NRHS track dominates conference championships

Published 10:43 pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nansemond River High School’s teams won 17 of the 34 events scored over the weekend between the boys’ and girls’ teams competing in the conference outdoor track and field championships.

The Warriors and Lady Warriors both won the Ironclad Conference championship as teams, and Lakeland High School, which played host, racked up wins in four events to give Suffolk a total of 21 first-place finishes.

Lakeland sophomore Jaquan Yulee competes in the shot put event, which he won over the weekend in the conference outdoor track and field championships at Lakeland High School. (Melissa Glover photo)

Lakeland sophomore Jaquan Yulee competes in the shot put event, which he won over the weekend in the conference outdoor track and field championships at Lakeland High School. (Melissa Glover photo)

Nansemond River coach Justin Byron was happy for both his girls’ and boys’ teams, but said he was a little more excited for the boys.


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While the girls followed up their indoor conference championship win with a comfortable 69-point victory on Saturday, the boys’ avenged a narrow indoor loss to Phoebus High School with a 160-145 win over the Phantoms this time.

“Everybody stepped up and contributed,” Byron said.

While there were too many standouts to discuss all of them, the coach cited a few highlight performers in particular.

Junior Kadeem Middleton set personal records in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes, winning the events with times of 22.41 and 48.76 seconds, respectively. They were both 4A state-qualifying times.

He was also part of the 4×400-meter relay team that won.

Senior Airrin Davis won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.74 and set a huge PR in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 49.89 seconds, a 4A state-qualifying mark that was good for second place. He was also part of the winning 4×800-meter relay team.

Byron said sophomore Terrence Lambert got hurt at the Penn Relays and sat out two weeks before he was worked slowly back into competition. Consequently, the coach was amazed at Lambert’s 4A South regional-qualifying time of 22.99 seconds in the 200, good for third place.

Lambert was also part of the winning 4×400 relay team.

Among the Lady Warriors, Byron said junior Candice James made herself sixth in the 4A state rankings for the 400-meter dash by running it in 58.01 seconds, earning second place. He noted it demonstrated her tremendous improvement.

Junior Zakiya Rashid won the shot put, the discus throw and was part of the winning 4×100-meter relay team. But Byron highlighted her second-place and 4A state-qualifying finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time of 15.47 seconds came after she had been struggling all year with the event.

The Virginia High School League Group 4A South region outdoor track and field championships will be held this Friday and Saturday at Lakeland High School.

Following are the results from the VHSL Group 4A Ironclad Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Lakeland High School this past weekend:

Girls’ team results

1) Nansemond River High School, 225

2) Phoebus High School, 156

3) Lakeland High School, 52

4) King’s Fork High School, 25

5) Heritage High School, 22

Boys’ team results

1) Nansemond River High School, 160

2) Phoebus High School, 145

3) Lakeland High School, 106

4) King’s Fork High School, 28

5) Denbigh High School, 27

6) Heritage High School, 10

Suffolk first place finishers

  • Girls’ shot put: 1st-Zakiya Rashid (NR), 40-11.50 (4A State-qualifying mark)
  • Boys’ shot put: 1st-Jaquan Yulee (L), 43-10.50 (4A South regional-qualifying mark)
  • Girls’ pole vault: 1st-Courtney James (NR), 6-06.00 (4A South regional-qualifying mark)
  • Boys’ high jump: 1st-Devonte Brown (L), 5-10.00
  • Girls’ discus throw: 1st-Zakiya Rashid (NR), 149-10 (4A South regional-qualifying mark)
  • Boys’ discus throw: 1st-Kenneth Smiley (NR), 111-00
  • Girls’ triple jump: 1st-Khadijah Clouden (L), 36-03.00 (4A State-qualifying mark)
  • Girls’ 4×800-meter relay: 1st-Nansemond River ‘A’, 10:46.12 (4A South regional-qualifying mark) (Kara Dixon, Caroline Hubbard, Casey Williams, Ashley Hiltabrand)
  • Boys’ 4×800-meter relay: 1st-Nansemond River ‘A’, 8:20.80 (4A State-qualifying mark) (Kevin Tohak, Nicholas Gill, Airrin Davis, Sydney Johnson)
  • Girls’ 1600-meter run: 1st-Casey Williams (NR), 5:41.77
  • Boys’ 1600-meter run: 1st-Kevin Tohak (NR), 4:48.12
  • Girls’ 4×100-meter relay: 1st-Nansemond River ‘A’, 49.97 (4A State-qualifying mark) (Zakiya Rashid, Kiara Howard, Kiara Price, Karah Foster)
  • Boys’ 4×100-meter relay: 1st-Lakeland ‘A’, 44.38 (4A State-qualifying mark) (Ja’Len Baker, William Barnes, JaJuan Walker, Devonte Brown)
  • Girls’ 400-meter dash: 1st-Kara Lyles (NR), 57.39 (4A State-qualifying mark)
  • Boys’ 400-meter dash: 1st-Kadeem Middleton (NR), 48.76 (4A State-qualifying mark)
  • Boys’ 800-meter run: 1st-Airrin Davis (NR), 2:04.74
  • Boys’ 200-meter dash: 1st-Kadeem Middleton (NR), 22.41 (4A State-qualifying mark)
  • Girls’ 3200-meter run: 1st-Casey Williams (NR), 13:13.48
  • Boys’ 3200-meter run: 1st-Nicholas Gill (NR), 11:09.72
  • Girls’ 4×400-meter relay: 1st-Nansemond River ‘A’, 4:00.16 (4A State-qualifying mark) (Brandeé Johnson, Mia McClain, Candice James, Kiara Price)
  • Boys’ 4×400-meter relay: 1st-Nansemond River ‘A’, 3:24.77 (4A State-qualifying mark) (Kadeem Middleton, Malcolm Sheppard, Sydney Johnson, Terrence Lambert)