Team WAR takes state title

Published 10:14 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Team WAR has added yet another indoor track and field state championship to its collection.

The Nansemond River High School girls’ track and field team earned itself another Class 5 indoor state championship in dominating fashion. Team WAR collected a total of 88 points — 36 more points than the second-place finisher — to earn the state title. There were many performances throughout the weekend on the boys’ and girls’ side that made for a good weekend for Nansemond River.

Kori Carter earned two state championships in the 55-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles. She ran the 55-meter dash in a personal-record time of 7.05, while taking the 55 hurdles with a time of 7.93. Carter also placed second in the long jump and second in the 300-meter dash. Tre’Breh Scott-McKoy was right behind Carter in the 55 hurdles and the 300-meter dash, finishing second and third respectively. She had a PR time of 8.04 in the 55 hurdles. Lauryn Freeman finished third behind Carter and Scott-McKoy in the 55 hurdles.

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Carter felt great about her performance and also the rest of what her teammates were able to do over the weekend.

“All of our hard work is starting to pay off,” Carter said. “Us winning another state title means a lot to us, our coaches and our families. Not having as many girls and putting in many more hours on the track and weight room is starting to show.”

The girls’ 4×200 relay team placed first with Asia Crocker, Lauryn Freeman, Julia Burkley and Brene’ Donaldson. The 4×400 relay team ran by Freeman, Tea’ Foster, Skylar Parks and Scott-McKoy took second.

“To have this group come out and be successful the way they were, considering we haven’t had the depth we had in past years, was amazing,” Warriors coach Justin Byron said.

On the boys’ side, Daiqwaun Faircloth took the state championship in the 55 hurdles with a personal-best time of 7.41. Kevin Johnson finished second with a personal-best time of 34.86 in the 300-meter dash. Jacari Sain took fifth in the 1,000-meter run, as the boys placed seventh as a team. Standout sprinter Jevon Waller did not compete in the state meet due to injury.

“I felt good coming off an injury,” Faircloth said. “All we wanted to do was survive and advance. When the finals came, I did what my coach told me to do and put it all together.”

“I think we are setting this boys’ team up to have a big outdoor season,” Byron said. “I think they are going to be ready to compete with everybody.”

The days leading up to the meet helped the Warriors calm their nerves and relax a bit. They ate dinner together as a team leading up to the meet and also did more team bonding events, such as going to see the recently released “Black Panther” movie.

Nansemond River will take a week to recover and prepare before they travel to New York for the Nationals New Balance Indoor Track and Field meet.