Sha’Carri Richardson Wins 100-Meter Title at USATF Outdoor Championship
EUGENE, Ore. – Sha’Carri Richardson continues to show she is the best in the country after sending the USATF Outdoor Championships crowd in a frenzy on day two.
After starting the week off with what was a world-leading time of 10.71 seconds in the first round, Richardson followed up with a 10.75 performance in the semifinals on Thursday. Her two times were the fastest of the weekend heading into the final.
The loudest reactions of the week came when Richardson lined up for the final and when she eventually won the USA title moments later. She did not get out to a great start, but her time of 10.85 seconds was still faster than what any other American has ran in 2023. Her win and times will send her to Budapest to compete for Team USA in August.
The women’s 100-meter hurdle group got the day started for the Tigers on Friday. Tonea Marshall was up to bat first in heat one, clocking a time of 12.58 seconds (+0.4 m/s) to get the auto-qualification nod. In heat three Alia Armstrong took second in her heat to get the auto-qualification, and clocked a time of 12.80 seconds (-0.1 m/s). The two will compete in the semifinals at 8:02 p.m. CT on Saturday.
After a year off due to injury, Terrance Laird took 8th in the 100 at his first USATF Outdoor Championship on Friday. Laird clocked a time of 10.07 seconds in the first round, 10.13 seconds in the semifinals, and 10.18 seconds in the final. His weekend isn’t over as he will look to compete in the men’s 200-meter first round at 6:43 p.m. on Saturday.
Incoming freshman, Taylor Fingers, competed in the U20 portion of the USA Championships on Friday. She was able to take bronze in the girl’s triple jump after tying a personal-best distance of 12.74 meters (41′ 9.75″) on her final attempt. Last year Fingers took 8th in the U20 triple jump competition, improving by five spots this year. She will compete again this weekend in the U20 long jump on Saturday at 2:05 p.m.
Additional USA Outdoor Semifinal & Final Qualifiers
Shani’a Bellamy – 400mH – 55.57 (PR)
Cassandra Tate – 400mH – 55.40
Charlene Lipsey – 800m – 2:00.64
Michaela Rose – 800m – 2:00.39
Vernon Norwood – 400m – 44.43