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Warriors, Bulldogs, Cavaliers show improvement in early season action

CHESAPEAKE – In the second meet of the season for all three Suffolk schools, Nansemond River, King’s Fork, and Lakeland respectfully finished second, third, and fourth behind Grassfield High School. Grassfield, regarded as one of the top teams in the Eastern Region, took the top 12 spots in the meet.

Nansemond River’s Clay Bonney was the first runner among the Suffolk schools to finish as he came in 13th with a time of 19:33.

“It was a personal record so I’m happy,” Bonney said of his time.

Shaquille Howard came in next for the Warriors in 19th place with a time of 20:33. Howard said, “It wasn’t that good of a race, but the team did good and that’s all that matters anyway.”

Warriors’ coach Sharon Daly-Williams said she was pleased with her team’s performance. “Their performance thus far should have them placed far better than last season,” said Daly-Williams.

It was the Warriors’ second straight second-place finish.

King’s Fork came in after the Warriors, and was led by Michael Babineau with a time of 19:57 and finishing 14th overall.

“I felt pretty good. It was the first time I broke 20 minutes,” said Babineau.

The Bulldogs’ coach, Skip Williams, said, “It was a great effort, and improvement is needed, but we can get there through hard work.”

Nicolette Santora came in first for the Suffolk girls with a time of 23:59 in her first career meet. “Considering it was my first time, I did good,” Santora said.

Lakeland finished in a close fourth with the Cavaliers’ best time being 20:03 ran by Daniel Jones who finished 15th overall. Jones said he didn’t run as well as he wanted but, pretty good. “They did very well,” Jones said when asked what he thought of his team’s performance.

Coach Tamara Carrington spoke highly of her team, “They ran really good, everybody improved their time. They’re improving, working hard.”

The Warriors, Bulldogs, and Cavaliers will all be in action next Saturday, Sept. 27, when they run in the Chesapeake Invitational at Bells Mill Park.