Cavs Corner: Track and Field Teams Close Out Year with Stellar Performances

By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach 
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The 2018–2019 athletics season has come to a close, and with it another successful run for Cavalier student-athletes. Our boys and girls track and field teams closed out the school year with seventh-place finishes in the state meet and three individual state championship performances.

A full recap of the meet is below, along with a list of our spring award winners and the recipients of our major athletic awards, including the new Steve Engebretsen Athletics Leadership Award. Congratulations to all Durham Academy student-athletes and their coaches for a great year!

Track and Field

Both the boys and girls track teams placed seventh in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state meet at Cannon School last weekend. Three races ended with Cavaliers claiming state titles. Junior Mark Alkins won the 800m individual event and then teamed with seniors Jack Anderson, Nick Epstein and Neil Mosca to win the 4x800 relay state championship. On the girls side, seventh-grader Allison Hall won the 3200m state championship. The boys 4x800 team’s state championship performance was also a school record, one of three school records set over the weekend. The boys 4x100 team of senior Jack Petrucci, senior Bryant Randleman, senior Donovan Herndon and sophomore Cole Sinclair finished with a new school record time of 43.52, and Herndon set a school record in the 100m dash by placing fourth with a time of 11.03. Other top performances on the boys side include Epstein’s third in the 1600 and 15th in the 800; Mosca’s 10th in the 800 and fifth in the 1600; sophomore Ryan Norris’ eighth-place finish in the 300m hurdles; and sophomore Justin Florence’s eighth-place discus finish. 

On the girls side, in addition to Hall’s state championship in the 3200m race, the Cavaliers girls placed four of the top five positions in the race; sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson was second, junior Claire Middleton was fourth and ninth-grader Stella Stringer finished fifth. Wilson (third), Stringer (fifth), Hall (seventh) and Middleton (10th) all finished in the top 10 in the 1600m race. Ninth-grader Julianna Hallyburton was the state runner-up in the pole vault competition, while sophomore Quinn Shanahan was seventh in the 800m race. Congratulations to Coach Costen Irons and all of his student-athletes for a great season this spring. 

Spring Awards Event

Varsity student-athletes, their coaches and families gathered Sunday night in Kenan Auditorium for the spring awards event. This spring, we had 22 All-Conference honorees, seven All-State honorees and three conference players of the year. Our three major recognitions of senior athletes were joined by a new award this year, the Steve Engebretsen Athletics Leadership Award. This award, in honor of departing Director of Athletics Steve Engebretsen, is presented to one male and one female student in grades 9 through 11 in recognition of leadership on and off the playing fields. The inaugural winners of the Steve Engebretsen Athletics Leadership Award are juniors Caroline Sapir (field hockey and lacrosse) and Will Nichols (soccer and track). 

Seniors Anna West (field hockey and lacrosse) and Neil Mosca (cross-country and track) are this year’s DA nominees for the Durham Sports Club Scholar-Athlete of Durham County Awards. These two will compete with seniors from the other Durham County schools for scholarships that will be presented at the Durham Sports Club gathering on June 5. Seniors Julia King (tennis and lacrosse) and Nick Epstein (soccer and track) were awarded this year’s Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Awards, while seniors Bryant Randleman (basketball and track) and Imani Spence (volleyball, basketball and lacrosse) were awarded the Kurt Meyer ’77 Senior Athlete Awards.







Final TISAC Prestige Cup Standings

Durham Academy finished tied for first in the boys standings and fourth in the girls standings in the annual TISAC Prestige Cup, an all-sport competition that awards points for final conference finishes. This is the second consecutive year that our boys programs have earned this honor.

Points School
46 Cary Academy
44 North Raleigh Christian Academy
42.5 Ravenscroft School
41.5 Durham Academy
24 Saint Mary's School
17 Wake Christian Academy
Points School
41 Durham Academy
41 Ravenscroft School
29 Cary Academy
22 North Raleigh Christian Academy
14 Wake Christian Academy


Keeping up with the Cavs

As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: Schedules and Results

  • For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit
  • 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.
  • For a recap of athletics results and scores, visit
  • 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.