Nash Central’s tradition of producing college-caliber track & field athletes has extended into the 2014 season.
Seniors Damian Silver and Brian Williams recently signed letters of intent to continue their careers at the next level.
Silver, who won the NCHSAA 3-A state championship in the 110 and 300 hurdles, signed with Hampton, while Williams inked a commitment to Louisburg.
If the two had their ideal situation, the friends both would have signed with Hampton.
Williams, who ran a number of events from the 400, 800 and a number of relays, decided to take Louisburg’s offer because Hampton’s decision on him stretched far longer than he anticipated.
Silver waited for Hampton too, before earning an offer that included complete financial coverage during the next four years.
East Carolina could have been Silver’s choice, but the state champion would have had to pay for his first year of school.
“I feel very fortunate, but I say I put in the work for it,” Silver said. “I have been working hard over the past three years and did what I had to do. My first year, I wasn’t thinking about college. Last year is when I started thinking about going to college.”
The Bulldogs duo has lived up to the potential displayed, adding to the growing number of successful Nash Central track & field alumni.
Williams participated in the 3-A state championship meet in all but one of his four seasons, while Silver came on strong toward the latter part of his junior season.
He placed second in the 110 hurdles a season ago.
Williams and Silver have been friends for six years, relying on each other, family and coaches.
Silver said his mother, Sandra Alston, and older sister, Kishia, have been his support system.
Williams said coaches including Brian Winham and Marshall Leonard helped him develop into a college-caliber athlete.
“They not only helped me get faster, but they helped me love track as much as I do now,” Williams said. “They told me I would be successful in track one day. It’s all coming to truth now.”
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or firstname.lastname@example.org