DAVIDSON – Aaron Seward knew Davidson Day’s boys track team had a good chance of winning heading into the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A/2A championship meet.
Then, teammate Jordan Brown, the team’s top sprinter, was injured in preliminaries.
Enter Seward, who had a spectacular day to help Davidson Day win the state title. He is the Herald Weekly Boys Track Athlete of the Year.
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).
He also switched to the anchor leg (normally Brown’s spot) in the 400-meter relay. When Seward got the baton, the Patriots were in fifth place. When he crossed the finish line, the Patriots were third.
“I knew after J.B. (Brown), I was the fastest, so I had to pick up where we normally had him,” Seward said. “It gave me extra motivation. Without J.B., our chances weren’t great, but we stuck with it. At the end of the meet, they called out our name as champions, and we didn’t believe it at first.”
Seward’s times in the 100- and 200-meter races were personal bests.
“Aaron has been a pleasure to coach," Davidson Day coach Dave Hall said. "He always gives us his best and is a real workhorse when we needed it."
Davidson Day won by only three points, so every event was important. In the 200 meters, Seward lost in the preliminaries, but he qualified to run in the final.
“The guy who beat me lined up next to me in the final,” Seward said. “I made it my job not to lose again.”
Seward, a record-setting wide receiver on Davidson Day’s football team, signed to play football at Carson-Newman University this fall. He’ll also be a hurdler on the track team.