Cavs Corner: Track and FieldĀ Teams Earn Performance of the Week

By Bria Irizarry
Twitter: @daathletics
Instagram: @dacavsathletics

This week’s Performance of the Week is highlighted by Durham Academy track and field. The Cavs have had three meets over the last six days and had some outstanding performances to show for it!

Last Thursday, Durham Academy hosted their first outing of the season against Wake Christian and Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. Three DA student-athletes posted marks that rank in the top 10 in school history in their respective events. Sophomore Ama Mensah-Boone ran the 300-meter hurdles in 50.9 seconds, junior Kennedy Turner registered a throw of 31 feet, 1 inch in the shot put and senior Jet Tanaka jumped 39 feet, 9.5 inches in the triple jump.

Just two days later, Durham Academy participated in the first- ever Cary Academy Invitational in Raleigh and the Cavs’ momentum continued. Boys track and field placed 12th out of 23 teams with the help of  junior Aaron Caveney, who placed first in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.9. His time ranks as the seventh fastest in the 800 meters in school history. Junior Zebee Jewell-Alibhai placed fourth in the 1,600 meters, followed by seniors George Linney in 10th and Michael Yancy in 19th. Junior Sanju Patel placed fifth in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:10.32, and junior Sumner Virkler placed ninth in the shot put with a throw of 35-10.2.

On the girls side, sophomore Allison Hall placed ninth in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line at 2:37.8, and ninth-grader Anna Tricomi placed 22nd in the 1,600 meters with a time of 6:17.43. Sophomore Ava Rose Turek placed 10th in the long jump (13-07.00). The girls placed 24th overall out of 26 teams.

On Tuesday, Durham Academy hosted the North Carolina School of Science and Math, Wesleyan Academy and St. David’s School. In the field events, ninth-grader Ali Laros and senior Izzi Gershon took first and second, respectively, in the girls long jump, and sophomore Evan Pfeil and Tanaka placed first and third, respectively, in the boys long jump. The Cavs swept the girls high jump with Turek, Gershon and Laros taking first, second and third. Senior Zoe Sinclair also took first place in the shot put. Both the boys and girls had a strong showing in the 3,200 meters with sophomore Hutch Levinson and junior Brian Zhou coming in second and third place, respectively, in the boys event and eighth-grader Audrey Crowder, Hall and Tricomi coming in first, second and third in the girls event. 

Durham Academy track and field will compete again on Wednesday at Cary Academy 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
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  • 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 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.