ROCKINGHAM — In was six years in the making, but it finally happened.
Richmond Senior had the first-place finishers in both the boys and girls cross country race for the first time under the coach Reggie Miller.
Brandon Silva edged teammate Wells Griffin by six seconds to win the boys three-team Southeastern Conference meet with Hoke and Purnell Swett Tuesday afternoon at Hinson lake. Cameron Hudson cruised to a 31-second victory over Hoke’s Summer Thompson on the girls side.
“It was the first time I had a boy and girl win on the same day,” Miller said. “It was the cream in the coffee today.”
Richmond had five of the top 10 finishers in the boys meet to pull away for the team victory. The Raiders finished with 21 points, the Rams were second with 49 and the Bucks totaled 54.
Silva, who led wire to wire in his first cross country meet, said it was his strategy to get out to a quick start. Silva finished in a time of 18:41.
“I thought it would take too much energy to pass someone and not be able to sprint at the finish,” Silva said. “I wanted to sprint and get a five- to 10-yard lead at the beginning. I was pretty nervous, but I just did what the coach told me to do and run.”
Richmond’s Zac Paul was third with a time of 19:53, edging Purnell Swett’s Cody Harris. Cristian Garza was Hoke’s top finishing, coming in fifth at 20:02.
Despite Hudson’s top finish, Richmond was edged by Hoke by a point in the girls meet. Purnell Swett only had one runner and did not have a team score.
Hudson clocked in with a time of 24:26. Summer Moore was third for the Raiders at 26:29. Breanna Daley was fifth at 27:40.
“It was a good showing for the first race,” Miller said. “The kids did a pretty good job and no one got hurt. I’m looking forward to racing against Hoke again next week.”
Richmond will travel to Raeford 5 p.m. Tuesday in another SEC three-team meet with Hoke and Lumberton.
Raiders extend streak to 4
MARSHVILLE — After losing its first two matches of the year, the Richmond Senior volleyball team is on a tear.
Richmond extended its winning streak to four with a 17-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Forest Hills Tuesday evening.
“We started off a little slow and sluggish, but we came back and stepped it up,” Richmond coach Shellie Wimpey said.
Hailey Mason had 12 kills for the Raiders (4-2). Nile Fisher added 11. Doodle Jacobs finished with 10 aces in the match and Davina LeGrande notched seven.
Richmond will play host to Jack Britt 6 p.m. today before opening Southeastern Conference play at home against Hoke Thursday.
In the junior varsity contest, Richmond swept Forest Hills.
Purnell Swett sweeps Richmond
PEMBROKE — The Richmond Senior girls tennis team dropped its second straight Southeastern Conference match to open the season.
Purnell Swett cruised to a 9-0 victory over Richmond Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders (0-2) only were able to win one set in the loss. Nikana Oxendine defeated Richmond’s McKenzie Grimes 6-1, 3-6, 10-7 in the No. 2 singles match.
Kali Strickland blanked Kenzie Ransom 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1. Genna Locklear beat Meredith McLean in the third singles match by the same score. Mary Scott downed Olivia Haley 6-3, 6-2. Brook Huggins knocked off Erica Rich 6-4, 6-3 and Sarah Locklear stopped Destiny Buie 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles, Strickland and Scott combined to beat Ransom and Grimes 8-2. Genna Locklear and Oxendine defeated McLean and Rich 8-3. Myla Clark and Huggins edged Blair Simmons and Haley 8-6.
“We beat ourselves mentally today,” Richmond coach Allie Goodman said. “I talked to the girls and they said they had a lot of mental blocks.”
Richmond will return to action 4 p.m. Thursday when it travels to SEC foe Lumberton.
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