Making His Mark

Metrolina Christian freshman Abraham wins discus gold

by Aaron Garcia

Metrolina Christian Academy freshman Marcus Abraham captured gold in the discus at last week’s 3A private-school track and field championships. Aaron Garcia/UCW photo

On May 19, the Metrolina Christian Academy boys track and field program received its second individual title in school history and first 3A state championship when Warrior freshman Marcus Abraham placed first in the discus at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association meet at Charlotte Country Day.

Abraham uncorked an effort of 138 feet, 10 inches to take gold, well ahead of the second-place finisher, North Raleigh Christian’s Elijah Mallory (131-8).

Abraham was the lone freshman to win gold at the meet, which he said added to the accomplishment.

“When I won, it was a lot of excitement because it was my first time winning and I won it as a freshman,” said Abraham, who also added a sixth-place finish in the shot put (43-6).

“It was exciting because of all the hard work I’ve put into it. It was a good reward.”

Although this is his first high school season, Abraham is a veteran in track and field. He’s competed in the shot put for eight years and the discus for four after picking up the sport from his parents, Ben and Cordella, who each competed at South Carolina State University.

Abraham earned the title after holding a two-foot lead over Mallory following the preliminaries. After Mallory failed to better his 131-8 mark from the prelims, Abraham had a clear lane to the podium and unleashed the 138-10 effort, which was a personal best.

“It was appropriate that, not only did he win, but he won with his best throw of the season,” said Warriors coach Brett Honeycutt, who noted that Abraham had improved his distances in nearly every Metrolina Christian meet this season. “That’s kind of what you want to happen.”

Abraham said he was happy to provide the Warriors with their first 3A title and added that he’s excited for the momentum it could generate for the entire program.

“It felt like a good thing to accomplish because if you work hard, you’ll get your name out there,” said Abraham.

For Honeycutt, the title is a great example for the rest of his athletes.

“This will help them see in a tangible way that, ‘Hey, it’s not far-fetched to think that I can win a state title or that the team can win a state title.’”

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