Herald Weekly Boys’ Track Athlete of the YearHerald Weekly Boys' Track Athlete of the Year

Name: Nick Lawson

School: Hopewell High

Class: Junior

Season highlights: Won the MECKA 4A Conference championship in the 400-meter run and was second in the long jump. … N.C. 4A West Regional champion in 400 meters and the 4 x 400-meter relay team.  … Recorded team-best marks in the 100-meter dash (10.84 seconds), 200-meter dash (21.94 seconds) and long jump (20 feet, four inches). … Qualified for the N.C. 4A state meet in four events – 200 and 400 meters, 4 x 200 relay and 4 x 400 meter.

 

 

Herald Weekly Boys’ Track Coach of the YearHerald Weekly Boys' Track Coach of the Year

Name: Michelle La Pointe

School: Hopewell High

Season highlights: Hopewell was an impressive third-place finisher among 26 teams in the N.C. 4A West Regional meet and scored 49 points. … She guided the Titans to a third-place finish in the MECKA 4A Conference meet, also. … Hopewell’s 4 x 400 relay team (Jairrin Dickens, Logan Chester, Nick Lawson and Micah Grier) was the regional champion and qualified for the New Balance Invitational, a national meet.

 

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Herald Weekly Girls’ Track Athlete of the YearHerald Weekly Girls' Track Athlete of the Year

Name: Malia Ellington

School: Community School of Davidson

Class: Junior

Season highlights: Won the N.C. 1A championships in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for the second straight year. … Broke her own N.C. 1A record in the 1,600 with a time of four minutes, 59.88 seconds and beat the field by almost 23 seconds. …

Broke a 12-year-old Mecklenburg County record in the 3,200 meters at the Raleigh Relays in March. … Finished fourth in the prestigious Penn Relays against a field of national competitors. … She also won the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic 3000-meter title in April.

 

 

Herald Weekly Girls’ Track Coach of the YearHerald Weekly Girls' Track Coach of the Year

Name: Marc Sweet

School: Community School of Davidson

Season highlights: Directed the Spartans, in only their second varsity season, to 30 points and a ninth-place finish among 42 teams at the N.C. 1A championship meet. … Sweet’s squad also finished seventh among 16 teams at the N.C. 1A West Regional meet in which it scored 42 points. … Most of the Spartans were underclassmen, which should translate into another contending team next spring.