Jamaar Hawkins, i64sports
It was a banner day for a number of Hampton Roads athletes during this past weekend’s New Balance Nationals Indoor meet in New York, NY.
Western Branch senior Shadajah Ballard won national titles in the girls 55 and 60 meter hurdles, extending her dominant indoor run. Teammate Jazmine Tilmon finished 6th in both events.
Nansemond River won the girls 4 x 200m relay by more than two seconds. Potomac boys finished 7th in the boys 4 x 200.
Salem (VB) junior Makhia Jarrett, also won the 200 meters in the Emerging Elite division. Woodside sophomore Tyler Thompson finished second in the Emerging Elite 60m dash, but it was Prince George Javonte Harding who took home gold honors with a time of 6.31 seconds.
John Handley senior Taylor Beard leaped a personal-best 5-11 to finish fourth in the girls high jump. Churchland’s Layla Anderson also had a memorable day, placing 10th in the 55m. Nansemond River’s Kori Carter also finished 10th in 200 meters. Anderson was the Class 4 state champion.
Mills Godwin senior Britton Wilson finished second in the girls 400 meters, running a time of 52.72. Micaela Rose (Suffolk, Va) ran a all-time #3 mark in the 800m with a time of 2:06.93. to finish fourth.
The meet was not without controversy, however. Western Branch initially set a meet record in the girls shuttle hurdle relay. A later decision was made by meet officials to disqualify the Bruins, along with nine other teams, for leaving their blocks early during the race.
For full results from this year’s New Balance Nationals Indoor, click on http://nationalscholastic.org/files/results/NBNI_Complete_Results.htm.