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Six Raiders record personal best times, continue to 'remain competitive'

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Sophomore Kodie Simmons, who recorded a new PR, approaches the final 400 meters of Richmond's race on Wednesday. Sophomore Kodie Simmons, who recorded a new PR, approaches the final 400 meters of Richmond's race on Wednesday. Deon Cranford — The Richmond Observer.

ROCKINGHAM — All seven of Richmond Senior High School’s male cross country runners recorded season-low times Wednesday, six of whom also notched new personal records.

Running on their home course for the second time in three days, the Raiders’ efforts landed them another third-place finish. Hosting Hoke County and Jack Britt high schools, Richmond recorded a team score of 54 points.

The Buccaneers took the top spot as a team with 23 points, taking first and second place and having all of their runners finish in the top nine. Hoke County just edged Richmond for second place (49 points).

Traversing the rolling hills and stretches of muddy terrain along the 3.2-mile course on Richmond’s campus, the Raiders showed individual and team growth, head coach Jessica Covington said.

“Having a meet on Monday and running again today, I was a little worried about how our times would be,” Covington said. “But the guys were geared up and ready today, which is a great feeling.

“All of the boys are improving so much and we had so many PRs today. That lets us know that we are going to remain competitive.”

For the fourth time in as many meets this season, senior Carson Jordan was the first Raider to cross the finish line in sixth place. A goal of his was dip below the 20-minute mark, and he recorded a season-low time of 19:58. His personal record was set last season (18:47).

Taking 1:17 off his time from Monday’s race was sophomore Bryan Morales, who was the first of six Richmond runners to secure a new PR. Morales came in eighth place with a time of 20:37, his first sub-21 time of his career.

“Within the first four races this season, my time has definitely improved,” Morales said. “Coach Covington has really pushed us to improve our strides and she’s really helped make me and the whole team better.

“Running here on Monday was harder because we didn’t know the course as well, but since this was the second race, we knew how to better run the hills and I think we did really well as a team.”

Senior Will Thompson and sophomore Kodie Simmons came in back-to-back in 12th and 13th place, respectively, both with new personal best times. 

Thompson recorded a new PR for the second time in as many races, taking eight seconds off for a new best of 21:38. Simmons shaved 27 seconds off his race time from Monday, ending his race in 21:55.

The final Raider to count toward the team’s point total was Kevin Dominguez, whose time of 22:51 was also a personal record. It was 21 seconds faster than his time in the season’s first meet and Dominguez clinched 15th place.

Rounding out Richmond’s fleet of seven runners were freshmen Chase McCormick and Samuel Hawks. The pair of freshmen also had PRs, with McCormick clocking in at 23:14 (18th) and Hawks right on his heels at 23:15 (19th).

“We have a lot of new runners this year who are helping the team do better,” Simmons said. “It feels great to have a new PR, I’m really proud of that. It’s good to see all of the other guys get new personal best times.

“Running at home makes all of us better because we want to record good times. And we like the terrain here because the hills force you to maintain strength and it’s a good mental test.”

Richmond will return to action next Wednesday at Jack Britt High School. The Raiders will compete against Jack Britt, Pinecrest and Scotland, with the race beginning at 2:40 p.m.

Kyle Pillar

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