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Raiders track and field takes 2nd in opening meet

CAMERON — In its first meet of the season last Thursday at Union Pines High School, the Richmond Raider track and field team earned second place out of the three teams competing.

Finishing with 46.5 points, the Raiders placed in between Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents Union Pines (76 points) and Lee County High School (23.5 points).

Richmond secured five first-place finishes, six second and six fourth-place finishes and added four third place marks.

Aaron Coleman had two of those first-place honors, winning the 100-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles. In the open 100, Coleman edged teammate Taye Spencer (11.41 seconds) with a meet-best time of 11.27 seconds.

Competing in the 110 hurdles, Coleman secured the victory with the fastest time of 15.63 seconds. Marquan Martin (18.84 seconds) placed third in the hurdles.

Finishing in the top four of the 100-meter dash was Jaliel Green (11.81 seconds) and Domonic Tillman was fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (19.03 seconds).

Spencer added a win in the shot put, launching his final throw to a distance of 41 feet, 9 inches. 

Tyrene Stanback picked up the other individual event victory in the long jump, besting second-place teammate Ahaiver McDonald (19 feet, 0 inches) with a mark of 19 feet, 2 inches.


The Raiders’ 4×100-meter relay team, made up of Keonta Pegues, Coleman, Green and Spencer, took first in its race. The four Raiders made the lap around the track in 44.37 seconds.

Other second-place finishers were Martin in the 300-meter hurdles (45.63 seconds) and McDonald in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches). Stanback took third in the high jump with the same height but more attempts.

Two other relay teams brought home second place — the 4×200-meter team and the 4×800-meter group.

In the 4×200 race, Pegues, Stanback, Linden Garcia and Travion Smith clocked in at 1:38.34. Jemell Bingham, Luke McCormick, Kodie Simmons and James Coicou paced the 4×800 team to a time of 10:06.88.

Tillman and Emerson Wall took third and fourth place, respectively, in the triple jump. Landing at 38 feet, 3 inches was Tillman, followed by Wall’s 37 feet, 8 inches.

Also going three and four in the shot put for Richmond were Urijah McDonald (39 feet, 0 inches) and Damon Bryant (37 feet, 3 inches).

Rounding out the Raiders’ top-four finishers were Garcia in the 200-meter dash (24.65 seconds) and Ali Tyson in the 300-meter hurdles (49.81 seconds).

Richmond will host its first of two meets this season on Thursday. Also competing will be SAC teams Hoke County and Southern Lee high schools, starting 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.