By Thomas Sellers Jr.
GERMANTOWN — After receiving her High Jump medal last year in Murfreesboro, Millington Lady Trojan Kendra Richardson made a promise to herself.
She said she would return back for her senior year and not alone. On Friday morning Richardson’s teammates Marquisha Sanders, Leslie Valenbrun and Sierra Williams helped her keep that promise finishing with a time of one minute and 45 seconds in the 4×100 relay at Sectionals held at Houston High School. The time was good enough to land a spot in this week’s Class 3A State Tournament.
“I know now I don’t have to go by myself,” Richardson said. “I have a team behind me and we can actually work together to win.
“It gives people something to think about, Millington making a comeback,” she added. “It’s been a while since Millington been up there in relays. We’re back on the map. Now people have something to be worried about.”
The Lady Trojan relay team is composed of seniors Richardson, Williams and Valenbrun. The first leg of the relay is freshman Sanders.
Williams has been close in the past but with the run Friday she was able to finally break through.
“It feels great,” Williams said. “I feel accomplished making it there. In practice we work hard. We pray a lot. We just had the instinct to want to win today. That’s what inspired us today. Finally going out with a bang making it to State.”
Other Trojans heading to Murfreesboro this week are Trojans Demarius Curry and Devynn Brandon in the high jump. Both athletes hit a mark of 6’4 to qualify for this week’s State Meet.
The Millington Star coverage area also has Munford Lady Cougar Becca Lee making it to State in the dicsus after throwing more than 94 feet.
Several athtetes just missed out on reaching State like Munford’s Megan Wade in the 300m hurdles, Trojans 4x400m relay team members Chykia Christopher, Shirkira Townsend and Myesha Logan. Brighton junior sprinter Bryan Jones ran an 11.2 second 100m just missing by a hundredth of a second.
Millington sprinters like Earl King, Kip Fleming and Chris Sanders came close but missed out in the Curry was a part of those relays teams coming up short. But with the mark in the high jump he’s making the trip to Middle Tennessee State University.
“It feels good to be a junior and be able to go to the State for the first time,” he said. “My only real competition are seniors.”
Curry said his goal is to hit the 6’6 mark to insure a spot on the medal stand.
“You can’t have any days off,” he noted. “You have to keep pushing it at practice. For me it’s technique and jumping ability, with those I’ll do just fine. I have a good shot to make the medal stand.”
Williams said Curry and Marquisha making the trip will benefit the program for the future. She plans to make the most out of her stay in Murfreesboro with a good showing and teaching the younger Millington athletes to cherish the moment.
“This will push the younger girls to make it to State,” she concluded. “We hope this builds leadership in her to work hard and go to practice everyday.”