Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross will compete in the 400 meters
Sanya Richards is in her sixth season as a volunteer coach at Baylor after signing a professional contract after two years at the University of Texas.
Richards was named the 2009 World Athlete of the Year by the IAAF after winning the 400-meter world championship and holding the four fastest women's 400-meter times of the year. Richards ran a world-leading time of 48.83 in Brussels.
In 2008, Richards won the 400 meters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. At the Olympic Games in Beijing, she finished third in the 400 meters to earn the bronze medal. In addition, Richards anchored the women's 4x400-meter relay to a gold medal, passing Russia in the final straightaway to take first place.
Richards battled illness and injury for much of the 2007 outdoor season, but qualified for the World Championships in the 200 meters where she finished fifth overall with a time of 22.70. She also ran the anchor leg of the women's 4x400-meter relay that took gold with a time of 3:18.55.
In 2006, Richards was the silver medalist at the World Outdoor Championships with a time of 49.74 after winning the United State Championships with a time of 49.28. The race marked the first time three American women ran sub-50 in the same race. She also ran a personal-best and American record time of 48.70.
Richards was the third leg of the United States' gold-medal 4x400-meter relay at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, and finished sixth in the 400 meters after taking the silver medal at the U.S. Championships.
In her time at Texas, Richards won the 2004 indoor 400-meter title with a collegiate record time of 50.82 and ran on the 4x400-meter relay championship squad. She was also an All-American in the 200 meters indoors, finishing second, and the 400 meters outdoors, finishing third. She also claimed Big 12 Conference titles in the 100 and 200 meters indoors and the Midwest Regional title in the 400 meters. As a freshman, she took the U.S. Outdoor and NCAA outdoor 400-meter championships and ran on the Longhorns' indoor champion 4x400-meter relay. She also earned All-America honors by finishing second indoors in both the 200 and 400 meters and claimed Big 12 titles in the 60 and 200 meters indoors.
Richards, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, now resides in Austin, Texas.