SANFORD — The Richmond Senior High School cheerleading team participated in the first of its three competitions this winter on Saturday.
The Lady Raiders finished second out of seven teams in the Sandhills Athletic Conference competition at Southern Lee High School.
Richmond recorded a total score of 216.7 points, which was a high point in the judges’ scoring. Pinecrest High School finished the day in first place.
With all 13 members of the team competing, seniors Cayden Hood and Sanajia Tillman were selected as Richmond’s two representatives for the All-SAC team.
Hood has been a collegiate cheerleader for four years and Tillman has spent the last three seasons on the collegiate roster.
Teams were judged on 11 different categories: Cheering, Expression and Showmanship, Moves, Jumps, Dance, Sportsmanship, Partner Stunts, Pyramids, Flow of Routine, Perfection of Skill and Overall Impact.
Richmond’s total scores were as follows: Cheers (24), Expression and Showmanship (24.5), Moves (21.5), Leaps (16), Dance (16), Sportsmanship (14), Partner Stunts (27) , Pyramids (14), Flow of Routine (14.5), Perfection of Skill (21.2), and Overall Impact (24).
“I thought the girls were great and they worked really hard,” said head coach Meredith Hood. “They did all their stunts, did a great job on their pyramid and represented Richmond really well.
“Cayden and Sanajia have been with us for a long time and have done really well all season. They’re both really good kids.”
The Lady Raiders, who just started their basketball cheer season on Friday, will fine-tune their routine for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state competition on Dec. 3.
Seniors Akira Jackson and Tatum Rhyne, as well as Abby Williams and Madisyn Locklear also talked about Saturday’s SAC competition. Watch their video interviews below.