Eagles building program for future

May. 10, 2014 @ 11:23 PM

Third in the state wasn’t good enough for Warren County junior Starbesha Satterwhite.

The Northern Carolina Conference and Mideast Regional champion in the girls 200 meters lost Saturday for the first time this season at the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A championships.

“I feel like I could have pushed myself a little more,” said Satterwhite, who finished behind Monroe’s Reneazia Collins and Tangela Williams of North Johnston.

“That’s her,” said Warren County head coach Morton Jones. “She always wants to do her best and do more. I thought it was pretty good because this is probably only her seventh time ever running the 200. So I think she did really well.”

Satterwhite’s time was 26.08 seconds. Collins, named the meet’s most valuable girls performer, ran it in 25.48 to help lead Monroe to the overall girls title.

Satterwhite’s seeding time was 25.78, second behind Collins entering the meet.

“I feel like I accomplished something making it this far,” said Satterwhite. “I’m just proud of myself either way.”

Satterwhite and Charlie Williams were the first athletes to represent Warren County in the state championships since 2010.

Williams finished tied for seventh in the boys high jump after clearing 6-feet, 2 inches — as he did at regionals.

“To have two people here, that’s just helping us build for next year,” said Jones.

Williams, a senior, completed only his second year with the track and field team that has watched rain dampen the spring, forcing frequent postponements and cancelations.

And because Warren County has nowhere for Williams to practice his high jump, he competed with a bar and mat Saturday for the first time since regionals. And his regional jump was the first since the conference meet. He does most of his training in the weight room.

“I feel like I gave it my all so that’s all that really matters,” said Williams.

Williams said he didn’t expect to make it to Greensboro, but it was a great way to end his senior year.

“It’s pretty cool being here,” he said. “It’s a big environment. It’s a lot more athletes than it was last week at regionals. They’re all big guys. They all have good sportsmanship. They have one goal and that’s to come out here and compete for a state championship.”

Contact the writer at kholtzman@hendersondispatch.com.