Warriors track and field dominate

Published 9:50 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nansemond River High School’s track and field team showed well last weekend in the Conference 10 championships, continuing to show why they are among the elite in the state of Virginia.

Team WAR took the girls’ championship at Grassfield High School. They placed first with 184 total team points, 50 more points than the second-place team.

The girls’ team had five individual champions to go along with two relay teams. Kori Carter was a champion in the 100-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles. She hit a personal record with a time of 11.99 in the 100-meter dash. Jasmine Watson had an impressive performance, placing first in both 100-meter hurdles and long jump. Olivia Ladenhoff placed first in the 3200-meter run.

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Ohio State University commit Syaira Richardson placed first in the 200-meter dash. Skylar Parks was a 400-meter dash champion. The 4×100 relay team of Richardson, Asia Crocker, Brene Donaldson and Kori Carter placed first. The 4×400 relay team of Kiara Howard, Crocker, Tilmon and Anaya Monroe placed third.

“We are leveling out,” Warriors coach Justin Byron said. “We had a really good showing at the conference championships. We had some good performances on both sides.”

The boys’ team had three individual champions to go along with two first-place relay teams. JeVon Waller placed first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, notching a PR in the 100-meter with a time of 10.59. Jacari Sain brought first place home in the 800-meter run. Daiqwaun Faircloth placed first in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles in his first-year hurdling. He had personal records in both events, running the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.39 and the 300 with a time of 39.48.

Waller, Faircloth, Jacob Nixon and Kevin Johnson made up the 4×100 team that placed first. Sain, Corey Williams, Tyrese Ellis and Trae Eggleston placed first in the 4×800. The boys combined for 94 total points, which gave them third place. It was a significant improvement from last year. A technical disqualification in the 4×800 kept the Warriors from taking second place.

Back in August when his team was first training, Byron knew he had potential in his boys’ team this year. Team WAR gets the most recognition, but Byron believes this is one of the best boys’ teams he has coached at Nansemond River.

Next, Nansemond River will run in the 5A South regional meet at Gloucester High School this weekend. Byron looks forward to his team continuing to peak over the next couple of weeks.