Thursday, August 30, 2007

Power shift in track and field

With Harding’s Nyosha Bryant transferring to West Charlotte this year and with Harding losing Kamorean Hayes to graduation, the balance of power has shifted in girls’ track and field in North Carolina.

Look for West Charlotte to be the team to beat at the 4A state championships after Harding won three of the last four titles.
Sure, it takes more than one person to win a state championship, but consider that Bryant, the All-Observer girls’ track and field runner of the year last spring, can provide a lot of points.

She can likely give West Charlotte 10 points in two relays and 10 points each in the 100 meters, where she owns the fourth-fastest time in N.C. history at 11.57, and in the 200 meters, where she has the sixth-fastest time in state history (23.88).

If she decides not to run one of the relays, she’s good enough to win the long jump, where she won last year’s N.C. indoor title and has a best of 19-feet, 5 inches outdoors (tied for 16th best in N.C. history), or score big in the 400 meters, where she ran once or twice last year and had several fast splits on some relays.

Another thing that bodes well for West Charlotte is that Bryant is familiar with her teammates and with sprint coach Trent Guy Sr., one of the state’s best. Bryant ran summer track with several of West Charlotte’s sprinters (Shequrya Guy, Jasmine Dupont and Shenia Glover) and has been coached by Guy the last few years.

If West Charlotte can find another leg in the 400-meter relay, Bryant’s presence makes it possible for the Lions to go after the all-time N.C. best of 46.61 set by Harding in 2006. Bryant ran on that team and also ran on the Harding team last year that ran 46.62, the second-best in N.C. history.

At last spring’s N.C. 4A championships, Bryant finished second in the 200 meters and ran on the winning 800-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay. Aside from running on the top-two 400-meter relay teams in N.C. history, she also ran on the second-fastest 800-meter relay in N.C. history when she competed on the team that ran 1:38.78. -- Brett Honeycutt

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't understand any parent allowing their child to transfer to a school with the worst academics in the state. The observer printed today only 6% of AP scores passed at WC. EOCs are dismal. CMS needs to do something.

Anonymous said...

That's an understandable point, yet WC's scores did increase by 4% and who knows if the athlete is an AP student? Generally speaking, the number of AP students decreased in CMS and I'm sure that WC's AP student numbers are lower than most CMS schools.

Anonymous said...

Wow recruting at the high school level? What happened to the rule that if you transfered to another school you couldnt participate in sports for a year? I also agree that it IS sad that a parent is allowing their child to transfer into a school with such academics. What kind of message are they sending, that its more important to be an athelete then to get an education?

Anonymous said...

Just to show the real track fans that if you get one or two great athletes at the high school level anyone can win a championship///HAd nothing to do with coachong!!!

Anonymous said...

continued form last message! Coaching was mispelled due to child sitting in lap while keying in!

But I beleive a athlete should be able to go to ANY school of their choice and not sit out a year! I am so sick of high school coaches thinking they are Olympic caliber coaches! It is athletes that win championships NOT coaches at high school level!!!!

santonio holmes said...

Say what you want about West Charlottes academics.No other school has been faced with the principle exits that we have. The mighty Lions continue to march on.Jasmine Johnson an IB student as well as an athlete had over 4 million dollars in scholarship offers highest in CMS. New principle John Modest has alredy made a positive turnaround for the school.Throw all that out the window.West Charlotte has had national ranked athletes for the past 6 years not just one .If everybody minded there own business the world would be a better place.Harding parents stop crying over spilled milk.Welcome to the world of struggling students.

Anonymous said...

Come on people this isn't new. Atheletes have been following Tommy Knots around for years. Now it's all about academics! I agree that academics are important but lets not point fingers here. CMS needs a swift kick in the rear for letting it go on for this long. Besides Olympic athletes especially gymnist follow their coaches around the country just to train. Leave her mother alone and just wish her well in her pursuit of happiness. Obviously some things transpired that you haven't been made aware of!

Anonymous said...

I read an article where the former Vance coach was trying to get all his ruunners to transfer.He is now the head coach of the neew Mallard Creek High School.If he succeeded there won't be a fuss at all.No matter what school you got to if you do your work you will make it.Academics is an individual thing.Unfortunately schools are graded as a whole.Therefore schools like West Charlotte gets tried and convicted by the media !

Martin Bryant said...

I'm the father of Nyosha. While West Charlotte might have the worst academics in the state. The staff and coaching staff has offered to give my daughter a better chance of attending college and having a chance to compete academically with all the other students, regardless of her achievements on the track field. Her mother and I support her excelling in her class work more then the atheletics. So don't even think that we are'nt concerned with WC academic standing!

