HIGH POINT — As the state championship brews, private school teams across the region are looking to get in shape. So far, the results have been pretty solid.
Wesleyan Christian, High Point Christian and Westchester Country Day combined for 35 top-three finishes – including 11 wins – to highlight Friday’s seven-school athletics meet at the High Point Athletic Complex.
“For the people we had, we did pretty well,” Wesleyan coach Andy Thompson said. “We have good performers. We are not extremely strong (in terms of numbers), but we have good ones.
Calvary Day and Wesleyan Christian are tied for the win for the men’s team, each with 112.5 points. HPCA was third with 110.5, followed by Caldwell (93.5), Forsyth Country Day (91), Westchester (60) and Greensboro Day (54).
Forsyth Country Day won the women’s team total with 168 points, followed by Greensboro Day (139), Calvary Day (76), Caldwell (71), Wesleyan (67), HPCA (41) and Westchester (40).
Wesleyan has posted 14 podiums, highlighted by four wins. The winners for the Trojans were: Abbie Merhoff in the women’s shot put, Patrick Hissim in the boys’ 400, Donovan Calhoun edging out High Point Christian’s Isaiah Sanders in the boys’ 200 and Jones Barber in the boys’ 3,200.
The Cougars added 13 top-three finishes, including three wins. The winning events were: Sanders in an incredibly tight boys’ 100m against Wesleyan’s Calhoun who went down to the wire, as well as the girls’ 4×200 and boys’ 4×100 relays.
Westchester posted eight podium finishes, but tied for the most among teams in the region with four wins. The winners for the Wildcats were: Connor Apple in the boys’ pole vault, Cruz Hesling in the boys’ 1600, Ali Schwartz in the girls’ 3200 and the boys’ 4×400 relay in the final leg.
“We had very good individual performances. Having a week off for spring break didn’t help us much,” HPCA coach Heather Foster said with a laugh. “But we’re bouncing back and hoping to be at full strength by the time the conference meets.”
Wesleyan will then compete in the State Championships, while HPCA and Westchester will have another meeting on Wednesday at Forsyth Country Day before the PTAC Championship on May 12 at Forsyth Country Day.
The state championships will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21. Division I will be at Ravenscoft, Division II will be at Gaston Christian and Division III will be at Mount Olive.
Wesleyan, a 4A school, expects to have around eight qualifiers, while HPCA, a 3A school, expects around a dozen, and Westchester, a 2A school, expects around 16.
“It’s definitely about getting sharper and keeping everybody injury free,” Westchester coach Tim Anderson said. “I don’t believe you can win anything in the last 10 or 12 days. It’s about keeping kids fit and healthy. My worst fear is someone getting sick or hurt. So we will be very careful.