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Person High School athlete Magen Elliott has decided to challenge herself athletically, but some of her newest off-the-field challenges are also likely to claim her time going forward as well.
Elliott remembers stepping out of her comfort zone in the seventh grade and trying out for the cheerleading squad and realizing she wasn’t all that excited about the sport.
“I had never really done anything remotely close to that and I wasn’t really all that flexible,” said Elliott.
Spending time alongside her father and older brother, David, gave her the opportunity to learn to play basketball and football.
Elliott also played basketball at Person, but gave up the sport after her sophomore season, which gave her more time to focus on other things.
Elliott was the young blood in her family until recently when her family decided to adopt a foster child and now younger brother Kevin is part of Elliott’s daily routine.
She now has the opportunity of being an older sister after growing up as the youngest of two children.
Helping her parents raise children has given her a sense of maturity and been an eye-opening experience.
According to Elliott’s family has adopted one of the foster children they served, they will continue to foster children ranging in age from newborns to ages two and will house up to two children at a time.
Her new brother will likely spend a lot of time at local sporting events watching his older sister.
Magen Elliott has learned to love the game and began putting her time and effort into the three sports she plays – track, cross country and tennis. Cross country season takes place at the same time as tennis season at Person High School, so this fall has been a busy time for her.
This season Elliott advanced to the state regional tournament which was held last Friday, and today, she will run in the state cross country regionals.
“I am not going to give up until it is over. I am not going to think that is way out of reach. I don’t want it to end here. I want it to keep going,” said Elliott.
Preparing for regionals isn’t the only challenge Elliott has made for herself this year. Much of her success is aimed toward attending UNC Chapel Hill next fall.
“I would love to run in college and even if I don’t end up getting a scholarship for a varsity team if I don’t make it for them to recruit me I would like to do club and then be a walk on,” said Elliott.
The summer before her senior year Elliott attended the Nike Cross Country Distance Camp at UNCChapel Hill.
This program recruited athletes from across the United States, giving her the opportunity to work with athletes at a higher level.
“This year she has really stepped up as a leader on the team and has really devoted herself to be committed to running and helping the team improve. She has really stood out this year as one of those leaders not just for herself but for the rest of the team,” said Coach Morgan Meyer.