Women's Outdoor Track & Field: Emily Richards at USATF Outdoor Championships semifinals

Thurs.-Sun., June 22-25, 2017 - Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, Calif.

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Preview: Junior All-American Emily Richards (Delaware/Hayes) will compete in the semifinals of the women's 800-meter run 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships on Friday evening at 8:28 pm (11:28 EDT) at California State-Sacramento ... She advanced to the semis by finishing third in her heat in the first round on Thursday afternoon ... She fought 108-degree heat to automatically advance in 2:03.61 ... On Friday, there will be two 8-women heats with the top four finishers in each heat advancing to Sunday's finals at 5:06 pm (8:06 EDT) ... She will compete in Heat 1 and will start in Lane 8 ... Richards broke her own Div. III record in the 800-meter run and automatically qualified for the USA National Meet with a school-record time of 2:00.62 at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville on June 10 ... Richards entered the championships with the ninth fastest time in the country in the race and owns the second fastest time among collegiate athletes in the event ... She also ranks 28th in the world in the women's 800-meter run this year ... In the first round, Richards finished ahead of eight professional runners and collegiate runners from Stanford, Duke, Boise State, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Oregon and California-Davis ... She is only one of three collegiate runners to advance into the semifinals, joining 2017 NCAA Division I champion Raevyn Rogers of Oregon and NCAA Division I All-American Hanna Green of Virginia Tech ... Richards is a 5-time NCAA Division III Champion, winning the 800 three times and 1500 twice ... This season, she swept the 800 and 1500 titles both Indoors and Outdoors after winning the 800 crown Outdoors in 2016 ... She is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American and won the Ohio Athletic Conference Cross Country individual title in 2015. 

Head Coach Jason Maus: Maus is in his 8th season at ONU with a 317-137-3 outdoor record, a winning percentage of .697.