It was a night of heavy ups and downs in Marion for the RHS track teams.
Richmond girls finished in 7th place in the conference with 38 points, beating out Muncie Central, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, and Marion. Richmond boys finished last in the conference.
The 4×800 meter relay team of junior Jennifer Lopez, senior Olivia Swonder, senior Elizabeth Weber, and sophomore Riley Wetzel scored the first points of the night with an eighth-place time of 12:13.30, beating the ninth-place team out by less than a second. The boys 4×800 meter relay team of senior Luis Vivanco, senior Derick Casiano, senior Tristan Kier, and junior Alec Snedigar followed this up with a seventh-place finish of 8:57.01.
In the 100 meter dash, only junior Jermayne Stanley came up with a scoring finish in second place with a time of 11.25 seconds, missing first place by .01 seconds. Stanley also pulled off an seventh-place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.38 seconds.
It was another banner night for senior Riley Austin. She tied for second place in the high jump at a height of 4’10”, second place in the long jump with a distance of 16’2.75″, and sixth place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.47 seconds. Senior Lindsey Griffin tied Austin for second in the high jump at 4’10” and finished eight in the long jump with a distance of 14’4.5″.
Junior Payton VanMiddlesworth also walked away with individual ribbons. She finished the night with a fifth-place ribbon in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.16 and in the 3200 meter run with a fourth-place time of 12:44.30.
Senior Kody Reece broke into scoring with a 53.64 second seventh-place finish in the 400 meter dash. Sophomore Riley Wetzel returned to score in the 800 meter run with a seventh-place time of 2:40.08.
The boys 4×400 meter relay of sophomore Vincent Narcisse, senior Derick Casiano, junior Julian Holguin, and senior Kody Reece broke into scoring alongside the rest of the teams in the second heat with an eighth-place finish of 3:39.60, edging out Indianapolis Arsenal Technical by .05 seconds.
In throwing, senior Colton Davis nabbed a seventh-place ribbon in the discus with a throw of 118’0″.
Heartbreak moments hit the Devils hard in the 4×100 meter dash. Both the boys and girls teams were right in the thick of it when both teams missed hand-offs due to early take-offs.