Story by Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Information Bria Irizarr
The 2021 spring athletics season is officially underway at Durham Academy, with the varsity track and field and varsity boys tennis teams having donned their green and white and faced interscholastic competition. The girls track and field team took first place in its opening meet, while the boys came in six points shy of first place. Both teams will host Ravenscroft School and Coastal Christian High School in their second tri-meet of the season on Friday. DA boys tennis is 2–0 on the season after sweeping both Ravenscroft and Trinity School over the last 12 days.
The baseball squad will open its regular season Friday at Trinity at 4 p.m., while girls lacrosse hits the road for the team’s season opener vs. Cary Academy on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
DA boys tennis kicked off the season before spring break with a 9–0 win on the road at Ravenscroft. The doubles teams secured a strong start with 3–0 sweep, losing just four total games. Seniors Jackson Zobrist and Frank Borden took an 8–2 win on court one; sophomore Paul Wang teamed with junior Gavin Levinson for an 8–2 win on court two; and sophomores Pete Crowley and Owen Brent-Levenstein were 8–0 winners on court three.
Singles action opened with Crowley, who won the last nine games of his match for a 2&0 win on court one. Wang and Borden were impressive in their wins on courts two and three. Brent-Levenstein trailed 4–3 in the first before running off the last nine games on court four. Zobrist battled from a 5–3 second-set deficit on court five for an 0&5 win. Senior Joey Shaheen took a 4&1 win on court six.
DA took to the courts again Wednesday vs. visiting Trinity School and swept the Lions in both singles and doubles action. In singles, the Cavs lost just four matches total between courts three through six. In doubles action, Wang and Borden earned an impressive 8–1 win, Shaheen and Brent-Levenstein secured an 8–3 victory, and senior Jackson Preble and eighth-grader Jet Bilsborrow came away 8–2 on the evening.
The Cavs head back to the courts on Tuesday, when they host Wesleyan Christian at 4:15 p.m.
Girls Track & Field
In the first meet of the spring 2021 season, the girls track and field team took first place over visiting North Raleigh Christian Academy and Wesleyan Christan Academy. The girls finished with a combined 84 points, followed by NRCA in second place (50) and Wesleyan Christian in third place (12).
DA earned eight first-place finishes in the track events and two first-place finishes in the field events. On the track, sophomore Mariam Abdelbarr placed first individually in the 200-meter dash and helped both the 4x100 meter relay team and the 4x400 meter relay team to first-place finishes. DA had the top five finishers in the 100-meter dash: sophomore Amani Diallo, junior Julianna Hallyburton, senior Lee Jeffries, sophomore Jordin Brown and ninth-grader Kate Parker. Senior Helen Hulka took first place in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, while classmate Anna Catherine Wilson was first over the finish line in the 1,600-meter run.
In field events, Hallyburton placed first in the pole vault and junior Izzi Gershon placed first in the girls long jump.
Boys Track & Field
DA boys track and field came in second place by a slim six points to visiting NRCA in the first meet of the season. NRCA finished with a total of 67 points, followed by DA with 61 points and Wesleyan Christian with 19 points.
The boys track and field team had four first-place finishes in the track events, and senior Alexei Byerly had the lone first-place finish in the field events for his performance in the high jump. The track events were highlighted by the DA mid-distance relays teams. The first place 4x200-meter relay team included seniors Charlie Robb, Ryan Norris, Alexei Byerly and sophomore Noah Triplett. The first-place 4x400-meter relay team included senior Jay Shanahan, juniors Lars Oehler and Todd Roessler and sophomore Aaron Caveney. Caveney also took first place in the 800-meter run, while junior George Linney finished first in the 3,200-meter run.
Both the girls and boys track & field teams return to competition Friday when they host Coastal Christian Academy and Ravenscroft. The meet will kick off at 4 p.m.
Keeping up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the Durham Academy App (available on the Apple App Store).
- For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit www.da.org/teams.
- Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
- All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).
The DA App: Schedules and Results
- The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
- The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.