Anonymous said...

West Charlotte is not the lowest performing school in the state.Incase any of you can read Harding dropped in academics lower than West Charlotte.

Anonymous said...

this is really nothing new that is happen. i mean harding has been doing for the past 4 years half the track runners were not suspose to be at that school but they made away so i dont see why its a problem for her to attend wc. i know her and she is a smart girl and i am sure she has a great reason as to why she left i mean harding is known for winning sometimes but there attitude stinks there the worst team when it comes to that atleast wc has a great attitude. but i think she should go where she is comfortable cause.

Elaine Washington said...

I agree those Harding girls were the nastiest team in CMS.Now this year they will be average.For the last five years they have been recruting to keep that team strong.The coaches there have never had to coach.Lets see what they can do this year.Bryant was smart to leave there.Harding runners never sign division 1 scholarships for track.Sherelle Forenburger ,Janae Carrouthers,Felicia Paulding,Western Carolina.Cameron Hayes was coached by Shelton Harris , she is the only one thatwent D1 Florida State and thats a shame.

Anonymous said...

While you think that West Charlotte coaching is good for daughter. Think again, Sprinters who have came from West Charlotte tend to get hurt cause Coach Guy runs them to the ground before they reach the collegiate ranks. Look at the history of the athletes there. NON of them have ever did well at NCAA Championships!

Anonymous said...

Elaine,
Western Carolina is D1, lol. Those girls who went to western carolina arent good enough to get recruited by bigger schools. By the way, most mid major school are kicking those bigger schools tails at meets anyway. The name of the school doesnt say how good the coach is there. What makes a good coach if the athlete gets better without getting injured, or the name of the school. Great H.S. athletes go to big name schools b/c of the "NAME."

Anonymous said...

HAHA yes though western is not that well known it IS D1. As far as what Nyosha's father said...if you were so concerned about her education there are many schools out there better then WC. Like all of them. Don't try to use the crutch that you are doing this for her education when the real truth is that you just got talked into letting your daughter attend an undesirable school just because of athletics. Letting this happen is one thing but don't lie about the reason.

Anonymous said...

Let's talk D-1. For the record. Western Carolina is D-1. And they do a damn good job of recruiting. The athletes you refer to were offered scholarships by many other "Big" schools. What is a "Big " school anyway. One that stresses academics I hope. I think Western falls into that catagory.It is the choice of the athletes. So be happy for them. Oh Yeah. Joya Rodgers-NC State, Nigel Orr-Georgia Tech, Aaron Searles-USC, Krystal Barringer-Clemson, Asia Davis-Western,William Scott-Central to name a few. And they all do very well. After all academic is key. Free Education.Get the point. And as for "power shift." We will see.

Jamill Jackson said...

Thanks coach guy for not buying into this hate on this issue.People remain anonymous because they are not man or woman enough to say things to your face. A blind man to see that guy is good at his craft.People get injured all the time on every level of sports.I did my homework before getting guy to train my kids.Guy has coached a #1 ranked runner nationally for three years running.His nephew is also one of the top football players in the country Louisville.Louisville won the Big East Championships in track,the Regional Championship,and finished in the top 15 in the National Championship,Trenton A Guy was a big part of all of that.Corey Brown led the nation in the 60 meter dash for four weeks in 2006 and is a three time all-american.Krystal Barringer and Asia Davis were and are still training with Guy in the summer.Davis is my sons hurdle coach.Dyestat posted that Trenton Guy jr. was the first to ever win an indoor and outdoor national championship in sprints in the same year.I am certain he will make an instant impact in the NCAA this year.I agree a free education is what it is all about!My hat is off to my childrens trainer.They have improved greatly in a short time.My money is well spent and their future in the sport of track promising!!!!!

Asia Davis said...

Why is there such a conflict on where this young lady goes to school? A lot of schools in CMS have low academic ratings and some are continually decreasing but it is funny how WC is your only focus. Though, I never knew that a child would be judged by the school she attended instead of her efforts and achievements that she has personally accomplished.

Just to say i went to Harding and graduated with like a 2.8 GPA which is not good at all but went to college on an athletic scholarship and left out with almost a 3.3 and was repeatedly acknowledge and awarded all four years by NCAA for my academics as well as my performance. My academics at Harding did not get me a free ride to school bc of my lack of ambition at that time. Luckily, athletics got me to school and from there i was able to graduate with a double major in finance and now am pursuing my masters. So its not where you go, its what you do when you are there!

