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NOTEBOOK: Bullard leads nation in speed
Bullard twice leads nation
By DAVE JOHNSON, JENNIFER L. WILLIAMS, LYNN BURKE AND SONNY DEARTH
It’s official. Bethel’s Ja-Vell Bullard ran the fastest times in the country this winter in the 300- and 500-meter dashes, according to Track and Field News.
Bullard ran 33.97 seconds in the 300 and 1:04.1 in the 500.
His 300 time was more than a quarter of a second faster than that of the next-best performer, Kenard Harris of Waldorf, Md. Bullard ran the 500 a hundredth of a second faster than Taylor Sykes of Great Bridge High.
Bullard also won the 400 meters at the Nike Indoor Nationals, but his time did not crack the top 10 nationally.
EAGLES GIRLS SOCCER TEAM REGROUPING
Jamestown’s girls soccer team (5-2, 2-1 Bay Rivers District) is revamping its defensive unit after losing its center back. Nicole Segala, a junior, is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the latest of a string of injuries.
The Eagles’ only loss in district play is a 2-1 setback to Grafton on March 28, with Jamestown coach Kevin Darcy missing the match because he was in Costa Rica with the Olympic Development Program state team. Jamestown defeated Poquoson 5-1 on April 3 in its last game before spring break and plays Tabb on Tuesday in another important match.
“Against Poquoson, we really began to play with a better rhythm, and I was really happy with our progression,” Darcy said. “Too bad to get a week off, but I’m excited about the stretch when we come back.”
PD and Bay Rivers teams BACK TO WORK
All the Peninsula District schools and most of the Bay Rivers schools were on spring break last week, so there were very few athletic contests involving those schools this week. And since it’s mid-April, it’s a little more than a month until district tournaments and playoffs begin.
WARRIORS MOVE ON to Ferrum College
Ferrum College will add two Kecoughtan football players to its roster — running back/cornerback Isaiah Sheppard and 300-pound lineman Calvin Ruffin.
Sheppard rushed for 2,188 yards during the last three seasons as the Warriors’ starting tailback, but Kecoughtan coach Glenn Tidwell believes his first look at Ferrum will be at cornerback. Ruffin who played on both sides of the ball, probably will be a defensive tackle.
Ferrum went 5-5 in the USA South last season.
Kecoughtan linebacker Derek Mayo already has signed with Richmond. Tidwell hopes two more of his players will end up playing for Division III colleges.
FOUR HEAD FOR PENN RELAYS
Four Peninsula District athletes have been accepted to compete in individual events in the Penn Relays April 24-26 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Schools nominate athletes in individual events, then meet organizers select the best entries to compete.
Menchville’s Maia Wise made the cut in the 400 hurdles, and Denbigh’s Brandy Peat is one of 20 shot-putters in the field.
On the boys side, Phoebus’ Darius Shelton is entered in the 400 hurdles and Hampton’s Lavell Handy is in the triple jump.
BIG MATCH FRIDAY
It’s for nothing except pride, but the unofficial Peninsula-area boys tennis team crown might be up for grabs Friday. Jamestown is at Hampton Roads Academy.