Richardson Twins Move to Season Lead in Women’s Sprints

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The Richardson’s have quickly climbed back to the top of the Philippine Womens Ranking list in both sprints.

It was Kyla Richardson, 17 who recently snatched the season lead in the womens century Dash. After years of battling hamstring injuries. She finally improved on her 11.93 PB from 3 years ago with an 11.85 run to lead the CIF-SS Div 1 Qualifiers in Mission Viejo, California. Richardson moves from #10 to #7 on the all time Ranking Lists for Women. She even was able to beat her twin sister Kayla who is the SEA Games Champion and was in the other heat.

Richardson represented the Philippines in the 4×100 at the SEA Games, running the third leg but strained her hamstring which slowed her down significantly.

She also improved on her seasons best of 12.10 at Arcadia last month.

Richardson also finished 5th in CIF-SS 200m with a time of 24.57. Her PB of 24.12 was ran four years ago.

Kyla Richardson wins her heat

Kyla Richardson wins her heat

Also Running in the event was her twin sister and SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson who clocked 11.89 to qualify in second place at CIF-SS. Richardson who needs to run 23.20 to qualify for Olympics also clocked 24.15 to lead the qualifying in CIF-SS. Richardson had ran 24.09 at Norwalk last month, her PB is 23.67 which she ran during the heats of the SEA Games and ended up with the SEA Games Silver medal.

Kayla has until July 11 to hit the Olympic Qualifying standard.

Kayla

Kayla

Both the Richardson twins originally contacted and were assisted by Pinoyathletics and PSC through there father Jeff Richardson. They bypassed the 2013 SEA Games when they were 15, but then both participated in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games. The twins who are in the final year of high schoool, are both heading towards University of Southern California.

kayla relay

As defending champion Kayla has secured her spot for 2017 SEA Games, Kyla also with 11.85 was under the 11.88 bronze medal standard for the SEA Games.

For the World Junior (Under 20) Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland 19-24 July.  Performances much be achieved October 1, 2015 to July 11, 2016. The qualifying standards for Womens 100m is 11.80 and 24.20. As of now just Kayla has made that standard hitting it twice. According to the IAAF there is no standard for the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Full Results CIF-SS

Phiippines All Time Rankings Womens 100m Dash

1 11.28 0.9 Lydia De Vega-Mercardo
2 11.58 1.4 Princess Joy Griffey
3 11.61 1.4 Lerma Buluitan-Gabito
4 11.65 1.0 Kayla Anise Richardson
5 11.67 1.3 Elma Muros-Posadas
6 11.73 1.5 Rhoda Sinoro-Capistrano
7 11.85 0.0 Kyla Richardson
8 11.88 1.3 Elena Ganosa
9 11.90 0.5 Jenny Rose Rosales
10 11.93A Mona Coco Sulaiman
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