It seems to me that the conflict is not with Bryant and where she goes to school but with the coach that she is following. But what is so wrong about following someone who cares enough to spend his OWN time, gas and money just so his athletes can go further than a 12th grade education for FREE. Real recognizes real, we dont follow Trent b/c he trained us and we got rings in high school, we followed and are following him bc he cared about us; point blank. We are not just athletes to him but a family. So you can say what ever you want but it doesnt make us weak but more stronger. Maybe i should say keep up the "good" work. lol

Asia Davis said...

Also, i went to Western and was a jr All American as well was nationally ranked 13th and 11th for 400mh. That may not be number one but it sure beats a lot of other top school athletes. So dont knocked the athletes bc of the name of the school b/c my times made me good enough. Some of you all probably didnt even go to college, you just got something to say about everyone else...

Track Fan said...

Alexis Ivey,Sherelle Fornburger,Felicia Pauling,Janet Carouthers,Ciera James , Nicole Wallace,Danielle KcKay,and the list go on and on .They all attend Harding and all stayed hurt.I guess coach Guy is not the only person so called run people to death.Better yet why don't you cowards put the blame on him to.Harding is done and you can take that to the bank !

TG3 said...

"Sprinters who have came from West Charlotte tend to get hurt cause Coach Guy runs them to the ground before they reach the collegiate ranks" Is this a fact? While we have all of the anonymous post about my Uncle Trenton Guy Sr. Why not be Man or Woman enough to put your name out there if u have things to say about him. Trent Guy Sr. is a hell of a coach and its killing you all.
How is that Trent Guy Sr. is not a good coach when he turned average athletes in nationally ranked prospects? Just to throw names out, Tim Walls, Lasonja Collins, Corey Brown(Transfered from Olympic), Trenton A. Guy(Transfered from Harding), Asia Davis(Harding), Alphonso Jordan, Joel Gaddy, Crystal Barringer(Harding), Nyosha Bryant, "whos times has droped since training with Trent Guy Sr. and his Son Trenton Guy Jr. who he converted from a 800m, 1600m meter runner into maybe the best sprinter in NC history. So please miss me with the BS about Trenton Guy Sr. coaching ability. I know first hand how good of a coach Trenton is and nothing will convince me otherwise. Nyosha Bryant do ya thing Girl shut all the hate UP!

Coach Harrison said...

I don't see what the problem is with Nyosha transferring schools? Let's be realistic here. Coach Guy is a great coach, and no one can take anything away from that. He has had a US#1 in the sprints each of the past 3 years some point in the season. People let's be even more honest. How many academic scholarships do they give to people? There are some people who do get them, but for the average athlete they count on their athleticism using their academics as something to fall back on. If it's going to get you into school then I'm all for it. Free education is what everyone is after. If you where her parents what would you do? Does anyone have $103,567 a year out of state, and $42,345 in state to send their child to school? Most people do not. Then what are your options? Take out a loan that you will never pay back before you are dead? Martin Bryant, your daughter belongs there! Free EDUCATION!

Coach Damion McLean said...

As a collegiate coach, some of these arguements are interesting to read. TO: Nyosha - You will do a good job this year and go on to college and hopefully be a good athlete as well. Good luck this year!

Also, it doesn't matter what college you attend, as long as you are going for the right reasons. In/out of state, free school or loans. If you're ambitions are high and you have GOD on your side, you can do whatever you want. GREAT athletes can come out of any college, and Division. If you don't have the proper coach to teach you the right technical things and to help you get stronger without getting injured, then you have done a good job.

I am the jump coach at Appalachian State University, and I have produced numerous NCAA competitors and Olympic trials qualifiers (Ronda & Tondra White, Mark Sturgis, Joel Gaddy, Vonteena Knotts just to name a few).

Nyosha, I hope you kick &*% where ever you go, b/c the school doesn't matter, the coach does! And always remember, nobody else can make you better if you don't have it within yourself.

Anonymous said...

Good Try Coach !!!!LOL

Coach Mclean said...

Another anonymous, lol. I wasn't trying. I was making a valid point. A point you can't argue about!

Anonymous said...

stop hating on west charlottte.Its not our promblem that we thae best in the state. neyosha made a good choice to go to west charlotte. every one know hardin will never win a ring in boys nor girls no more since every left duh. if you want to win a ring come to west charlotte. don't go to other school's thinking you're going to get a ring but you're not. west charlotte will have top runners in the state again