Junior Emily Richards set to compete at 2017 United States National Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Junior Emily Richards set to compete at 2017 United States National Outdoor Track & Field Championships

By Caleb Scott

| USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships site |

ADA — Ohio Northern junior track All-American Emily Richards (Delaware/Hayes) is set to compete in the 2017 United States Outdoor National Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday, June 22.

After claiming National Championship titles in the 800 and 1,500-meter runs at the 2017 NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Richards competed in the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, Tenn.

During that meet, Richards broke her own Div. III record in the 800-meter run and automatically qualified for the USA National Meet, finishing the race in a school-record time of 2:00.62.

Richards enters the race 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.

The junior competes on Thursday, June 22 at 5:25 pm (8:25 EDT).