Webb’s Taylor not running like a rookie

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 09:50 PM

Yes, she’s a freshman.

Her coach, Kyle Blackwell, has been getting the question a lot this season.

Webb’s Rainesha Taylor continued to impress Wednesday at the 3-A Carolina Conference Track and Field Championship at Cardinal Gibbons. She swept the 100 and 200-meter races and helped the Warriors take the 4x100 relay. Webb came across the finish line first in the 4x200 as well, but was disqualified.

“Just think about the next couple of years,” said Blackwell. “If she sticks with it and trains hard and works hard, she’s going to be pretty awesome.”

Taylor recorded a personal-best 12.3 seconds in the 100, coming from behind to edge Northern Vance’s Jazmine Haywood.

“I think I did good,” said Taylor. “I tried my best and put in a hard effort.”

Taylor said maintaining that effort and staying focused are her priorities as she prepares for the 3-A Mideast Regionals next week. She added that learning to be more disciplined has been the key in the transition from Northern Granville Middle School to Webb.

“She’s been wonderful,” said Blackwell. “She works hard. She takes a leadership role, tries to lead by example. She gets upset, but she doesn’t let that affect her during the next race. She puts it behind her and just goes about her business. She doesn’t have anything negative to say. She’s always positive.”

The 4x2 relay team won with ease, but got the disqualification for exchanging the baton too early.

Blackwell’s leader in the field is Corsha Harris, who is seeking to make consecutive appearances in the state championships.

Harris won the shot put Wednesday and finished second in the discus. Her shot put throw of 31 feet, 8 inches was a personal best.

“She’s a tough kid and a pretty strong thrower, but she needs more training,” said Blackwell. “She’s a leader. That’s our leader and that’s our voice.”

The Warrior girls finished fourth in the standings, but Blackwell was just happy his team gained more experience.

“Just coming here and competing today so they can see some competition, I’m satisfied,” he said. “We competed today. That’s what I wanted to see.”

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