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Raiders win Timberwolf Invitational, lead field of 11 teams

Joined by coaches John Rich and Reggie Miller, members of the Raider track and field team pose with their first-place plaque. (Contributed photo).

TROY — The Richmond Senior High School boys’ track and field team brought home some hardware over the weekend.

The Raiders reigned supreme at the Timberwolf Invitational hosted by Montgomery Central High School on Saturday, topping the scoresheet of 11 schools for a team victory.

Collecting 131 points, the Raiders clinched first place over Union Pines High School, which finished second with 124 points.

Tallying four first-place finishes for a combined 40 points, the Raiders added three second-place marks (24 points), four third-place finishes (24 points) and a pair of fourth-place results (10 points).

Those performances accounted for 118 points, as the Raiders added their final 13 points with a spread of fifth through eighth-place finishes.

Richmond earned first and third place in three different events — the 110-meter hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump.

Sophomore Aaron Coleman led the field in the 110-meter hurdles, winning with a time of 16.01 seconds. Freshman teammate Domonic Tillman placed third in the race (17.81 seconds).

In the long jump, it was sophomore Nicholas Griggs who earned the top spot, launching himself out to a final distance of 19 feet, 5 inches. Senior Emerson Wall added six more points with a third-place jump of 19 feet, 3 inches.

Following his performance in the long jump, Wall won the triple jump. He made the hop, skip and jump and landed for a meet-best mark of 42 feet, 4 inches. Tillman took third place, landing at 40 feet, 2 inches.


Senior Taye Spencer accounted for the final event win of the meet, impressing in the shot put. The future Lenoir-Rhyne running back hurled his best throw to a distance of 43 feet, 5 inches.

The Raiders’ trio of second-place podium placements came in the 300-meter hurdles, the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay.

Coleman was second in the 300-hurdles, racing to a final time of 42.83 seconds, just 1.62 seconds behind winner Justin Blackston of Southern Guilford (41.21 seconds).

The 4×100-meter relay team completed the lap around the track in 43.64 seconds, only 0.29 seconds slower than Southern Guilford (43.35 seconds).

Picking up eight more points in the middle distance relay, the 4×400-meter team completed the mile run in 3:43.09. Winning the event was Southern Guilford (3:29.01).

Rounding out the Raiders’ four third-place finishes was the 4×800-meter relay team. Those four runners clocked in a 9:15.12, only 15.07 seconds behind winner Union Pines (9:00.05).

Securing fourth-place tallies and five points apiece were junior Tyrene Stanback and freshman Cameron Gladden.

Stanback cleared the bar in the high jump at 6 feet, while Gladden finished the 800-meter run in 2:17.99.

Richmond will compete in a Sandhills Athletic Conference meet on Thursday at Lee County High School. Richmond, Lee County and Scotland High School will all compete, 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.