It was a good day for a track meet and an even better one for Lawson Tuesday at the Hoot Middleton Invitational held on the Robert Middleton Track at Richmond High School.
The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals captured team titles in the 12-team field. The Lawson boys ended the day with 103.5 points, while Oak Grove placed second with 96, and Carrollton grabbed third with 64.5 points.
The Lawson Lady Cardinals’ margin of victory was a bit wider as they totaled 114 points, with Grain Valley finishing as the runner-up with 98. Odessa placed third with 85.33 points.
The Richmond Spartans had one first-place finisher, along with a second and a third as they took 10th overall with 37 points. Cody Gorham harvested the lone first-place medal for Richmond with his winning time of 4:51.37 in the 1,600 meters. He also had an eighth-place finish in the 800 meters with 2:15.49.
Arthur Bivines placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.38, while the winning time of 11.28 was turned in by Grain Valley’s Austin Embrock. Bivines was third in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 1 inch. His teammate D’Andre Williams finished fourth with a distance of 38-8.
The Spartans had two eighth-place finishes with Stephen Smith covering the 3,200 meters in 11:17, and the 4 x 800 relay team being timed in 9:22.03.
Three of the four Lady Spartan relay teams earned points to help Richmond finish eighth with 36.33 points.
The 4×800 group of Kaylie Root, Hannah Alpers, Savanna Nobile and Deanna Barger placed second with 10:49.10, with the 4×400 team of Alpers, Root, Hannah Todd and LaToya Johnson placing sixth in 4:43.
The 4×200 squad of Katie Spiers, Root, Jordan Kennedy and Johnson covered the distance with an eighth-place time of 2:02.06.
Richmond placed fourth in four events. Alpers ran the 1,600 meters in 6:06.22, with Barger covering the 3,200 meters in 13:52.9.
Amanda Powell ran the fourth-place time of 54.16 in the 300-meter hurdles, and Alyssa Bradley was fourth in the triple jump with 31-2 1/2.
She also tied for eighth in the high jump with a leap of 4-4, and Savanna Nobile placed sixth in the pole vault with a height of 6-9.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Amanda Powell clears a hurdle on her way to a fourth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)