It's not a surprise that the NCISAA TFCCCA announced Falon Spearman and Colter Nichols their "Athletes of the Year" for the 2021 season. Even less of a surprise was their announcement that Head Coach Carol Lawrence was named the "Girls Coach of the Year" and Head Coach Ben Hovis the "Boys Coach of the Year"
Junior Falon Spearman had an outstanding season culminating in an impressive performance at the NCISAA State Championships at Cary Academy. She won two individual events and participate in two winning sprint relays. Falon received All-State honors in both the 100 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles where she ran the US #4 best time and the #3 North Carolina best time. She added to her two individual All-State honors as a member of both the winning 4x200 meter relay team and the 4x400 meter relay team.
Similar to Falon, senior Colter Nichols also had an outstanding track season and performance at the state championships. He started his day as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team that ran a huge season PR and placed 2nd overall after the team was seeded 7th. Colter ran a 1:53.7 anchor leg and almost reeled in 1st place. After a short break, Colter returned to the track in the 1600 meter run and was runner-up adding valuable points to the team total. Already having a big day, he wasn't happy with his runner-up performance in the 1600 and took it out on the 800 meter leading wire to wire and finishing with an impressive 1:56 claiming another All-State title for the Chargers. If this wasn't enough, Colter joined the 4x400 relay team winning the event handily and bringing the sixth state title to the team and his second All-State title.
Winning NCISAA Track and Field State Championships is not new to Head Coach Carol Lawrence.The girls came away with their eighth straight NCISAA state title. According to Coach 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 team surpassed 200 points finishing the day with 202.5 total points which were 84.5 more then the runner-up finish. Some coaches win because they recruit great talent; Coach Lawrence wins because she sees everyone's potential and develops that potential to its fullest.
Like Coach Lawrence, Boys Head Coach Ben Hovis isn't a stranger to winning NCISAA state championships. 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, all led by Coach Hovis. At the conclusion of the state championships, Coach Hovis had this to say, “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 boys team totaled 151 points, the most ever scored by a PD team and possibly the most ever scored by a NCISAA team to win a title. Performances like these are always the reflection of the head coach and in this case, Head Coach Ben Hovis.
There are few, if any, coaches that have a better "track record" than Providence Day's Carol Lawrence and Ben Hovis!
Division 1 Girls Athlete of the Year
Division 1 Boys Athlete of the Year
Division 1 Girls Coach of the Year
Division 1 Boys Coach of the Year