June 27, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - Coming off her freshman year at Baylor, Diamond Richardson secured a spot in the 400-meter finals at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday afternoon. Richardson won her heat and recorded the fastest time in the preliminary round with a 54.07 to advance to Sunday's finals.
"I've never run on this track before, so I didn't know how it would go. But it felt really good," Richardson said. "I just tried to work on executing my race. Getting out the first 100, relaxing on the back stretch, working my arms on the second turn and kicking from there."
While Richardson was competing at the junior level, four current and former Baylor track athletes were trying to earn a spot in the finals of the USA Track and Field Championship being held simultaneously at Hayward Field.
Representing Southwest Sprinters, former Baylor Bear Jerome Miller finished fourth in his heat in the 110-meter hurdles, 13.51, to move on to the finals later Saturday night. Miller would go on the finish sixth in the finals with a season-best time of 13.41
Running in the same heat of the preliminary round of the men's 200-meter, Jeremy Wariner and 2009 NCAA Indoor National Champion Trey Harts both looked to advance to Sunday's semi-final round of 16. Wariner finished second with a time of 20.77, earning one of the two automatic qualifying spots for the next round. Harts was unable to advance, finishing sixth in heat one and 25th overall at 20.86.
After finishing 15th overall during Friday's 100-meter dash, Tiffany Townsend earned a spot in the semi-final round of the 200-meter dash. Townsend, a junior from Killeen, Texas, finished third in her heat and 11th fastest with a time of 23.06.
Also competing on Saturday was former Baylor Bear Lauren Hagans. Hagans finished 15th overall in the 1500-meter run, tallying a time of 4:17.05
The USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will wrap up with the fourth and final day on Sunday. Live video and results can be found at USATF.org. The finals will also be aired at 3 p.m. CDT on NBC.