Durham Academy varsity girls cross country team earned the squad’s first state championship
in 22 years on Oct. 26. Seventh-grader Allison Hall crossed the finish line first to claim the individual title. Her 20:14 was 16 seconds ahead of ninth-grader Stella Stringer, who placed second. Sophomore Anna Catherine Wilson made it a 1–2–3 Durham Academy sweep with a third-place finish of 20:52.
Hall earned her individual title 30 years after her father, Conrad Hall, class of 1989, won the boys title, and her mother, Virginia Reves Hall, class of 1991, placed seventh in the girls race.
“The girls were just amazing,” Head Coach Costen Irons says. “We knew they had a really good chance of winning going in, but had no idea they were going to do it in the fashion they did.”
Junior Claire Middleton joined Hall, Stringer and Wilson on the All-State team by finishing eighth with a time 21:40. Sophomore Quinn Shanahan was the fifth Durham Academy runner to cross the finish line, as her 22:57 placed her 22nd.
The Durham Academy Cavaliers finished with 36 points to hold off second-place Cary Academy by 25 and third-place Charlotte Latin School by 33. Stringer was named NCISAA Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association 2018 4A Cross Country Athlete of the Year, and Head Coach Costen Irons was named Cross Country Coach of the Year.
The Durham Academy boys team earned the runner-up trophy in the state meet, losing by just one point to heavily favored Providence Day. Four Durham Academy boys made the All-State squad. Senior Neil Mosca (4th place) and sophomore Jay Shanahan (5th place), as well as juniors Mac Hays (10th place) and Mark Alkins (11th place) paced the Cavaliers. Senior Jack Anderson was the fifth Durham Academy runner, finishing in 20th place with a time of 18:45. Durham Academy’s team score of 50 trailed state champ Providence Day School’s 49 points.