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Natchitoches Central track athlete among 11 to sign with Demons
Aug 02, 2014 | 186 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Northwestern State men's and women's track and field programs announced the signing of 11 sprinters to their fall class who will seek to help the Demons and Lady Demons build on last spring's success.

The Demons will add freshmen Amir James, Gabe Turney and local Natchitoches Central High School product Eris Jones in addition to transfers Anthony Taylor and Keenan Williams.

The Lady Demons welcome six athletes including freshmen Taisha Holt, De'Shalyn Jones, Kylie Nodorft and Sydney Stewart as well as transfers Taprica Lewis and Jermeka McBride.

Stewart, an Opelousas native, is the lone Louisiana representative from the Lady Demon's class of sprinters. At the Louisiana State Championships, Stewart captured three top three finishes in the 400 meter dash over her Opelousas Senior High School tenure including third last season, second as a junior and first as a sophomore.

On the men's side, four athletes hold Louisiana ties including Turney (West Ouachita High School), Taylor (Huntington High School), Williams (Bastrop) and Jones (Natchitoches Central High School).

James joins the Demons as the lone out-of-state product, coming from Sugar Land, Texas where he competed for Fort Bend Dulles High School.

Five sprinters join the Lady Demons from the state of Texas including Holt (Jefferson, Texas), Jones (John Tyler High School), Lewis (Tatum High School; Southwestern Christian Community College), Nodorft (Wylie East High School) and McBride (Southwestern Christian Community College).

The incoming class on both sides boasts multiple local, state and national accolades.

While at Colby Community College, Williams notched top marks at the NJCAA Championships including first in the 4x400 meter relay, second in the 4x100 relay and tenth in the 100 meters indoors while taking fifth in the 200 outdoors.

Taylor, a future teammate, also saw nationally success placing ninth in the nation in the 400 meters with a blazing time of 47.5.

For the women, Lewis and McBride each played integral parts of some of the fastest relay teams in the country posting third in the 4x400 for NJCAA and fifth in the 4x100 respectively.
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