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Final regular-season meet results in win for Raiders

CAMERON — In the team’s final regular-season meet of the season, the Raider indoor track and field team took home first place.

Collecting 134 points, Richmond held on for its first meet victory of the season, defeating second-place Union Pines High School (111 points).

Hosted by Hoke County, and held at Union Pines, the eight-team meet saw Cape Fear High School round out the top three spots with 65 points.

Securing points in 10 of the dozen events scored, the Raiders did well in sprints (47 points) and jumps (40 points). 

Richmond added points in hurdles (21 points), relays (12 points), throwing (8 points) and distance (6 points).

Taye Spencer collected the Raiders’ lone first-place finish in the meet, cruising to a final time of 6.75 seconds in the 55-meter dash. That time was 0.11 seconds faster than second-place Aaron Coleman (6.86 seconds, Scotland).

Five second-place finishes combined for 40 points for the Raiders, starting with Travion Smith in the 300-meter dash (40.30 seconds). Nicholas Griggs earned second in the 55-meter hurdles (8.80 seconds).

Tyrene Stanback, who qualified for the NCHSAA 4A state championship and was recently named the Sandhills Athletic Conference’s field events MVP, earned second in the long jump. He leapt to a distance of 18 feet, 7.5 inches.

Also taking second place were Domonic Tillman in the triple jump (38 feet, 10.5 inches) and Zakeius Martin in the shot put (32 feet, 3 inches).


The Raiders racked up the points in both the 300-meter race (26 points) and the 55-meter hurdles (21 points).

Behind Smith in the open 300 were Linden Garcia (3rd, 40.74 seconds), Chamaure Shaw (4th, 41.51 seconds), Demetrius Everette (5th, 42.17 seconds) and Ahjujuan Ewing (6th, 43.59 seconds).

Tillman was 4th in the 55-meter hurdles (9.13 seconds), followed by Marquan Martin (5th, 9.45 seconds) and Ewing (6th, 10.15 seconds).

The long jump was also a successful event for the team, pulling in 22 total points, including Stanback’s second-place mark. Placing fourth through seventh place, respectively, were Griggs, Shaw, Jake Veach and Smith for an additional 14 points.

Stanback (38 feet, 7 inches) and Shaw (34 feet, 6 inches) took third and fifth place in the triple jump. 

In the relay races, the Raiders’ 4×400 meter (4:12.69) and 4×800 meter (11:04.12) teams both took third place for a combined 12 points.

Other contributors in the meet victory were Keonta Pegues (55-meter, 4th), Emoni McBride (55-meter, 5th), Cameron Gladden (1000-meter, 6th), Marcus Henderson (500-meter, 7th) and Jabari Douglas (500-meter, 8th).

Combined, those five runners added the final 15 points to Richmond’s total.

The NCHSAA 4A state championship will be held on Saturday at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.