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Raiders finish 3rd overall at Olympian’s invitational, Tillman crowned MVP

Domonic Tillman, Jayden Hamilton and Keonta Pegues took a photo with US Olympia Kathy McMillan and her medals Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Coach John Rich.)

The Richmond Senior High School boys track and field team competed in two events this week.

Seeing success at the team and individual level, the Raiders started with a Sandhills Athletic Conference meet at Pinecrest Wednesday. 

Richmond then took third place overall in the 5th annual Kathy McMillan Invitational Saturday, which was held at Hoke County High School. Sophomore Domonic Tillman was named the event’s MVP.

Coleman returns for Raiders at Pinecrest

Junior hurdler and sprinter Aaron Coleman made his season debut for the Raiders in their meet at Pinecrest. He’d been out with an injury since the indoor season over the winter.

Running in the 110-meter hurdles, an event he qualified for at states last year, Coleman won Richmond’s only individual event Wednesday. He ran the race in 14.64 seconds.

The Raiders’ other victory came in the 4×100-meter relay race. The four Raiders cruised around the track in 43.41 seconds.

Sophomore Amer Morrison picked up a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash. He completed the sprint in 11.96 seconds.

Three Raiders notched a third-place result against their Pinecrest and Hoke County opponents. They were Tyreese Collins in the 200-meter dash (23.56 seconds), Laurence Williams in the discus (95 feet, 4 inches) and Tillman in the long jump (20 feet, 3 inches).

Raiders place third at Olympian’s invitational

Hoke County was the site of the Kathy McMillan Invitational, named for the Raeford native who won a silver medal in the long jump at the 1976 summer games.

The Raiders totaled 81 points during the event, placing third overall. Ahead of them were invitational team winner Hoke County (156 points) and Gray’s Creek High School (115 points).


Richmond had two wins on the day — the 4×100-meter relay (43.49 seconds) and the high jump. Winning the high jump was sophomore Jayden Hamilton, who cleared the bar at 5 feet, 10 inches.

Sophomore Keonta Pegues collected two of Richond’s three second-place results. He ran the 100-meter dash in 10.99 seconds and followed with a distance of 21 feet, 2.50 inches in the long jump.

Tillman started his MVP outing with a second-place finish in the high jump, just behind Hamilton, with a mark of 5 feet, 8 inches.

Richmond secured four other top-three finishes. Tillman had two of them in the 110-meter hurdles (16.47 seconds) and the triple jump (39 feet, 7 inches).

Hamilton kept up his impressive performance with a third-place distance of 21 feet, 2 inches in the long jump. Lastly, the Raiders’ 4×800-meter relay team added points with a time of 10:04.35.

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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.