June 11, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. – Baylor sophomore Diamond Richardson was recognized as the women's outdoor track and field recipient of the NCAA Elite 88 Award on Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The Elite 88, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. It is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships.
Richardson, majoring in journalism, currently carries a 4.0 GPA. The DeSoto, Texas, native qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in both the individual 400 meters and the 4x100-meter relay. Richardson finished 19th overall with a time of 54.71 in the 400 meters, but the late-season addition to the 4x100-meter relay has sparked the crew to drop more than a half-second and reach the finals at the national meet. With the appearance in Saturday’s final, Richardson and her relay teammates will earn All-America honors.
Richardson joins teammate Jessica Ubanyionwu, who won the award at the NCAA Indoor Championships, and Baylor women’s basketball player Lindsay Palmer as recipients in the first year of existence for the award.
For the purposes of this award, GPAs are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency, with ties broken by the number of credits completed. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and competing at the championship.
For more information on the Elite 88 award winners, log on to www.NCAA.com/elite88.