Warriors earn All-American honors

Published 9:50 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nansemond River High School’s track and field team competed well last weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet. As a result, many Warriors were named All-Americans.

Warriors track and field traveled to Greensboro, N.C., over the weekend to compete in the national outdoor meet. “We showed up, and we did well,” Nansemond River track coach Justin Byron said. “It was definitely fun to be a part of.”

The boys’ team, in particular, showed well. This year was the most boys’ athletes that Nansemond River qualified for nationals. In the sprint medley, the boys’ team placed fourth in the nation. In the sprint medley, the first two legs run 100 meters, and the last two run 200 and 400 meters. Jacob Nixon, Kevin Johnson, JeVon Waller and Daiqwuan Faircloth were all a part of the medley that placed fourth, making them each All-Americans. Each of these athletes will be retuning next year.

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“This season right here turned around the boys’ program,” Byron said. “The momentum building up is crazy. If those guys train this offseason correctly, they will be able to have the same success as the girls. The stats speak for themselves this year.”

At nationals, there is a national division as well as an emerging elites division. In the emerging elites division, Faircloth placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.04, which is a personal record for the junior. That placed him among the top 50 in the nation and second in Virginia.

“It’s great to see what I am capable of doing,” Faircloth said. “I knew I could be a great hurdler, because I have a great coach to teach me. Coach B told me to trust the process, and that’s what I’ve done.”

Team WAR also placed fourth in the sprint medley as well. Karah Foster, Kiara Howard, Anaya Monroe and Tre’breh Scott-McKoy were a part of that top-five finish. Kori Carter placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdle championships with a time of 13.56, a PR for her. That performance put her at No. 1 in Virginia, and even lowered her own previous sophomore record. Syaira Richardson placed fourth in the 400-meter championships. Both Richardson and Carter earned All-American honors in their respective individual events.

Carter, Scott-McKoy, Asia Crocker and Richardson were a part of a Swedish relay team that placed fourth in the championships. A Swedish relay consists of 100-, 200-, 300- and 400-meter dashes. Team WAR also placed third in the 4×400 and 4×200. Carter, Skylar Parks, Richardson and Scott-McKoy were on deck for the third-place 4×400. Monroe, Richardson, Scott-McKoy and Carter ran the 4×200 that placed third. Like the boys’ team, the top four finishes gave the athletes All-American honors.

Last year, team WAR swept a number of events. That team was one for the ages, as they graduated seven All-Americans last year alone. In comparison to last year’s team, this year’s team has established an excellent body of work. There were multiple top five finishes this year at nationals, whether it be in individual events or for relays. That resulted in 22 All-American honors for Nansemond River this year.

“All these things are stuff that can’t be denied,” Byron said. “I’m proud of what we have all done this year. We have a really young team. At this point, you’re already excited to start preparing for next year already.”