After two years away, Melissa Zammitti returned to Davidson Day for her junior year in high school.
The return paid off in a big way for both Zammitti and the Patriots’ girls track team.
Zammitti won three events – the most of any competitor – at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A/2A state track championships, held May 20-21 at North Raleigh Christian Academy in Raleigh.
Zammitti swept the girls 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for the second time in her track career – the same feat she pulled off as an eighth-grader at Davidson Day at the 2013 NCISAA state meet.
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Zammitti won the 800 title in 2 minutes, 22.74 seconds, more than three seconds ahead of Fayetteville Academy’s Morgan Dorsey. She was even more dominant in the 1,600, winning in 5:13.47 and beating Village Christian’s Jennifer Stephenson by nearly eight seconds; and in the 3,200, with her time of 11:01.50 beating Stephenson by nearly 12 seconds.
“I basically went in there thinking I should win all of them,” Zammitti said. “My times were right up there. There were some threats, but I had the confidence I could hold them off.”
Even though Zammitti has one more year at the high school level, she’s drawing attention from college track programs. She’s met with coaches at Harvard and Northeastern, and has been contacted by Cornell, Dartmouth, Tufts, Elon, Brown and the U.S. Military Academy.
“It would be cool to be a part of a team like in the ACC, that’s really competitive in running,” Zammitti said. “But my main focus now is to get into a school, because I want to go into the medical field. If running can get me into a good school for that, then I’ll use it. I won’t necessarily go to a school based on how good their team is.”
Other top finishers from the Lake Norman area were:
▪ Woodlawn School junior Quinn Schneider won one event and finished second in another at the NCISAA 1A/2A state championship meet in Raleigh.
Schneider won the boys 3,200-meter run in 9:31.53, more than eight seconds ahead of runner-up Luke Evans of Westchester Country Day. He also finished second in the boys 1,600-meter run, and came in eighth in the boys 800-meter run.
▪ Davidson Day’s Michael Clark medaled in three events and scored in a fourth at the NCISAA 1A/2A state championships, leading the Patriots to a seventh-place finish in the team standings.
▪ Clark finished second in the boys long jump and triple jump, and was third in the boys 300-meter hurdles. He also finished fourth in the boys 110-meter hurdles.
▪ Mooresville’s Daniel McArthur posted a pair of second-place finishes – in the discus and shot put – at the N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A state meet, held May 21 at N.C. A&T University in Greensboro.
▪ Lake Norman Charter’s Mariah Howless also had a pair of second-place finishes – in the girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs – at the NCHSAA 2A state meet, held May 21 in Greensboro.
▪ Lake Norman Charter’s Izzy Evely finished third in the girls 800-meter run at the NCHSAA 2A state meet. She was also part of LNC’s 4x400-meter relay team (the other runners were Loren Smith, Raven Seldon and Destiny Benson) that finished second.
▪ Woodlawn School’s girls 4x100-meter relay team – composed of Amelia Woodall, Madison Berini, Carmen Lolla and Gracie Miller – finished third at the NCISAA 1A/2A state championships.
▪ Lake Norman’s boys 4x800-meter relay team – composed of Evan Harris, Jack Mastandrea, Zach Clark and Jeb Phillips – finished third at the NCHSAA 4A state meet.
▪ Hopewell’s Jada Woods finished third in the girls triple jump at the NCHSAA 4A state meet.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: BKiserCltObs@gmail.com.