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Raiders notch 5 wins, take 2nd behind Union Pines

Emerson Wall won the triple jump on Thursday. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — As a team on Thursday, the Richmond Raiders earned 58 points to take second place in their Sandhills Athletic Conference track and field meet at home.

Competing against Scotland and Union Pines high schools, the Raiders finished behind the Vikings, who won the meet with 78 points.

Scotland finished third out of the three teams with 32 points.

Like their Lady Raider counterparts, the Raiders didn’t participate in as many events as usual due to the approaching postseason.

Richmond had five wins (25 points), six second-place marks, (18 points), six third-place finishes (11 points) and four fourth-place results (4 points).

With points awarded to the top-four results in each event, Richmond’s strongest outing was in the triple jump, which earned 10 points.

Going first, second and third, respectively, were Emerson Wall (42 feet), Domonic Tillman (40 feet, 6 inches) and Chamaure Shaw (38 feet, 6 inches).

The Raiders had three other individual winners, along with the 4×100-meter relay team. In that race, Richmond coasted to a time of 42.85 seconds, nearly a full second faster than Scotland (43.78 seconds).

Keonta Pegues hands the baton to Aaron Coleman during Richmond’s win in the 4×100-meter relay. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

Winning the 200-meter dash was Taye Spencer, who edged teammate Emoni McBride. Spencer ran the half a lap around the track in 22.47 seconds, followed by McBride in second (22.89 seconds).

Richmond placed first in the discus and 300-meter hurdles, both events that secured fourth-place finishes, too.


Gray Maultsby won the discus for the first time this season, setting a new personal record with a final throw of 113 feet, 6 inches. That was six inches further than second-place finisher Amari Chance of Scotland.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Aaron Coleman crossed the finish line first with a time of 42.68 seconds. Taking fourth in the discus was Urijah McDonald (100 feet, 8 inches) and Dillon Veach was fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.37 seconds).

Headlining the second-place marks were Tillman in the 110-meter hurdles (16.47 seconds), the 4×800-meter relay team (9:30) and Coleman in the 100-meter dash (10.82 seconds).

Richmond placed second, third and fourth in the shot put, starting with Spencer (44 feet, 1 inch). Narrowly defeating Spencer by an inch was Chance.

Taye Spencer hurls the shot put during Thursday’s meet. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

Earning third and fourth, respectively, were McDonald (40 feet, 6 inches) and Damon Bryant (36 feet, 2 inches).

Other third-place results were Jyneil Scott in the 100-meter dash (10.88 seconds) and Wall in the long jump (18 feet, 4 inches). Tillman and Shaw finished tied for third in the high jump (5 feet, 4 inches), combining for three points.

Richmond’s final point came courtesy of Nicholas Griggs in the long jump, seeing him land in fourth place (17 feet, 9 inches).

Closing out their final regular season meet next week at Pinecrest, the Raiders will also compete against Hoke County. Events will begin at 4 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.