Northside sending four athletes to statesPublished 9:08am Monday, May 5, 2014
Northside Athletics Department
YEATESVILLE – Northside Panthers have a reason to celebrate, as four athletes advance to the State Track and Field Championship. The 1A East Regionals meet took place Saturday at Lejeune High School in Jacksonville. Northside athletes advancing to the final round will include Noel Howson, Holden Newman, Shana Taylor and Allison Waters.
Freshman Holden Newman has made his mark within the conference this season, going undefeated in the 3200-meter run and bringing home top honors as the All-Conference winner. Holden stepped within the winners circle again Saturday and accepted the first-place medal at regionals, taking the No. 1 seed from the 1-A East. Also, Newman was the All-Conference and the Coastal Plains Player-of-the-Year during the 2013 cross country season.
Sophomore Allison Waters is no stranger to regionals or state competitions. Waters finished fourth at the Regionals in 2013 and advanced to the third-level position over the weekend in the high jump event. At the Coastal Plains Conference meet, Waters claimed top honors in high -jump and added an All-Conference title to her resume. This will be Allison’s second trip to the state championships.
Junior Noel Howson has been an athlete that’s able to fill positions within field events and on the track. His flexibility and strength has appeared in the 200-meter run, 4×200 meter relay, long jump and high jump. At regionals, Howson finished fourth in the high jump and booked his ticket to Greensboro.
Freshman Shana Taylor came from a seventh-place entry in the 3200-meter run to finishing in third place overall. Taylor led the 3200-meter race over half the distance, allowing her to gain a stronghold and earn a position at the state meet. As a top performer in the 2013 cross country season, Taylor continues to advance in the running program.
Northside will compete in the State Championships on May 9 at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Gates open for spectators at 9 a.m. Field events begin at 10 a.m. and running events starts at 11 a.m.