DAVIDSON – Davidson Day didn’t let an injury to its top sprinter squash its hopes.
The Patriots rallied after Jordan Brown injured his hamstring in preliminaries and won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A/2A boys track championship May 18 in Cary.
Davidson Day, which won five individual events and had a handful of second- and third-place finishers, won with 91 points. Second-place Westchester Country Day had 88 points, followed by Victory Christian’s 73.
Aaron Seward, a senior, dominated the sprint events, winning state championships in the 100-meter dash (11.23 seconds), 200-meter dash (22.75) and 300-meter hurdles (41.87).
Ricky Smith, a freshman, won state titles in the shot put (47 feet, eight inches) and discus (127-4). His toss in the shot put won by nearly six feet. Davidson Day’s Jake Helms was second in the discus and third in the shot put, which snagged valuable points toward the team championship.
“It was a very up-and-down feeling for the whole team,” Patriots coach Dave Hall said. “We all tried to relax when Jordan went out. They competed hard and it fell into place.”
Hall said he stopped charting scores midway through the meet. Instead, he urged his team to do their best in their events and not worry about overall scores or Brown, who was the reigning 100- and 200-meter state champion.
Mike Stevens was third in the 100-meter dash and Glenn Coates finished second in the triple jump. Seward, in addition to his three individual titles, anchored Davidson Day’s 400-meter relay team that finished third.
“Aaron did a great job,” Hall said. “He was so instrumental in us winning. It was a surprise when we heard the final (team) score announced.”
Davidson Day, fourth in last year’s state meet, had supplanted Westchester Country Day as champion.
“We have good athletes, many who’ve played on two state championship football teams,” Hall said. “They know how to handle adversity. Do the best you can and don’t worry about it.”
Zammitti wins three state championships
Davidson Day’s Melissa Zammitti dominated the NCISAA 1A/2A girls track meet by winning three distance events.
Zammitti, an eighth-grader, won the 800-meter race in 2:30.07, the 1,600-meter race in 5:33.40 and the 3,200-meter race in 11:53. In all three races, she used late kicks to edge Marissa Bishop (Cary Christian). Zammitti won the 800 by two-thirds of a second, the 1,600 by 1.2 seconds and the 3,200 by 20 seconds.
“She has really developed as a smart tactician,” Hall said. “I am so proud of her. She’s learning to race effectively in big races. She won two races right at the end. Melissa was confident in her kick. She knew to sit, wait and be patient.”
Zammitti was the state cross-country champion last fall.
Zammitti’s times in all three races were personal bests. Last year at the state meet, as a seventh-grader, she finished sixth in the 800- and 1,600-meter races and fourth in the 3,200 meters.
“She is very coachable,” Hall said. “She really won those races in the last 15-20 meters.”