Ravenscroft Athletics and the track and field team hosted the Raven Relays & Multi Championships on April 29-30, 2022. In addition to several local schools, the event drew nearly 20 teams from across the state, from Charlotte to Asheville to Fayetteville and the Outer Banks, bringing more than 500 athletes to campus to compete in a thrilling two-day event.
Head track and field head coach Mike Ramel shared the following recap of the event:
The meet featured two divisions: a Varsity Division and a Frosh/Soph Division, which included athletes in seventh through 10th grades. The Ravens ran, threw and jumped their way to several meet records on their way to winning three out of four team titles: the girls team swept both the Varsity and Frosh/Soph team titles, while the boys won the Frosh/Soph title and finished as runners-up to Charlotte Latin in the Varsity Division.
Aside from the standard order of events seen at any track meet, the Raven Relays featured several unique events such as the shuttle hurdle, sprint medley, distance medley and 4x1600m relay. The prime focus of the meet, however, was North Carolina’s only in-season high school decathlon, pentathlon and throwing pentathlon.
In the decathlon, athletes compete in 10 events over two days, earning points in each event to eventually name a champion. Ravenscroft’s own Zoe King ’22 came away the girls champion, scoring 4,055 points — one of the top marks in the nation. In the boys decathlon, Will Vaughn of Charlotte Latin took the gold, while Max Moser ’23 and Alex Wood ’23 of Ravenscroft took home the silver and bronze, respectively. Jacob Margraf ’23, Jack Pruden ’23 and Dexter Beatty ’23 also competed for Ravenscroft.
The Ravens had Asher Sonntag ’24 and Jack Shepherd ’22 take silver and bronze in the boys pentathlon, competing in five events in one day. Davis Ellis ’23 also competed for Ravenscroft.
In the throwing pentathlon, Michael Griffin ’23 took the silver medal for the boys and Sofia Herbert ’24 took home gold and Rachel Zaytoun ’24 earned silver for the girls. Bennett Gillespie ’23 and Harrison Mehr ’23 also competed for Ravenscroft. It was a great showing for the Ravens in the multi events!
All total in the Varsity Division, Ravenscroft girls took home six gold medals, 11 silver medals and two bronze medal finishes, while the boys had five gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals.
The meet also featured 27 meet records — including those from previous invitationals hosted at Ravenscroft and 16 facility records or best-ever performances at the Ravenscroft track and field facility.
Some highlights of these performances for Ravens boys include Alex Olander ’22 winning four of the boys’ five gold medals by taking the Frosh/Soph Division high jump and long jump and pacing the 4x100 and sprint medley relays to victory. The other gold medal was awarded to the quartet of Sundesh Donthi ’25, Yatin Gadicharla ’24, Andrew Abbott ’24 and Kyle Coats ’24 in the Frosh/Soph 4x400 relay. Sundesh also added to his medal collection with a silver in the Frosh/Soph 4x200 relay and bronze in the open Frosh/Soph 400m. Kyle brought home silver in the Frosh/Soph 400m and pole vault. Jack Douglas ’24 earned silver in the Frosh/Soph 200m and bronze in the Frosh/Soph 100m.
In the Varsity girls, Lauren Hayes ’23 took bronze in the 100m as well as silver in the sprint medley relay and 4x100 relay. The 4x100 relay team featured Jakiya Quao ’24, Danielle Williams ’22 and Lucy Schmalz ’22 as well, finishing in a 52.38, which is now the leading time in the Triangle Independent School Athletic Conference heading into the Conference Championship next week. Charlotte Stringer ’26 showed her distance strength, winning the Frosh/Soph 1600 and 3200 gold medals and aiding the distance medley relay to a gold medal finish as well. Haley Browne ’25 who was part of the gold-medal distance medley relay, also took home individual silver in the Frosh/Soph 800. The 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay of Tayla Nargassans ’23, Macey Malik ’26, Alice Pedretti ’23 and Samantha Schantz ’22 took home gold in a new Ravenscroft school record, which was also the seventh-fastest time in North Carolina this season.
New School Records
There were a few additional performances that set new Ravenscroft school records, including Zoe King’s 87’7” throw in the javelin and Max Moser’s 120’11” javelin toss. Both Zoe’s and Max’s scores in the decathlon qualify as new school records as well. Michael Griffin ’23’s performance of 33’8½” in the weight throw is a new school record in that event. Finally, the girls Varsity sprint medley relay team of Jakiya Quao ’24, Danielle Williams ’22, Samantha Schantz ’22 and Lauren Hayes ’23 set a new school record by nearly two seconds in this event.
All in all, it was a successful weekend for the Ravens as they head into the TISAC Championship next weekend, followed by the NCISAA State Championship a week later. The successful event would not have been possible without the outstanding support of the Ravenscroft community, as more than 60 volunteers worked throughout the weekend to create a special time for all involved. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success!
Read full results from the tournament here.