James Taylor, Nansemond River

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by Brian Smith, 13NEWS

WVEC.com

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 8:48 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 11:33 AM

James Taylor gives a whole new meaning to the term "hitting the ground and running." 

The Nansemond River High School senior has exploded on to the track scene in a big way in just three years.  At 6-3, he runs the 300 and 500 meters (his times are among the top three in the country for both) and recently at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships, his time of 21.34 seconds was best in the nation. 

"I'm starting to master running", he says.

Warriors head coach, Franco Britt thinks his star pupil is just getting started.  "Alot of times, it's unheard of to be that size against the competition", he says.  "He's got a quick turnover."  Amazing it almost never happened. 

Taylor was reluctant to even go out for the team.  He was perfectly content being a drum major in the school's band, but once he notice how good he could be, he couldn't pass up the chance. 

For his effort he'll be running for the Norfolk State Spartans for his college years.  Taylor knows there's always room for improvement. 

"Anything can happen.  I'm always on my toes."  And that's music to the Warriors ears this season.

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