Team WAR adds to collection

Published 9:42 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Nansemond River High School’s girls’ track and field team added to its championship collection over the weekend by taking the 5A outdoor state championship.

Team WAR has now won four consecutive outdoor championships. As has become the standard, Nansemond River brought is best performances of the season to Todd Stadium for the championships.

Syaira Richardson and Kori Carter had impressive performances. Richardson placed first in the 100- and 400-meter dashes. She placed second in the long jump.

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She set a personal record in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 11.92. She also ran a personal best in the 400, with a time of 53.36, which is also a new Virginia record.

Richardson, who will be continuing her career at Ohio State University, has been involved in helping her team achieve all four titles. But each title has had its own special significance for the senior.

“Winning when you’re an underclassman is exciting, but it is not until your final year when it hits you,” she said. “Everything is so special, and you realize all the hard work you put in is just for these moments to enjoy.”

Richardson had an impressive performance at the indoor championships, breaking four state records. She shocked herself by how well she competed this year.

“It went well for me,” she said. “I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better season. I think I surprised myself with my accomplishments this year.”

Carter set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 13.80. She also took first place in the 300-meter hurdles. Tre’breh Scott-McKoy placed third in the 100 and 300 hurdles respectively.

Along with getting great individual performances, team WAR relay teams placed first, as well. The 4×100 relay team of Jasmine Watson, Asia Crocker, Brene Donaldson and Carter finished with a time of 47.26. The 4×400 team of Karah Foster, Anaya Monroe, Richardson and Scott-McKoy finished with a time of 3:50.76.

The boys’ team placed fifth in the 5A state outdoor meet. The 4×400 team of JeVon Waller, Jacari Sain, Kevin Johnson and Daiqwaun Faircloth took first, which was a surprise. Faircloth placed third 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. Waller placed second in the 200 meter and third in the 100 meter.

Nansemond River will now begin preparing for nationals, which will take place Jun. 16 in Greensboro, N.C.