FAYETTEVILLE — Sophomore Aieral Brown won her fourth race of the season Tuesday afternoon and helped the Richmond girls cross country team finish in second place at a conference meet hosted by Seventy-First.
Brown posted a time of 22:22 in order to finish ahead of Hoke County’s Haleigh Grace, who got the best of her last season, by a full minute. Head coach Reggie Miller said the win boosted Brown’s spirits.
“That girl is happy,” head coach Reggie Miller said with a laugh. “Her confidence level is high and she’s coming into her own now.”
Although the Lady Raiders sat two runners, they were able to come in second place behind Jack Britt for the second week in a row. Hoke County and Seventy-First came in third and fourth places, respectively.
The boys team, who also witnessed at least one runners sit out, finished second behind Jack Britt as well. Junior Zachariah Hamilton came in 11th place to lead the way for the Raiders.
“We have some runners nursing injuries and there’s nothing you can do about it but rest them. They need it right now,” Miller said. “I believe it’ll help out in the long run.”
Both Richmond squads will run at Pinecrest next Tuesday, Oct. 3, and then compete in the Smithfield-Selma Invitational next Saturday, Oct. 7.
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