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Raiders collect 6 wins in final SAC meet of regular season

ROSports File Photo (left to right): Aaron Coleman, Emoni McBride and Keonta Pegues all contributed to wins on Thursday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

RAEFORD — As a tune-up for the upcoming postseason, the Richmond Raider track and field team placed second during Thursday’s Sandhills Athletic Conference meet.

One of four teams competing at host Hoke County High School, Richmond secured 70 points.

Pinecrest High School won the regular-season finale with 116.5 points. Behind the Raiders were Hoke County (61.5 points) and Union Pines High School (13 points).

Paving the way to their second-place finish, the Raiders won six different events. That was followed by four second-place results, four third-place marks and three fourth-place finishes.

Like their Lady Raider counterparts, the Richmond boys took the top four spots in the 100-meter dash. Aaron Coleman paced the timesheet with a meet-best finish of 11.11 seconds.

Taking second, third and fourth, respectively, were Taye Spencer (11.42 seconds), Emoni McBride (11.77 seconds) and Keonta Pegues (11.78 seconds).

Three of those four runners — Coleman, Pegues and Spencer — contributed to the Raiders’ win in the 4×100-meter relay. Starting the first leg was Jamarion Bryant, as Richmond clocked in at 42.98 seconds, ahead of second-place Hoke County (44.50 seconds).

Coleman, McBride and Spencer also captured an individual win during the meet. In the 110-meter hurdles, Coleman won with a time of 15.14 seconds, coasting ahead of Krysean Darby of Pinecrest (16.59 seconds).

McBride sprinted his way to a victory in the open 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 23.86 seconds, just ahead of Donaven Brown (23.94 seconds). 

Spencer won the shot put, landing his farthest throw at a mark of 44 feet, 7 inches, almost two feet ahead of Joey Castaneda (42 feet, 11 inches).

Earning the Raiders’ sixth first-place finish was Dillon Veach in the 300-meter hurdles. He ended the race in 44.86 seconds, well ahead of second-place Darby (46.24 seconds).


The Raiders took second overall in the 4×800-meter relay, the high jump and the long jump. 

Combining in the 4×800 were James Coicou, Cameron Gladden, Jordan Bostick and Joshua Yarbrough, who completed the race in a time of 10:02.61.

Also taking second were Ahaiver McDonald in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) and Jayden Hamilton in the long jump (19 feet, 11 inches).

Richmond’s other trio of third-place results came in the 110 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the 4×400-meter relay. 

Domonic Tillman was third in the 110 hurdles (16.83 seconds), Marquan Martin was third in the 300 hurdles (46.84 seconds) and Bostic, Gladden, Veach and Linden Garcia placed third in the 4×400 (3:46.65).

The Raiders’ final points came courtesy of a pair of fourth-place marks. 

Gray Maultsby led the team for the second straight meet in the discus (113 feet, 7 inches) and Deshaun Ingram was fourth in the open 200 dash (24.17 seconds).

Up next for the Raiders will be the SAC championship meet on Thursday, which will be held at Pinecrest High School starting at 5 p.m.

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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.