NR repeats as indoor champs

Published 9:38 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Nansemond River High School’s girls’ track team won the 5A indoor track and field state championship last weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.

Nansemond River battled it out with 5A schools across the state and became victors once again after winning the indoor state championship last year as well.

“It was a solid weekend. We pride ourselves on being ready at championships,” Nansemond River coach Justin Byron said. “Although all year we worked on things and never really put it all together until the end, but when we do put it together, it is beautiful.”

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Senior Syaira Richardson stole the show, as she placed first in four events. She set four meet records in the long jump, 300-meter dash and 55-meter dash and was the anchor on the 4×400 relay team.

Richardson ran a personal record of 6.99 seconds in the 55-meter dash, which gave her the 13th-fastest time ever in Virginia. She also ran a personal best time of 38.26 in the 300-meter dash. Her mark of 19-11.00 was also a personal best for her in the long jump.

“Her performance rivals some of the best state performances I’ve ever seen,” Byron said. “Before the meet, I had told her that she was going to win four medals that day. She looked at me like I was crazy, and she went out there and did it.”

“It was a great experience to be able to win another state title with my team and end my senior year with four of my own,” Richardson said.

Anaya Monroe and Tre’breh Scott-McKoy also had good showings for WAR in the 300-meter dash, running times of 40.52 and 40.90 seconds, respectively. Each of those times is a personal record. Monroe was also a part of the 4×200 team. McKoy also has a personal record in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.28, which placed her fourth.

Last year, Nansemond River’s 4×200 relay team broke the meet record. They came back this year and broke their previous record with a time of 1:42.47. McKoy, Jazmine Tilmon, Brene Donaldson and Monore make up the 4×200 relay team. None of them was a part of the 4×200 team that set the meet record last year, which made it that much more impressive.

Kori Carter, who placed third in the 55-meter hurdles, ran a personal best of 8.03 seconds. One of the more impressive performances of the meet was her first-place finish in the 500-meter dash, upsetting the No. 1 runner from Mills E. Godwin. Carter, Richardson, Lauryn Freeman and Skylar Parks made up the first place 4×400 team.

The boys’ 4×200 team was a surprise for Byron. They placed third at the state meet after being seeded eighth, coming into the meet with a time of 1:30.27. That time also qualifies the 4×200 team for nationals. Jevon Waller, Daiqwuan Faircloth, Jacob Nixon and Kevin Johnson made up the 4×200 team. Byron also applauded the maturation he’s seen from the boys’ team.

“They were certainly one of biggest performances to me,” Byron said. “We have these guys who were pretty much unheard of last year. Now they are knocking on the door of a school record and punched their ticket to nationals. That relay team comes back next year as well.”

Nansemond River’s girls’ track team totaled 98 points as a team as they won their sixth indoor state championship.

“It was a very emotional weekend,” Byron said. “A lot of hard work was put into it from everybody — guys and girls. Our physical and mental preparation for championship meets is unique. It took a lot of patience.”