Warriors, Cavs to compete in NSU Invitational

Published 10:04 pm Thursday, April 6, 2017

Nansemond River High School and Lakeland High School outdoor track and field teams will compete in the Norfolk State University High School Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The meet is considered to be one of the largest on the East Coast due to the number of high schools competing. Both teams are coming off the first Southeastern District outdoor meet of the year on Wednesday.

Lakeland coach Brian Rountree liked how his team competed in its first outdoor meet of the year. He is looking forward to the opportunity to showcase some of Lakeland’s talent this weekend.

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“We looked pretty good in our first meet, got a little winded but not bad,” Rountree said. “We’re looking forward to seeing some different competition as well as some familiar faces this weekend.”

The Cavs will feature Darren Daughtrey and Deondre Little. Each qualified for state competition Wednesday afternoon. They will also be a part of Lakeland’s 4×400 and 4×200 relay teams, which could possibly have a strong showing this weekend. They will also have a couple of competitors on the girls’ side who can possibly do well.

“Each meet, we want to put certain things together little by little,” Rountree said. “I want to make sure we are not overworking or burning out but rather us be working hard to peak at the right time.”

Nansemond River will carry a similar approach to what Lakeland is doing. Coach Justin Byron wants to take the meet to work on a few things and get better.

“We want to go out there and execute some strategies,” Byron said. “There are still a few things we want to figure out. It’s our last meet before spring break, so we want to go out there and get some technical things fixed.”

The meet will feature some of the top teams in the Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia.  Competition will start 4 p.m. Friday with field events. Saturday field events begin at 9 a.m., followed by running events at 10 a.m.

NSU Invitational will be held at William “Dick” Price Stadium. Admission is $8 a day for adults and $4 for children 7-12.