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Several Lady Raiders nearly qualify for states at 4A Mideast regional championship

Akeya Harrison (top), Isis Covington (left) and Taylor Newton (right) all competed in the 4A Mideast regional for Richmond. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

CARY, N.C. — Several Lady Raiders were in contention during the NCHSAA 4A Mideast regional championship at Green Level High School over the weekend.

Despite a strong showing in a handful of events, none of the Richmond Senior High School participants qualified for the state championship meet.

Needing to place in the top four in each event to punch their tickets to states, the Lady Raiders secured five top-10 finishes and two top-12 marks.

Richmond’s best results during the regionals were in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, which both ended in a sixth-place finish.

Missing the cut for states by two spots, senior Isis Covington was sixth in the open 100. She crossed the finish line in 12.68 seconds, just 0.31 seconds away from qualifying. Winning the race was Jack Britt High School’s JaMeesia Ford (11.70 seconds).

Fellow senior Akeya Harrison was also sixth in the 200-meter sprint. Clocking in at 26.21 seconds, Harrison was just a little more than half a second away from going to states behind fourth-place runner Maya Southerland of Hillside High School (25.61 seconds).

Also running in the open 200 was Covington, who placed seventh overall with a time of 26.47 seconds.


The Lady Raiders’ 4×100-meter relay team brought home a seventh-place finish as well.

Richmond’s runners circled the lap around the track in 50.21 seconds. The qualifying time was 49.83 seconds and Hillsides’s winning time was 48.46 seconds.

Richmond’s other top-10 performance came from Harrison in the triple jump. She finished her first season competing in the event with a 10th-place jump of 33 feet, 4.5 inches.

Rounding out the Lady Raiders’ performances were Shadea Harrison in the discus (11th place, 84 feet, 5 inches) and the 4×200-meter relay team (12th, 1:49.33).

Completing both the 4×100 and 4×200 relays were Covington, Harrison, Tenaziah McNeil and Taylor Newton.

The 4A Mideast regional, which was won by Panther Creek High School (91.5 points), officially brought the Lady Raiders’ season to an end.

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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.