Nansemond River's Taylor wins 200 with best time in nation
By Larry Rubama The Virginian-Pilot © March 16, 2009
The winning continues for Nansemond River's James Taylor.
He won the 200 meters at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York City on Sunday with a time of 21.34 - the best time in the nation this season. He also finished runner-up in the 400 meters in a time of 47.88.
"It feels great," said Taylor about his first national title. "It was just a privilege to be with all of those athletes."
Taylor said he knew he could win the 200, but the 400 was a challenge because it was his first time ever running it.
"I think once I master and understand that, I'll go even faster," said Taylor, who last month became the first male athlete to win four individual events at the state indoor meet.
Many South Hampton Roads athletes competed over the weekend at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships and at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston.
Among the individual athletes who earned All-America honors were Grassfield's Karimah Shepherd, who finished runner-up in the triple jump at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships with a leap of 39-10. Also, Norfolk Collegiate's Nefertiti Smith placed third in the girls pentathlon at the Nike Indoor Nationals meet.
Western Branch had several relay teams that performed well at the Nike event, including the girls shuttle hurdles relay team of Desmonae Gray, Camille Thomas, Keisha Myrick and Erika Morgan. They won in a time of 34.05.
Western Branch also finished runner-up in both the boys 6,400 relay and the boys shuttle hurdle relay.