ROCKINGHAM — Passing the century mark in points during Wednesday’s home Sandhills Athletic Conference meet, the Richmond Senior High School girls’ track and field team continued its impressive season.
Winning its fourth conference contest of the spring, the Lady Raiders notched 101 points to make easy work against second-place Scotland High School (58 points) and third-place Southern Lee High School (1 point).
Richmond’s track and field athletes collected 11 first-place wins, 10 second-place marks and had six third-place podiums.
The Lady Raiders swept the top three spots in three events — the 100-meter dash, the 300-meter hurdles and the high jump.
Richmond scored a majority of its points in sprints (25 points), jumps (22 points) and relays (17 points).
Collecting two wins each were senior distance runner Maylyn Wallace and junior sprinter Andrea Ellerbe.
Wallace won the 1600-meter run (6:17) and was 12 seconds faster than the second-place runner, and added a six-second margin of victory in the 800-meter race (2:35).
Ellerbe notched five points each in both the open 100 and open 200-meter dashes. Her mark of 12.05 seconds in the 100-meter set the tone for a sweep, and she clocked in with a time of 25.42 seconds in the 200-meter.
Following Ellerbe in the 100-meter dash in second place was junior Isis Covington (12.33 seconds) and junior Akeya Harrison took third (12.34 seconds).
Sophomore Aniyah Tanksley, who placed in three separate events, started the 300-meter hurdles sweep with a time of 53.84 seconds. Taking second and third, respectively, were freshman Anayjah Dumas (55.47 seconds) and senior I’liyah Hailey (56.23 seconds).
Rounding out the sweeps were three high jumpers — freshman Jamaya Fuller (first, 4-10), Tanksley (second, 4-6) and Dumas (third, 4-2).
The Lady Raiders also earned the top two finishes in the triple jump, starting with senior Ja’Niya Blue’s first-place distance of 31-0. Senior Joselyn Hunter took second (30-6) and also won the open 400-meter dash (1:06.21).
Senior Rayana Shubert combined to add eight points to the team’s total with a first-place throw in the discus (80-10) and a second-place distance in the shot put (27-9).
The final two wins came from the 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter relay teams. The 4×100 squad clocked in at 49.05 seconds (5.25 seconds faster than second place), and the 4×200 team finished in 1:46, over seven seconds faster than their opponents.
Also taking second place in their respective events were Dumas (100-meter hurdles, 18.75 seconds), Blue (long jump, 15-6), senior Talayeh Covington (200-meter, 27.00 seconds) and both the 4×400 (5:06) and 4×800 (14:20) relay teams.
Dumas added a third-place time in the 100-meter hurdles (19.17 seconds), senior Miccah Wall was third in the open 400 (1:07.21) and sophomore Jasmine Jennings threw 63-7 in the discus for third place.
The girls’ track and field team will return to action after spring break.