CHARLOTTE – Coming into this season, Providence Day girls track and field coach Carol Lawrence knew there would be a learning curve with her team.
“This was our youngest team that we’ve ever put together and we had some girls who had never done track before at all,” she said. “The work that they had to put in was hard, but it was a matter of coaching them and having them work very hard to get to where they did.”
And where they got was quite remarkable, but it’s also becoming commonplace for a Charger team that has now won six consecutive state championships after totaling 149 points – which was 72 points more than runners-up Charlotte Country Day and Forsyth Country Day who finished tied for second in the state with 77 points apiece.
The Chargers were led by individual state champions Olivia Hee, Eliza Cardwell and Molly Firr and a pair of state champion relay teams.
Hee, who was not feeling her best, won the 100-meter dash (finishing in 12.17 seconds) and took second in the long jump (clearing 17 feet, 6.25 inches) and placed third in the 200 (25.54).
“Olivia wasn’t feeling great, but she got herself together and was a great leader for us, talking individually to everyone getting them going,” Lawrence said.
Firr was the 800-meter state champion, running 2 minutes, 18.36 seconds.
Cardwell was spectacular, winning the 300 hurdles (45.68) and placing second in the 100 hurdles (15.57) and in the triple jump (35-5.75). Cardwell also finished third in the long jump (16-6.75).
“Ice water flows through Eliza’s veins and nothing fazes that kid,” Lawrence said. “She just started triple jump this season because we didn’t have anyone to do the triple jump or the high jump, and she goes out and places second in the state. She’s very easy to work with and very coachable.”
The Chargers also won the 4×100 (50.82) with Myah Gabriel, Camille Hough, Camryn Taylor and Hee running 50.82 seconds and won the 4×800 with Ananyaa Bharadwaj, Reagan Cronk, Firr and Justine Cronk combining to run 9:31.59.
In addition, Providence Day had a number of other individual placers.
Chloe Kearney placed third in the 400 (59.76) was fourth in the 200 (26.42) and finished sixth in the 100 (13.01).
Kai Mawougbe finished fifth in the 400 (1:02.69), Bharadwaj was second in the 3,200 (5:23.82) and seventh in the 800 (2:25.62), Reagan Cronk placed seventh in the 1,600 (5:31.69) and Justine Cronk finished second in the 3,200 (11:42.52).
The Chargers also placed third in the 4×400 (4:09.57) and were fourth in the 4×200 (1:48.94).
The success of this team is about our good leadership,” Lawrence said. “If you have the strong captains and great leadership we will always be successful. It was great to see our girls respond the way they did. We have a good group of eighth-graders coming up who hungry to get here, so we want to keep working and keep this going.”
Bucs girls tie for second
RALEIGH – Charlotte Country Day tied Forsyth Country Day for second place at the NCISAA track and field championship May 19 at Ravenscroft High School.
The Bucs won the state championship in the 4×200-meter relay as Kaia Putman, Caroline Kosmicki, Clarkson Graham and Kathryn Keighty combined to run 1 minute, 47.05 seconds to take the crown.
Charlotte Latin finished fourth in the state with 53.5 points. The Hawks were led by Sydney Scott won three events including the the 200 (25.08), long jump (17-8.75) and the triple jump (36-10.0). Scott also was second in the 100 (12.19).
Charger boys place second
RALEIGH – The Providence Day boys track and field team saw their streak of five consecutive state championships come to an end May 19, but still had an impressive showing as they placed second at the NCISAA boys final.
Adam Roupas, in his first season as a hurdler, won the 300-meter hurdles to lead the way with a time of 39.25 seconds.
Providence girls win 4×400 relay
GREENSBORO – The Providence girls 4×400-meter relay won a state championship at the NCHSAA Class 4A final May 19 at N.C. A&T University. Greensboro.
The Panther girls finished ninth in the state, becoming the only south Charlotte boys or girls team to place within the top 10.
The 4×400 relay team, consisting of Nimeesha Coleman, Zaria Dunlap, Ariana Rivera and Ella Mainwaring Foster, ran 3 minutes, 31.59 seconds to win the state title.