Reanda Richards saw her stellar freshman campaign come to a close Saturday night after finishing in fourth place of the 400m hurdle final at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Richards ran a time of 56.42, which was 0.45 seconds faster than her semifinal effort on Thursday. However, it wasn’t enough to threaten victory, as USC’s junior Anna Cockrell won the title with a time of 55.23. Colorado’s senior Gabby Scott was second with a time of 56.04 and LSU’s junior Brittley Humphrey in 56.11 finished in third place. Here are the complete results of the race:
NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400m Finals
Anna Cockrell – USC - 55.232
Gabby Scott – Colorado - 56.043
Brittley Humphrey – LSU - 56.114
Reanda Richards – 56.425
Brenna Porter – BYU – 57.266
Jurnee Woodward – LSU – 57.487
Darhian Mills – Washington – 57.768
Samantha Gonzalez – Miami – 58.43
Even despite not medaling, Richards ends her rookie season in impressive fashion. She became a First Team All-American after Saturday’s result, after having already won the Big Ten title & NCAA East Regional, as well as six titles overall. Her time two weeks ago to win the Regional was 56.31 was her personal best and second fastest in the country up to that point.
Richards became the first Rutgers women’s track and field athlete to earn All-American status since Gabrielle Farquharson in 2016, who did so in the long jump (First Team, as well as 100m and 200m (Second Team in both).
The future is bright for Richards, who seems a lock to be one of the favorites to win the national title next season in the 400m hurdles. Congratulations to her on a fantastic freshman season.