By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans grabbed a pair of individual first-place finishes, while the Lady Spartans had one winning relay team and individual during the Hoot Middleton Invitational held Tuesday at Spartan Stadium.
In addition to the two first-place showings, the Spartans also had a second- and a third-place finish the relays to tie Knob Noster for sixth place in the team standings with 48 points. Once again Oak Grove and Grain Valley battled for the top spot in the boys’ competition with the Panthers earning 130.5 points to get past defending champion Grain Valley’s total of 92.5. Lawson grabbed third spot with 63 points, followed by Holden with 63 and Odessa with 56.
After finishing second last year, the Lawson Lady Cardinals moved up to take first place this spring with 129.2 points, with Grain Valley taking second with 112.7 points. Defending champion Higginsville finished third with 92.5. Odessa placed fourth with 80 points, while Richmond’s 65.2 points put the Lady Spartans in fifth in the 11-team field.
The Spartans’ individual wins came in field events. Tevin Robinson captured the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 10 inches, to earn the gold. His distance was 4 inches ahead of runner Ty Cox of Lawson, while Spartan teammate Seth Gant took sixth with 18-0. Lendarrius Pritchett won the triple jump with a leap of 41-8. Oak Grove’s Jacob Stanley was a close second with 41-5 ½.
Richmond picked up 14 more points in a pair of relay events.
The complete story is in the Thursday, April 11, 2013 Richmond News.