DAVIDSON – The hectic pace of a state track meet didn’t slow Malia Ellington.
Ellington, a sophomore at Community School of Davidson, won state championships in three events at the N.C. 1A meet May 10 in Greensboro. She also was named co-Most Valuable Athlete, despite having little downtime between events.
Ellington won the girls 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. It was the first year Community School competed at the state meet.
“It was just an amazing day,” Ellington said. “When I think about it, it’s hard to believe it happened. It is one of my greatest accomplishments.”
Ellington began her productive day by running on the 3,200-meter relay team with teammates Marissa Lundsten, Lucy Coppola and Megan Perkins. They finished fourth (among 16) in 10:23, which trimmed 25 seconds off their best time of the season.
Ellington’s medal assault began in the 1,600 meters, which she ran in 5:01.37. It was a state-record time, and she won by 23 seconds.
“I just went out from the start and tried to run a pretty good time,” she said.
Next up was the 800 meters, which Ellington covered in 2:20.37. She won by six seconds.
“I didn’t have much time between the 1,600 and 800, so it was kind of an advantage to keep the momentum going,” Ellington said. “I tried to take it out fast from the beginning.”
Ellington rested briefly while the 200-meter dash was being run. Her last challenge was the 3,200-meter race, which she finished in 11:42.66. She won by 10 seconds.
“By then, I was getting a little tired,” she said. “It was sunny when the race started, then about halfway through, it rained hard. Then the sun came out again.”
Ellington scored 30 of CSD’s 35.5 points. The first-year Spartans finished fourth among 48 teams in the girls meet. Ellington, despite her individual dominance, stressed how much fun she had being part of a new team.
Mark Sweet, CSD’s coach, said that the 3,200-meter relay team entered the meet ranked seventh. If they could get points from that quartet and some jumpers, they might be able to place as a team overall.
“The minute I said that, Malia just lit up,” he said. “This just tells you what kind of athlete she really is, thinking of the team first. So she dropped a sub-2:20 in the final leg (of the relay), placing us fourth, which basically helped clinch the fourth-place (team) finish for the first-ever Spartans girls track team.”
Hough’s Fields flashes speed
Hough High’s Mark Fields II won the 100-meter dash by a narrow margin at the N.C. 4A West Regional on May 11 in Asheville.
Fields, a sophomore, finished in 10.812 seconds, edging runner-up Quashawn Cunningham (Mallard Creek High), who ran it in 10.820 seconds. Field also beat third-place Kwame Donyihan (Myers Park), who is the reigning state champion in the 400 meters.
Fields advanced to the N.C. 4A meet May 18 at N.C. A&T in Greensboro. He also plays defensive back on Hough’s football team. His dad is former Carolina Panthers linebacker Mark Fields.
“We have been working the last week or so on his foot placement coming out to the blocks to set up his drive phase,” said Sweet, who also coaches Hough’s track team. “As we all know, a race can be lost or won on the start. He executed perfectly just like a true champion and competitor should during championship time.”
N.C. 4A regional highlights
• North Mecklenburg’s Michael Parkins won the boys 800 meters in 1:58.93. He also ran the anchor leg of the Vikings’ 3,200-meter relay team that won the regional championship in 8:02.21. Teammates were Rashaan Williams, Stephan Snyder and Matthew Farley.
• North Mecklenburg sprinter Sabrina Moore finished second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She’ll compete in both at the state meet May 18.
• Hough’s Kristen Williams was second in the girls high jump (five feet, two inches).
N.C. 1A state meet highlight
• Lake Norman Charter’s Sean Powers finished second in the 800 meters (1:59.84)