By Tim Glon
ADA — Ohio Northern alum Emily Richards (Delaware/Hayes) is set to compete in the 2018 United States Outdoor National Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday, June 21.
The 9-time NCAA Division III Champion, 13-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American will be making her second appearance at the yearly American championships meet and will run the women's 800-meter run.
Richards enters the meet ranked fifth nationally and 48th in the world in the event with a season-best time of 2:00.67, which she ran at the Music City Classic in Nashville in June.
Last season, Richards reached the finals and finished eighth in 2:01.74.
She is the fastest collegian in the event among all divisions this season and owns the NCAA Division III record in the event with a 2:00.62 finish in 2017.
Richards graduated from Ohio Northern with a degree in chemistry this May.
She will compete in the first round on Thursday at 3:20 pm (2:20 EDT).