ROCKINGHAM — There will be a strong Richmond Senior presence during Saturday's 4A East Region track meet at Hoggard.
Especially during the relay events.
Richmond will send its boys 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams as well as its girls 4x100, 4x200 and 4x00 teams to the event.
“We are expecting to run hard and try our best,” said Isaiah Brewington, a member of the boys 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. “The big thing is our chemistry and making sure we get good handoffs.”
Richmond has a good chance to advance its boys 4x100 and 4x200 squads to the state meet next weekend at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro.
The Raiders' 4x200 team posted the second best time in the region this season, clocking in at 1:28. Only South Central was better with a time of 1:27.8.
The 4x100 team was third-best with a time of 42.43. South View recorded a time of 42.23 and will be the favorite.
On the girls side, Richmond had the fifth-best time in the 4x100 relay at 51.18. Southeastern Conference foe Hoke posted the fastest time of 48.84. The Raiders were sixth in the region in the 4x200, clocking in at 1:47.26. Once again Hoke was tops, at 1:43.8. The 4x800 team was 11th with a time of 11:09.
Despite also qualifying in the 100-meter hurdles, Bri David said she is more focused on the 4x100 and 4x200.
“In the hurdles it's just me, but in the relay I have three other girls relying on me,” David said. “It's 10 times more pressure because if I mess up than I messed up the other three girls.”
David will be one of 12 Richmond participants that plans on compete in multiple events Saturday. Travis Newton, Jayvon Boyer and Brewington will be involved in the 100, 200, 4x100 and 4x200 events. Gus Chambers will be a member of the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Bre Everette will run in the 200 as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. Asiana Douglas qualified in the 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Shay McDonald will run in the 4x100, 4x200 and do the long jump.
Daesha Everette will participate in the discus and shot put. Bre West will compete in the 4x1 and 4x200. Tyler York qualified in the long and triple jumps and Erran Greene will run in the 400 as well as on the 4x400 relay team.
Auman falls in quarterfinals
RALEIGH — Before Thursday's start of the 4A state tennis tournament, Richmond Senior's Colt Auman said he would be surprised if he made it past the first round.
Well he shocked himself.
Auman defeated South Mecklenburg's Grant Patton 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round to advance to the quarterfinals at Millbrook Exchange Park in Raleigh.
“I was relieved,” Auman said. “And I beat my dad's and brother's record.”
Chris Auman, Colt's father, qualified in doubles when he played at Richmond but lost in the first round. Alex, Colt's brother, made it to the state tournament in singles as a junior, losing in the first round. The following year the Auman brothers advanced in doubles, also falling in their opening match.
In the quarterfinals, Auman faced the Midwest Region champion Bennett Crane from R.J. Reynolds. Crane knocked out Auman 6-1, 6-0.
Auman said he was slowed by a lingering leg injury he suffered in the dual team playoff matchup with East Chapel Hill on May 1.
“My whole body was sore and I had some cramping after the match Thursday,” Auman said. “I was OK on Friday (on the first day of regional) and on Saturday it came back. Today it was my right hamstring that was giving me problems.
“I finished in the Top 8 in the state. I'm fine with it.”
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