Kayla Anise Richardson clocked a new personal best of 54.62 at the Trojan invite on March 18 on Los Angeles. Richardson who is studying at University of Southern California (USC) was third overall and won the second heat. Her team mate Imuel won the first heat clearly by 2 seconds in a new Norwegian record for 400m in 51.81. The time was a big improvement on Kayla 56.53 ran two years ago.
Richardson is the SEA Games Champion in 100m (17 years old at the time in 2015) and 200m silver medalist. Her coach and program head Carol Gilbert believes that the extra speed endurance work will set her up nicely for a fast 100 and 200 towards the time of the South East Asian Games in August in Kuala Lumpur. Gilbert also expects Kayla to run a high 52 seconds towards the end of the season.
54.62 is the 2nd fastest performance by a Filipina. With Fil-Canadian Zion Corrales-Nelson holding the national and national junior record at 54.18. Nelson is studying at California State University.
She also ran a very strong third leg on the 4×400 team at the same meet splitting 53.8.