Covington Track and Field adds another runner to the Bethel University roster as Ma’Lyiah Gilliam signed her letter of intent with the Wildcats. 

Ironically, she chose to run in college over playing basketball as she was known for her superb hooping skills on the court, leading her team to district championship this past season. 

She was also apart if the four-person relay team that competed in the Spring Fling and finished high in numerous events. 


“I still can’t believe this because I didn’t see myself doing this,” she added. 

Head Coach Sharman Coley spoke Gilliam’s hard work ethics on and off the field. She brought up how Gilliam would leave practices and work evening shifts while keeping up with her school work. 

“She did a great job with it, never complained about working or running or in the conditioning,” Coley stated. 

The Gilliam story is one that Coley will tell other athletes that are wanting to run at the next level and she continues to encourage underclassmen to be outstanding leaders and hard workers. 

“This is what happens with hard work,” Coley expressed, “When you’re structured, when you’re disciplined, when you’re in a program that demands those things.” 

Bethel University is a school in the NAIA division located in McKenzie, Tennessee. The Track and Field coach is Brandon Kilburn who is rebuilding the program after COVID-19 affected it greatly. 

He has signed Gilliam’s teammate, San’Darius Coleman, earlier this school year.

David Perry
Author: David Perry