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Swift Justice
Mallard Creek's Briscoe aims for banner season
 
Published Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:39 am
by Herbert L. White

The only thing missing from Justice Briscoe’s resume as a high school sprinter is a state championship.

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Mallard Creek High senior Justice Briscoe is North Carolina’s top returning girls’ 400 meter sprinter. The Norfolk State signee is unbeaten in three outdoor meets and is looking to improve on the fourth-place finish she posted at last year’s N.C. 4A championships.


Briscoe, a Mallard Creek High senior, wants a title, especially in her specialty, the 400 meters. She finished fourth in the 2012 N.C. 4A championships with a time of 56.81 seconds, which is strong motivation for 2013.


“Get a ring,” she said. “That’s my main goal – a state ring in the (100, 200, or 400 meters) – really to get a state ring in all three. If not all three, at least one.”


That drive has served Briscoe well, second-year Mallard Creek coach Nicholas Leeson said.


“Justice is highly dedicated and that commitment and determination is going to take her as far as she wants it to take her,” he said.
Briscoe, who has signed to run collegiately at Norfolk State, is off to a strong start in 2013, going undefeated in the 400 in Mallard Creek’s first three outdoor meets and showing the potential to contend for the state title. She also runs on the Mavericks’ unbeaten 4x100 and 4x200 squads.


“That’s the one thing that’s driving me to get that (championship),” she said. “I already picked the school I wanted and they offered me a full scholarship, so that goal’s been checked off. Now the goal is to get a state ring and make my name even more known in track.”


Briscoe had a breakout season as a junior, setting a school record in the 400 and winning I-Meck titles in the 400 and 4x400 relay. A successful spring campaign and the surprise run to the state championships confirmed sprinting is a means to an end.


“Sophomore year, to be honest with you, I didn’t care about track,” she said. “I just did it just to do it. When I realized one day at practice that I can make something of myself out of this, I can get scholarships for it, I can go to the Olympics if I want to, it just clicked in my mind.”


Said Leeson: “Last year she was kind of a surprise. She was a 62 (second) 400 girl and really dedicated herself in the winter, had a great spring and it paid off when she dropped (six) seconds off her 400 time.”


Briscoe started the season as N.C.’s top underclassman in the 400, and Leeson believes she’s capable of building upon last year’s success to become dominant in the 100 and 200 as well.


“Her potential is what she makes of it,” he said. “She’s got all the ability in the world, all the potential in the world.”

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