NHS to compete in track meet

Published 12:21 am Friday, March 4, 2011

NATCHEZ — After a stretch of no track meets for several weeks, the Natchez High track team is eager to get back in action.

Natchez High will travel to West Feliciana at 3 p.m. today to compete in a meet at St. Francisville High School. Assistant coach Dwayne Taylor said practices have been going well for the team during the stretch of no meets.

“We’re all excited, because this is our first outdoor meet,” he said. “A couple of guys who didn’t do the two indoor meets will be competing, and we’re looking for them to do well so we can see where to put them.”

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Sophomore Amos James is running track for the first time, and will be competing in the 110 hurdles, the high jump, the open 400 and the 4X400-meter relay.

“So far, I think I’m doing pretty well for my first year running track,” James said. “I joined up because I thought I had the talent, and I want to do well in all three (categories).”

James is also a football player for the Bulldogs, and he said the two sports complement each other well.

“Football’s helped a lot with track, me already being in shape and everything,” he said. “The coaches and teachers are very good.”

Junior Devonte Jackson is also running track for the first time, and will compete in the 100-meter dash, 4X100-meter relay and 4X200-meter relay.

“I want to do well in all of them,” Jackson said. “I just have to come out here and practice hard. (Head) coach (Larry) Wesley said I have a lot of potential if I stick to what he wants me to do.”

Taylor said the athletes are challenging each other, which bodes well for today.

“The sprinters and runners have been challenging each other,” he said. “They’ve had good attitudes and are ready to compete against someone else instead of one another.”