GREENSBORO — Magic Ward’s seventh-place finish was the highest of the four Richmond Senior track athletes who competed in an individual event last Friday.
Ward wasn’t able to dominate the 110-meter hurdles like he did so often throughout the season, but the senior did post a time of 15.72 seconds in order to finish in the top 10 at the NCHSAA 4A track and field state championships at North Carolina A&T State University.
Had he finished with the time he ran at the regionals competition (14.83), Ward would’ve came in third place behind Providence’s Cedric McGriff (14.25) and High Point Central’s Raymonte Dow (14.68).
Jayvon Boyer, Shane Summey and Kennedy Alexander also represented Richmond’s boys and girls track teams in an individual event at the state championships.
Alexander competed in the girls high jump, clearing the same height (4 feet, 10 inches) she did at regionals in order to finish 15th. The sophomore was crowned Southeastern Conference champion last month after tying a conference record — set by Piencrest’s Hannah Hensley in 2013 — when she cleared the 5-foot, 4-inch bar in Pembroke.
This was Alexander’s first year on the track.
“She qualified in the high jump at the very first meet and I knew something was special about her,” girls track coach Reggie Miller last month.
Boyer placed eighth with his time of 22.31 seconds in the 200-meter dash, which ended up being just a fraction behind Alexander Central’s Bryson Godfrey (22.30) in seventh place. The time Boyer ran was four-tenths of a second better than what he posted in regionals.
Summey’s 40.56-second performance in the 300-meter hurdles was good enough for 11th place. The junior finished 2.65 seconds behind state champion Dexter McDuffie (37.91), who’s a rising senior at South Central.
Richmond also saw its boys 4×100 meter relay team compete. Both Ward and Boyer joined forces with juniors Sahmad Anderson and Jaleen Baldwin, as they finished in eighth place with a time a 42.69 seconds — also an improvement from what they ran at regionals.
West Forsyth just escaped Mallard Creek in order to win the boys title, while Hillside edged Southeast Raleigh for the girls state championship.
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The Richmond senior boys and girls track and field teams sent six athletes to the NCHSAA 4A State Championship meet that was held at North Carolina A&T State University last Friday. Jaleen Baldwin, left, was a member of the boys 4×100 meter relay team that placed eighth with a time of 42.69 seconds.