Alexander, Ward among 6 headed to track state championships

By Leon Hargrove Jr. -

WILMINGTON — Six athletes from the Richmond Senior track and field teams will be representing the school at the 4A State Championships after top-notch performances this past weekend.

Kennedy Alexander, Sahmad Anderson, Jaleen Baldwin, Jayvon Boyer, Shane Summey and Magic Ward all finished in the top four of their respective events at the 4A Regional competition at Hoggard High School on Saturday.

Alexander was the only Lady Raider to advance from the girls squad, as she high jumped the 4-foot, 10-inch bar in order to place fourth behind Jada Griffin (Overhills), Autumn James (New Hanover) and Caster Braswell (J.H. Rose).

Boyer came in fourth in the 200-meter dash, Summey finished third in the 300-meter hurdles and Ward topped all competitors in the 110-meter hurdles. Boyer and Ward were also members of the boys 4x100m relay team, along with Anderson and Baldwin, that ran a 43.32 to place third.

Saturday’s results are similar to how things shaped out for Richmond’s boys and girls teams when they competed in the SEC Championship meet at UNC Pembroke three weeks ago.

There, Ward won his second straight conference championship in the 110m hurdles and Alexander picked up her first-ever conference title in the high jump. The boys 4x100m team also came in first at the meet.

Mya Holiday — who won the SEC title in the triple jump — just missed qualifying for the state championship meet, finishing sixth place in the triple jump at Regionals. The senior also came in eighth in the 100m hurdles, behind temmate Taliah Wall who placed sixth.

Although they didn’t advance past the regional stage, all four Lady Raiders relay teams finished in the top 10. The 4x100m team (Nyesia Covington, Monasia Kearns, Harmony Jones, Wall) recorded the highest finish with its time of 50.95 seconds — which was good enough for sixth place.

Richmond’s 4x200m team (Maddisyn Diggs, Dymond McNeal, Jones, Kearns) finished seventh, the 4x800m team (Aieral Brown, Tyra Strong, Brianauna Wall, McNeal) came in eighth and the 4x400m team (Brown, McNeal, Strong, Brianauna Wall) placed ninth.

The 4A State Championships will take place Friday at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.

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By Leon Hargrove Jr.

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