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Harrison conference champ in long jump, Lady Raiders 3rd overall

ROSports File Photo: Akeya Harrison won the SAC championship in the long jump. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

SOUTHERN PINES — The Richmond Senior High School girls’ track and field team took third out of seven schools in the Sandhills Athletic Conference championship meet last week.

Competing over two days at Pinecrest High School, the Lady Raiders and head coach Reggie Miller collected 94.5 points and brought home one individual conference title.

Winning the meet with 223 points was Pinecrest, followed by conference runner-up Union Pines High School (169 points).

Senior sprinter and jumper Akeya Harrison was responsible for the Lady Raiders’ lone win, coming in the long jump.

Participating in jumping events for the first season of her four-year career, Harrison tallied a final distance of 15 feet, 8.5 inches to earn the crown. Her mark was 3.5 inches farther than second place Reagan Scepurek (Pinecrest).

Richmond had five second-place marks, two third-place finishes and added 10 more top-10 placements. 

Harrison took second in the 200-meter dash (25.92 seconds) and was followed by senior teammate Isis Covington in third place (26.81 seconds). Winning the race was Briana St. Louis of Union Pines (24.36 seconds).

In the triple jump, it was Harrison again who finished as the runner-up, landing at a mark of 35 feet, 1.75 inches. That was just 10.25 inches behind St. Louis.

Covington and Shadea Harrison were the other two individual second-place finishers in the 100-meter dash and discus, respectively. In the open 100 race, Covington clocked in at 12.71 seconds and Harrison threw her discus to a final mark of 86 feet, 11 inches.


Richmond’s 4×100-meter relay team rounded out the second-place performances with a time of 50.89 seconds. Running the lap around the track were Covington, Andrea Ellerbe, Akeya Harrison and Tenaziah McNeil.

Scotland High School’s relay squad just edged the Lady Raiders with a time of 50.33 seconds.

Hurdling her way to a third-place time in the 100-meter hurdles was Ja’Mya Fuller (17.62 seconds).

Richmond’s fourth-place results were Fuller in the 300-meter hurdles (53.96 seconds), Anayjah Dumas in the 100-meter hurdles (18.24 seconds) and Honesty Horne in the shot put (29 feet, 11 inches).

The 4×400-relay team of Brooklyn Jemison, Rena Drake, Nyla Stroman and Taylor Newton placed fifth (4:46.08). Also tying for fifth in the high jump was Drake (4 feet, 6 inches).

Stroman placed sixth in the triple jump (30 feet, 7 inches) and Newton, Jemison, Amariah Gibson and Ladayja Cole combined for sixth in the 4×800-meter relay (13:01.67).

Other top-10 results included Ella Parker (7th, shot put), Fuller (9th, long jump) and Dumas (10th, 300 hurdles).

The Lady Raiders will compete in the NCHSAA 4A Mideast regional championship at Green Level High School on Saturday.

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Kyle Pillar is a 22-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on X @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.