DAVIDSON – Malia Ellington made Community School of Davidson a track power in its first varsity season.
Ellington, a sophomore, won state championships in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races at the N.C. 1A championship in Greensboro. She was named co-Most Valuable Athlete at the state meet. Ellington is the Herald Weekly’s Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
“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. And it’s a great accomplishment for our team to make it that far in our first season.”
Ellington’s first victory came in the 1,600 meters, which she ran in five minutes, 1.37 seconds. It was a state-record time, and she won by 23 seconds. She shattered the 20-year-old state record by more than four seconds.
In the 800 meters, Ellington’s winning time of 2:20.37 was six seconds ahead of the field.
Ellington capped her championship day in the 3,200-meter race, which she finished in 11:42.66. She won by 10 seconds.
Ellington scored 30 of CSD’s 35.5 points. The first-year Spartans finished fourth among 48 teams in the state meet.
Ellington also ran on the Spartans’ 3,200-meter relay team with Marissa Lundsten, Lucy Coppola and Megan Perkins. They finished fourth in 10:23, which trimmed 25 seconds off their best time of the season.
“She’s a competitor, right from the start,” Community School of Davidson coach Marc Sweet said. “She can improve by gaining more race experience and keep working hard, and continue to have fun.”
Elllington, a nationally ranked triathlete, showed her competitive drive after the meet, too, Sweet said. She had a neck full of dangling gold medals, had just set the 1,600-meter state record and told Sweet “next year, they’re all mine,” he said.
“A true competitor,” Sweet said.