Saturday, May 15, will undoubtedly go down as one of the most memorable days in Providence Day sports history as the Chargers captured four NCISAA state championships. It all started at 10:00 AM at Cary Academy with the Boys and Girls Track and Field championships.
GIRLS and BOYS FINAL RESULTS: https://bit.ly/33XPNvn
EVENT VIDEOS: https://bit.ly/3yqsDMk
According to Girls Head Coach Carol Lawrence: “This was the most well-rounded, talented team to ever travel to the State Championships as we were able to earn points in every single event but one.” In typical Coach Lawrence fashion, she also added: “We will rectify that next year!”
The girls came away with their eighth straight NCISAA state title. This team was every coach's dream team because they were strong in all areas - Uche Osunkwo, Taylor Sanchez, and Emily Ritchie represented the throwers and all scored points for the team. This is the first time in a long while that we were represented by multiple throwers.
Ari Gibson, Kenna White, Claire Miller represented the pole vaulters where Claire placed 2nd and Ari who was ranked 7th going in, vaulted a PR to move up the ranking to score points.
The jumpers were represented by Ijeoma Eziri, Santana Spearman, Eliza Cardwell where they had a clean sweep in both the long and triple jump. Kenna White represented the high jumpers where she was ranked 6th going in. She had a huge PR and placed 2nd, giving us more points than anticipated.
This was the largest distance squad to go to the State Championships and they delivered big time. Morgan Boonshaft, Carly Arrington, and Tate Arrington started the show in the running events where they placed 1st, 2nd, and 5th respectively in the 3200m. Carly was ranked 3rd going into the championships but gained extra points when she finished 2nd. That was the first state title for Morgan. The same trio scored again in the 1600m. Morgan avenged her loss at the Conference Championships by winning that event for a second state title. Carly finished 3rd and Tate 6th. The 4X800m team of Ashley Horwitz, Mia Streitberger, Sophi Powell, and Kate Longo did an awesome job of placing 2nd.
In the sprints and hurdles event, Falon Spearman, Santana Spearman, and Eliza Cardwell had a clean sweep in the 100m hurdles. Falon and Eliza came back later in the 300m hurdles and placed 1st and 2nd, where Falon ran the US #4 time and #3 All-Time in North Carolina.
Eh'Naya White represented in the 400m and the 200m where she placed 4th and 6th.
The 4X100m relay team of Claire Miller, Ivy Brainard, Morgan Deblitz, and Brianna Haney finished 7th and earned points for the team.
The 4X200m relay team of Ijeoma Eziri, Falon Spearman, Santana Spearman, Eh'Naya White placed first and the 4X400m relay team of Ijeoma, Eh'Naya, Ashley Horwitz, and Falon placed first.
The following girls placed first in their individual events and received All-State designation:
-Morgan Boonnshaft: All-State in the 3200m and 1600m
-Ijeoma Eziri: All-State in the Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4X200m, and 4X400m
-Falon Spearman: All-State in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, 4X200m, 4X400m
-Santana Spearman: All-State in the 4X200m and 4X400m
- Eh'Naya White: All-State in the 4X200m and 4X400m
-Ashley Horwitz: All-State in the 4X400m
1 Providence Day…202.5
2 Charlotte Country Day…118
3 Charlotte Christian…67.5
5 Durham Academy…47.5
6 Metrolina Christian Academy…41
7 Cary Academy…36.5
8 Charlotte Latin…33.5
10 Covenant Day… 28
11 Rabun Gap Nacoochee…20
12 Greensboro Day…10
13 North Raleigh Christian…8
14 Wesleyan Christian Academy…1
While the girls were dominating in their events, the boys were also dominating in theirs claiming their seventh state title in the last eight years (not counting 2020). It's a run dating back to 2013.
Boys Head Coach Ben Hovis had this to say after the last event and the scores were tallied: “Everyone that competed performed at their highest level and gave everything they could. The sheer joy displayed by the team throughout the day was at an all-time high.”
The first race of the day was the 3200m and senior Christian Landis got the team started by winning the 3200m and making it look easy. State title #1.
110h prelims - Solid running by the hurdle crew as usual with three guys making the final as anticipated. Luke Manna, Kasey Brooks, and Zach Villegas all moved on.
100 prelims - Chris Peal set the standard with a new PR in the prelims going 9.78. Brunner Williams qualified with the #2 time heading into the finals.
Chris Peal took 3rd in the long jump with a new PR on his final attempt getting out over 22 feet! Zach Villegas also did well to make the finals finishing in the 9th spot.
In the shot put, Reed Nobili grabbed a new PR and Marc Magno was able to come away with a much-needed point when he finished eighth.
The 4x800 relay team of Zach Makemson, David Jones , Andrew Thomas, and Colter Nichols ran a huge season PR and placed 2nd overall after being seeded 7th. Colter dropped a nasty 1:54.6 on the anchor and almost reeled in 1st place.
The triple jump provided a nice surprise for the Chargers; no one was expected to score, but Nate Abraham had other plans. Jumping a new PR by well over a foot, Nate not only got points but he placed 4th overall!
In the 110 hurdles Luke Manna ran a new PR and first time under 16 seconds to place 3rd overall. Kasey and Zach also earned the team points by placing 5th and 8th overall.
Chris Peal looked like he was shot from a cannon winning the 100m dash in another PR of 10.75. This is the 2nd fastest time in school history. Brunner Williams came back the last 50 meters to get 2nd place in 10.87. State title #2.
Colter and Christian returned to the track in the 1600m and placed 2nd and 3rd respectively earning valuable points for the team.
In the 4x100 relay, Bleu Coleman, Chris Peal, Nate Abraham, and Sven Persson ran a solid race claiming 5th place and contributing four points.
Bryce Scott and Brunner Williams took to the 400meters in typical fashion going 1st and 2nd overall. Bryce dipped under 50 seconds again for the 4th time this season. Brunner had to fight hard the last 100m to get 2nd but he's a fighter. State title #3.
Luke Manna broke 40 seconds for the first time in the 300 meters hurdles to earn the runner up spot. Kasey Brooks and Eddie Horwitz placed 7th and 8th overall to make it three scorers for PD.
Colter, already having a big day, wasn't super happy with the 1600 and took it out on the 800 leading wire to wire in the 800. Going 1:56, he claimed the state title. Christian, who wasn't supposed to score, ended up 8th overall getting another point for the team. State title #4.
The 200-meter race was impressive. Coming into the season, the school record was 22.12. The trio of Brunner, Bryce, and Chris ALL went under that time and swept the podium going 1,2,3. Brunner won in 21.91, Bryce was 22.02, and Chris went 22.08! That means these are the fastest 3 200m runners in school history! State title #5.
The team title was a lock after the 200, so the 4x400 race became pressure free. However, this quartet hadn't lost all season and they weren't about to lose now. Brunner, Bryce, Kasey, and Colter did their thing again, winning the 4x400 handily. State title #6.
The boys team totaled 151 points, the most ever scored by a PD team. Although he is still doing some research, Head Coach Ben Hovis believes “It's the most ever scored by a NCISAA team to win the title. This was a great team performance and one that will never be forgotten. Well done!”
1 Providence Day…151
2 Christ School…107
3 Charlotte Country Day…70.5
4 Cary Academy…65
5 Charlotte Christian…57
6 Charlotte Latin…48
7 Metrolina Christian Academy…35
8 Covenant Day…32
9 Rabun Gap Nacoochee…28
10 Durham Academy…27
11 North Raleigh Christian…24
14 Wake Christian Academy…12
15 Greensboro Day…1