Warrior state champ wins 400 for NSU

Published 7:43 pm Monday, January 10, 2011

Norfolk State sophomore James Taylor (Nansemond River) won the 400-meter dash, in his first time running the 400 in a college meet, Saturday at an invitational meet at George Mason in Fairfax.


Taylor clocked in at 50.11 seconds for the victory.

Taylor won six individual state championships during his senior year at Nansemond River. He became the first track and field athlete in Virginia history to win four state titles in the same indoor meet in 2009, winning the long jump, 55-meter dash, 300 and 500.

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More former Suffolk standouts were in action at George Mason. Virginia Union freshman Johniqua Porter (Lakeland) placed 10th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.42). NSU freshman Ian Copeland (King’s Fork) took second in the weight throw (13.36 meters).

St. Augustine’s junior Christopher Copeland (Lakeland) finished second in the high jump (2.10 meters). Copeland won the NCAA Division 2 national championship in the high jump last indoor season and was the national runner-up for the outdoor season.

Chowan’s women’s basketball team split CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) games last week. The Lady Hawks (4-6, 1-1) fell 57-54 to undefeated Johnson C. Smith Thursday night in Murfreesboro, N.C., before beating Fayetteville St. 56-50 Saturday, also at home.


Chowan junior guard Ransheda Jennings (King’s Fork) totaled 21 points, five rebounds and three steals in the victory. She had 11 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals against Johnson C. Smith.

Chowan plays at Winston-Salem State Thursday night.

Georgetown’s 23-game home winning streak ended in a 75-73, double-overtime loss to Marquette Saturday.

The Lady Hoyas led 54-47 before Marquette rallied to send the game into overtime tied 62-62.

Sophomore guard TaShauna Rodgers (King’s Fork) scored four points to help the Lady Hoyas out to a 69-65 lead in the first 2:10 of the first overtime. Marquette came back to tie the game, 69-69, to force the second overtime.

Rodgers finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Georgetown (13-4, 1-2) travels to face Providence Saturday.


South Carolina St. won its MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) opener beating visiting Maryland-Eastern Shore 73-62 on Saturday.

Sophomore point guard Trinese Fox (Nansemond River) started for the Lady Bulldogs and finished with 13 points, four assists and four steals.

SCSU (5-6, 1-0) fell behind 20-8 early in the game and still trailed 35-32 at halftime. SCSU took the lead for good with a 10-0 run to go up 53-43 with 10:01 remaining.

In men’s hoops, Elizabeth City State split CIAA games Thursday and Saturday. The Vikings edged visiting Livingstone 62-60 then lost 77-75 to visiting Johnson C. Smith.

The Vikings (7-3, 1-1) have played three straight two-point games. Earlier last week, Marquie Cooke (Nansemond River) made two free throws in the final seconds for a win over the University of the District of Colombia.

On Saturday against the Golden Bulls, Cooke missed a jump shot with ECSU down by a point and 0:06 remaining in the game.

Cooke, a junior point guard, had eight points, three steals and two assists against Livingstone. He had 10 points, four rebounds and three steals versus Johnson C. Smith.

Cincinnati lost its first game of the season, falling 72-61 at No. 7 Villanova Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore guard JaQuon Parker (King’s Fork) played four minutes as a reserve for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats (15-1, 2-1) host Big East opponent South Florida Wednesday.

Winthrop split Big South games last week. The Eagles lost 88-67 to UNC-Asheville Thursday and rebounded for a 63-48 win over Gardner-Webb Saturday.

Junior shooting guard Andre Jones (Nansemond River) led the Eagles with 17 points to go with four steals in the win.

Winthrop (7-8, 3-2) plays at first-place Coastal Carolina, in a rematch of last season’s Big South Tournament final, which Winthrop won to advance to the NCAA Tournament, Thursday night.