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Richmond Cross Country Finishes 2nd on Senior Night

Sophomore Ariel Brown (right) runs in front of senior teammate Shelby Matheson Tuesday at Hinson Lake in Rockingham.
Photo courtesy of Matt Harrelson.

ROCKINGHAM – Tuesday’s home boys and girls cross country meet at Hinson Lake began with Richmond’s seniors being recognized at “senior night, taking pictures with their families and being receiving flowers. But it was Richmond Senior High School’s underclassmen who stole the show against Jack Britt, Purnell Swett and Lumberton high schools.

Junior Zachariah Hamilton set the pace for the Richmond boys team, finishing second in the 3.1 mile race with a time of 18:45, two spots higher than his previous conference finish at Pinecrest last week. Senior Brandon Silva came in sixth overall with his time of 19:30, almost a full minute slower than his last race. Silva, however, left immediately after the meet after getting sick.

Sophomore Joseph Nicholson and seniors Melvin Socona and Kristopher Spivey rounded out the boys top five.

In the girls race, Ariel Brown, much like her male counterpart, came in second with a time of 24:50 after finishing first against the Pinecrest Patriots on Thursday. Seniors Shelby Matheson and Tyra Strong, along with freshman Gracelyn Weatherford, all finished in the top 10 in fourth, ninth and 10th places, respectively.

With three races in six days (Richmond also participated in the Pfiffer Invitational Saturday) head coach Reggie Miller was proud to see his teams keep fighting.

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“I think our kids did, overall, pretty good. Being that we had three races in six days, that is a lot,” said Miller. “I told them coming in that Jack Britt was a veteran team. I told them they were a pretty good team, and when they come, they were going to be ready to run. But our kids have no quit in them, and they do not give up.”

Miller said he’s excited to see how his team will respond with just over a month to go in the season. Matheson, who has been running cross country all four years, said personally it’s about staying motivated and making All-Conference. As a leader, it’s also about keeping the team motivated through conference meets.

“We have a really small team, but we are really good. We are better than I thought we were going be,” Matheson said. “Our competition is Jack Britt and Pinecrest, but we did really well against Jack Britt today.”

Richmond’s boys and girls cross country will get a well-deserved break, as they will have a week off before traveling to Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville to face Seventy-First High School Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

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