Suffolk shines at Junior Olympics

Published 10:03 pm Friday, August 23, 2013

Familiar faces from Nansemond River High School turned in strong performances at the recent 2013 United States of America Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Brandee Johnson, who just started her sophomore year, placed second in the 15- and 16-year-old girls’ 200-meter dash with a time of 24.36 seconds. Leading up to this, she produced two other similar performances: 24.73 in the preliminary round and 24.43 in the semi-finals.

Nansemond River and Five Star Track and Field Program coach Justin Byron said Johnson’s personal best prior to the meet was 24.57.

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Senior Kara Lyles ran the second leg in the 17- and 18-year-old girls’ 4×400-meter relay, as the team finished third with a time of 3:41.63.

Junior Zakiya Rashid placed fourth in the 15- and 16-year-old girls’ four-kilogram shot put, with a distance of 41’0.5”, a personal record. She also finished fourth in the same age group’s one-kilogram discus throw, making a 126’5” mark.