George Freiberger (Westchester Country Day) headlines the state championship meet of the smaller private schools.
Athletes to Watch
Aminah Gaffar (Fayetteville Academy) is one of the most versatile athletes in the state, and one of the best candidates to be a heptathlete at the next level. She is the #1 seed in both hurdle races, #2 in the long jump, and #3 in the high jump...and she would have been the #1 seed in the shot put had she chosen to enter it! Courtney Thomas (Victory Christian Center) is the top seed in the 100 and 200, while teammate Tyreon Gaddis leads in the 400, the long jump, and the high jump. Aundrea Holmes (Cary Christian) has only recently returned to racing after some down time due to injury, but she is more than capable of winning all three distance races; her toughest test will be in the 800, where Abby Adams (St. David's, right) has run 2:24.0, leading the field by 8 seconds. Kianna Goodson (Victory Christian) is the #1 seed in the discus and #2 in the shot put.
Teams to Watch
Victory Christian looks like the overwhelming favorite to win another state title, which would be their fourth in a row. There looks to be a great battle for second place, though, as Asheville Christian and Cary Christian look almost identical on paper. Those two teams will battle in the 4x800, while Victory Christian is the top seed in the 4x200 and 4x400.
Athletes to Watch
Not only is George Freiberger (Westchester Country Day) the best athlete in this meet, but he is as good as nearly any athlete in any classification, public or private. Currently ranked #2 in North Carolina in the triple jump, George is also the #1 seed in the 110 hurdles and the long jump, as well as the #2 seed in the 300 hurdles. Don't be surprised if he walks out of the meet with 4 titles and an MVP award, although Aaron Seward (Davidson Day) stands in the way in the longer hurdle race. Sophomore Jordan Brown (Davidson Day) is one of the top young sprinters in the state, ranking 3rd among sophomores from all classes in the 100. He holds the top spot on the performance list in both the 100 and the 200. Claytin Lewis (Word of God) is the leading 400 runner in the field, and the only one under 50. Forrest Lasher (St. David's) has cleared 14' 1" in the pole vault, over 3 feet higher than any other competitor; that means he will probably win on his first jump. 8th-grader Ricky Smith (Davidson Day) leads all competitors in the shot put and is seeded #3 in the discus. Sully Pierce (Asheville Christian) has cleared 6' 3" in the high jump, against a field that doesn't have anyone else over 5' 10". Trevor Sleight (Carolina Day, left) is the #1 seed in the 3200 and #2 in the 1600, while Chris Anderson (Westchester Country Day) is #1 in the 1600 and #2 in the 3200; both races could be good battles.
Teams to Watch
On the strength of Freiberger, Westchester is a slight favorite going into the meet. Asheville Christian and Victory Christian are both within striking range, though, and those two schools should at least stage a spirited battle for second if they can't challenge for first. Asheville Christian looks dominant in the 4x800, while Davidson Day is the top seed in the 4x100 and 4x400.