SC State’s Richard Advances to NCAA

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. – SC State sprinter, Tyrell Richard, won his 400-meter heat in a time of 45.48 Friday to advance to the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track and Field Championship set for Eugene, Oregon Jun. 6-9, becoming the first Bulldog to earn a trip to the prestigious meet in 14 seasons.

The Georgetown, South Carolina sophomore, running in lane six, overtook the field in the final 150 meters, automatically qualifying for his chance at glory in Eugene where he will be among 24 student-athletes from across the nation vying for the 400-meter title.

“Tyrell’s reaching the NCAA Outdoor Championship is a milestone for our program,” said Bulldog head track Coach Tim Langford. “We did not accomplish many of the goals this season, however, it’s been a solid year for our program as Tyrell’s accomplishment comes on the heels of Demek Kemp qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championship and earning All-America honors. It’s significant that we have made it to both national track championships with two different athletes and two different events. This is something we can build on.”

Richard’s teammates, Demek Kemp and James Jones, failed to advance, however. Kemp, who earlier earned All-America honors in the 60 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championship, came up short in both the quarterfinals of the 100 meters and the 200 meters first round, while Jones was unable to qualify in the 110-meter hurdles first round. Richard also participated in the 200 meters but was unable to move on in that event.

Nevertheless, his performance in the 400 meters on Friday, means SC State will have a competitor at the NCAA Outdoor Championship for the first time since 2004 when pole-vaulter and Orangeburg native, Spencer Stephens, was a competitor.