"We have a young indoor track team but I am proud of how well these kids
competed," said Richmond track and field coach Derrick Watkins.
In order to advance to the Indoor Track State Championship Meet held at the Reid Ross Classical Track in Fayetteville, participants must meet the state qualifying standards. Shaun Bloomfield, a Richmond junior, is only one second from the state qualifying mark in the 300 meter dash.
On Saturday, Bloomfield ran a 37.02. He needs to run a 35.9 to meet the state standard.
While junior Sayoun Flowers placed third in the shot put with a
throw of 40 feet 11 inches, he scratched on a throw of 45-3, which would have qualified him for the state meet.
Newcomers to the Raider track team include freshmen: Elijah Goodwin, Tafaree Rose, Brianna Ingram and Shantiqua Wall, who all competed in the 55-meter dash.
"I am especially proud of how hard these freshmen have worked all season
sticking with it, through practices and cancelled meets,” Watkins added. “Due to weather, January has been a rough month for us, because our team has missed opportunities to qualify because of Saturday makeup school days and meet cancellations."
However, Watkins remains confident some of his athletes will be at the state meet.
"I am sure after some fine tuning of our technique and race running strategies, a few of our indoor track participants can qualify for the State competition," Watkins said.
Richmond is back in action today in Hope Mills at Southview High School for
their Polar Bear Meet.