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Lady Raiders win opening SAC meet, Raiders take 3rd

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Sophomore Isis Covington approaches the finish line during her 100-meter dash win on Wednesday. Sophomore Isis Covington approaches the finish line during her 100-meter dash win on Wednesday. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

LAURINBURG — On Wednesday, Pate Stadium was the site of the first Sandhills Athletic Conference track and field meet since March 12, 2020, the same day the NCHSAA announced it was postponing high school athletics.


Like it did in that meet, the Richmond Senior High School girls’ team won the four-team event, while the Richmond boys’ team took third overall.

Competing against Scotland, Purnell Swett and Seventy-First high schools, the Lady Raiders collected 89 points in 15 scored events to earn the win. The Lady Scots were the next closest team, earning 35 points to take second overall.

Richmond’s boys scored 30 points, just behind second-place Purnell Swett (43 points). The Fighting Scots earned the meet win with 55 points in 14 events.

“A hot day turned into a great day for track and field,” head coach Reggie Miller said. “Both the boys and girls did a tremendous job. Even though the temperature was 85 degrees, both teams competed at a high level.  

“Our goal is to improve every day, and if we can do that, then success will take care of itself,” he added. “We are just happy that we are able to have a track season.” 

The Lady Raiders led the point total in sprints (27), hurdles (14), relays (20) and jumping (11).

Sophomore Isis Covington finished first in the 100-meter sprint, while fellow sophomore Andrea Ellerbe placed first in the 200-meter and 400-meter races. Jamaya Bryant swept the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles with two wins.

The girls’ 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams also topped the time sheet with first-place finishes, and junior Maylyn Wallace won the 1600-meter race. Jocelyn Hunter capped the top scoring with the farthest mark in the long jump. 

In the boys’ competition, the Raiders scored their most points in the hurdles events with 13 points. They also had six points in relays, and five points each in jumping and throwing events.

One of the top finishers for the Raiders was senior Bryan Stanback, who took first in the 100-meter hurdles and second in the 300-meter hurdles.  

Teammate and sophomore Emerson Wall was the first-place runner in the 300-meter hurdles, and also finished second in the long jump. Sophomore Jamarion Bryant raced to a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash.

Richmond’s 4x-200-meter relay team ended the afternoon with a second-place mark.

The Richmond track and field teams will return to action Wed., May 5, at Richmond against fellow SAC schools Lumberton, Pinecrest and Seventy-First. Events will begin at 4 p.m.

Head coach Reggie Miller provided race details to this article.

Kyle Pillar

Nine-time N.C. Press Association award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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