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Several Raiders, Lady Raiders qualify for Regionals; Covington named SAC's top athlete

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ROSports File Photo: Jakerra Covington was named the SAC's "Athlete of the Year" during the SAC Championship on Wednesday. ROSports File Photo: Jakerra Covington was named the SAC's "Athlete of the Year" during the SAC Championship on Wednesday. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

PEMBROKE — Several Richmond Senior High School track and field athletes punched their ticket to the 4A Mideast Regional during Wednesday’s Sandhills Athletic Conference championship meet.

Held at UNC-Pembroke, the Lady Raiders placed second overall with 129 points, while the Raiders finished with 36.5 points in sixth place.

Pinecrest High School’s boys’ and girls’ teams claimed the SAC championship, respectively, finishing with 232 and 186.5 points.

Leading the charge for the Lady Raiders was senior Jakerra Covington, who was named the SAC’s “Athlete of the Year.” A multi-event athlete for the Lady Raiders, Covington is signed to N.C. State University's track and field program.

“I am proud of these girls, they left it all on the track,” head coach Reggie Miller said. “We got points in every event that we competed in. The girls have nothing to be ashamed of.

“Congratulations to Jakerra,” he added. “She had to switch from running this year to all field events due to a slight injury and she excelled very well. She is an awesome athlete.”

According to Miller, the Lady Raiders who qualified for the 4A Mideast Regional are: Jakerra Covington, Isis Covington, Talayeh Covington, Andrea Ellerbe and Akeya Harrison. 

For the boys, it will be Tremel Jones, Jamarion Bryant, Emerson Wall, Kelay Lindsey and Cason Douglas.

In the 100-meter dash, Ellerbe placed fourth (12.84 seconds) and Isis Covington finished fifth (12.91 seconds). Isis Covington was also the top Lady Raider in the 200-meter dash, earning sixth place (27.65 seconds).

C’Nedra Hinson added some points to the board with her seventh-place mark in the 400-meter dash (1:09.56). 

Maylyn Wallace impressed in the distance events, taking second in the 1600-meter (6:00.69). She also placed fifth in the 800-meter race (2:45.46) and 3200-meter run (15:18.76).

In the 100-meter hurdles, Richmond’s Jay’da Williams took third (18.25 seconds) and Jamaya Bryant placed fifth (19.04 seconds). The two traded spots in the 300-meter hurdles, with Bryant taking third (53.85 seconds) and Williams placing fifth (57.33 seconds).

The Lady Raiders’ 4x100-meter relay team earned first overall with a time of 50.97 seconds, and the 4x200-meter relay team finished second (1:48.92).

Jakerra Covington won both the high jump (4’-10”) and the shot put (33’-0”), an event new to her this season. Aniyah Tanksley was fourth in the high jump (4’-4”) and Aalyiah Spencer took fifth in the shot put (26’-9”).

Rounding out the Lady Raiders’ top finishers were Janiya Blue in the long jump (15’-0”) and Honesty Horne in the discus (71’-3”).

“To Seniors Jamaya Bryant and Aalyiah Spencer, I am so proud of them because they are great athletes who ran for four years,” Miller said. “And they were part of the success that we built with the girls' team.”

In the boys’ 100-meter dash, Douglas took eighth place with a time of 11.21 seconds, followed by a third-place mark in the 200-meter dash (22.90 seconds). Lindsey finished 11th in the event (23.58 seconds).

Trey Thomas was the leading hurdler, taking fourth overall in the 110-meter hurdles (17.36 seconds). Wall placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles, clocking in at 46.37 seconds.

Richmond’s boys’ 4x200-meter relay team finished the race fifth overall (1:34.44).

C.J. Tillman threw his way to a third-place mark in the shot put, ending with a distance of 41’-5”. Ellerbe and Thomas finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the high jump, both clearing the bar at 5’-4”.

Wall finished fifth in the triple jump, leaping out to a distance of 41’-00.50”.

“We have regionals next Friday and we are going to take a couple of days to rest, and we will get back to work to compete to get to the state championships,” Miller closed.

The 4A Mideast Regional will be held at UNC-Pembroke on Friday, June 18.

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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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