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BEAUFORT —Andralyn Livingston had a great track and field career at East Carteret.
She holds five school records, was a part of two state-runner-up teams and an regional championship squad, won a state title as part of a relay team and was awarded the Most Outstanding Track and Field Atlete at a conference championship match and the Sportsmanship Award during a state championship meet.
She’ll now take that impressive résumé with her to East Carolina.
“I will miss track and cheer the most, and my coaches, for sure,”Livingston spoke highly of her time in the uniform of the Mariners. “I started thinking hard about it at the spring outdoor meet, realizing that was the last time I was going to be with these people, so that was sad. But I’m really excited for the college experience, because I think it is going to be 10 times better.”
Livingston accepted a preferred walk on spot with the Pirates after considering UNC Wilmington, schools in South Carolina and Georgia, and Florida. She chose UNCW and ECU, and followed her instincts.
“I had been considering a bunch of other schools, and I was having a hard time deciding where I wanted to go, because I wanted to make sure I went to the right place,”She spoke. “But after I visited, I knew, and I was really excited about it. I just wanted to feel at home and love the coaches and environment. I didn’t have to think about it. It was just where I wanted to go. I just knew.”
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Her choice of major played a role in her decision. She plans to study marketing with a key minor of fashion merchandising or consumer studies.
“Not every school has fashion merchandising, so I had to go to a school with that major,”She spoke.
Udon Cheek was a key part of her decision-making process. The easygoing East Carolina assistant coach assured her she would have fun in Greenville and learn a lot.
Cheek also walked on at ECU 1987 and was a volunteer coach during the mid-1990s, when Amanda Johnson, a former East Carteret star, excelled in jumps and sprints.
Livingston set East Carteret Records in the 55, 100, 200, 300, 300, 400, and 200 meters. Johnson also held some of these records. Cora Johnson held others and went on to compete at South Carolina State.
“She is a very rare and unique talent that we were blessed to have at East Carteret,” Mariners coach B.J. Frazier said. “To rewrite the record book is impressive, especially when you are putting your name with Amanda Johnson and Cora Johnson, two elite Division I athletes. Those two are pretty tough to follow. Those records have been here since the 1990s, and we’re sitting in 2022 and they’re just being touched, so that is a huge achievement.”
Frazier attributed her explosiveness for her ability to set those records – she set three as a senior including 7.10 in the 55 meters, 11.9 in the 100 meters and 25.09 in the 200 meters. He called her the strongest East Carteret athlete, pound for pound.
“She weighed 105 pounds and squatted 235, so that is more than twice her weight, which is crazy,”He said. “You look at her and think there is no way she can put 235 pounds on her back, but she did it.”
He also credited her work ethic. She worked out with the Mariners and also trained with Ralph Holloway (ex-high school track and field coach, administrator, and CrossFit instructor Tabatha Man). She was also a member the Durham Striders club group.
“She covered a lot of ground when it came to being prepared,” Frazier said. “Her preparation will help her make a smoother transition to college. I think getting all of that in one setting instead of going all over to get it is going to be extremely beneficial to her. ECU has a lot more resources, just in regards to coaches and equipment and tools that they can utilize to help her use her power.”
Livingston’s work ethic and power enabled her to create many memorable moments in Mariners history, but none more memorable than the spring outdoor track-and-field state meet.
Cece Johnson joined her to win the 2A state title together as a two-athlete team. The two scored 42.5 to close within 5.5 point of R-S Central. R-S Central won the first state championship in program history, scoring 48 points. Four Hilltoppers topped the podium with their most successful tally.
Johnson and Livingston were able to secure five podium finishes together.
“I was very excited about that,”She spoke. “What is crazy is we could have won it all. We did our best, but I still think we could have accomplished a little more.”
East came close to winning the state championship in the 400-meter relay when Johnson and Livingston were freshmen. Murphy was two points ahead of East at 1A. She was part the state championship 400-meter relay team.
Livingston finished second in the long leap as a senior with an 18.25-inch leap.
She may have walked away from the meet with two state crowns if not for R-S Central’s Joyasia Smith, who won the meet MVP with victories in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
Livingston was defeated 12.04 to 12.14 in 100, and 25.19-25.72 in 200.
“In the 100, I was so close to winning it, just lost by a body part,”She spoke. “But I always say, ‘What’s for us is what’s for us,’ meaning whatever we do, that is what was meant to be. I never get down about the outcome, because I see it as a way to get better, to learn from it.”
Livingston received the Sportsmanship Award during the meet. She was also a cheerleader for East Carteret. She was just as serious about that sport as she was with track and field, and worked as hard as any other.
“I had a hard decision when I was a freshman, trying to decide if I wanted to go to college for cheer or track, because I love both,”She spoke. “Ironically, the ECU cheer coach wanted me to come and try out for their team this year, and I had to tell her I was going for track. I will always love cheer. I plan on coaching cheer one day in the future.”