ROCKINGHAM — For the second consecutive season, the Official Richmond County Male Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by HWY 55, has been awarded to a relay team.
Seniors Taye Spencer and Jamarion Bryant, along with sophomore Aaron Coleman and freshman Keonta Pegues, earned the recognition following their performance as the Sandhills Athletic Conference champions in the 4×100-meter relay.
Spencer and Coleman have each been recognized individually once before, while this is the first career nod for Bryant and Pegues.
Spring Sport: Track & Field
Event: 4×100 relay team
Legs: Pegues, Coleman, Bryant, Spencer
Experience: 1 year (together)
“CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS” WITH THE 4×100 RELAY TEAM
One of seven teams in contention during the SAC championship meet held at Pinecrest High School, Richmond was third overall with 100 points.
Winning conference crowns in two events, the Raiders took home first in the 4×100-meter relay and the 300-meter hurdles.
With Pegues starting out of the blocks, he passed the baton to Coleman at the first turn. That was followed by Bryant rounding the second turn and Spencer turning on the jets in the anchor position for the win.
Richmond’s four runners made the lap around the track in 42.71 seconds, coasting to a conference title ahead of runner-up Pinecrest (43.53 seconds).
Coleman won the 300-meter hurdles championship with a time of 41.46 seconds, just ahead of Caleb Milton of Union Pines High School (41.95 seconds). He also took third in the 100-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles.
Spencer helped bring home points with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. He clocked in with times of 11.21 seconds and 23.19 seconds, respectively, and placed fourth in the shot put (41 feet, 5 inches).
Pegues continued his impressive freshman season with a top-10 time in the open 100, taking seventh overall.
The Raiders will now prepare for the NCHSAA 4A Mideast regional championship, which will be held at Green Level High School on Saturday.
RAPID RESPONSES VIDEO WITH THE 4×100 RELAY TEAM
Hear from all four members of the Raiders’ 4×100-meter relay team as they discuss their SAC championship and preparation for the upcoming 4A Mideast regionals. They also answer which of them they think is the fastest.
The Richmond Observer will publish two more Official Richmond County Student-Athletes of the Week next week.