ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Senior boys track team sent two of its relay teams to the 4A state meet and one of its runners competed in two events.
And Richmond just missed by .03 seconds of bringing home a relay championship.
In the 4x200 relay, Richmond’s Jayvon Boyer received the baton from Gus Chambers for the anchor leg trailing Butler’s Chuka Soronadi by nearly 10 meters. With every step, Boyer slowly began to chip away at the deficit.
As the finish line inched closer and closer, it appeared as if Boyer had built enough momentum to overtake Soronadi. Just as the pair reached the line, Soronadi lunged ahead for the victory. Boyer and his teammates — Isaiah Brewington, Travis Newton and Chambers — settled for second.
“I wish I had a little more time,” Boyer said after the race.
The quartet had another opportunity for another title later in the day in the 4x100 relay.
Once again, Richmond and Butler were fighting it out at the finish line. This time it was for second.
Anthony Ratliff (Butler’s starting quarterback) edged Newton at the stripe as Butler posted a time of 41.86 to Richmond’s 41.95. Mallard Creek claimed the championship, clocking in at 41.48.
“(My start) could have been better,” Chambers said. “I don’t like finishing third.”
In addition to competing in the relay events, Newton qualified in both the 100 and 200. Newton was forced to run his preliminary 100 heat twice because another runner fell during the race, causing the rest of the field to stop believing it was a false start.
Newton advanced to the final grouping in both events and finished fifth in the 100 in a time of 11.05. Mallard Creek’s Quashawn Cunningham took the title with a time of 10.61.
After resting between relay events and the 100, Newton returned to the track to compete in the 200. Newton believed the 200 was his best opportunity to win an individual title.
Newton finished third in the final heat in a time of 21.92, but took overall as Scotland’s Jalen Tyson posted a time of 21.89 in the first heat.
Editor’s note - This is the third of a five-part series looking at last year’s top sports stories from Richmond Senior.
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