Kayla Richardson again took down the Philippine Record after having broken it just a week ago. Richardson finished second in heat 2 at the very famous Mt. Sac Relays at Mt. San Antonio.
Running for USC Richardson time of 53.81, broke her own Philippine Record and Junior Record. 54.06 set at Lousianna Battle of the Bayou on April 8. Richardson. While Brianny Guillory of Iowa had the fastest time in the meet and won Kayla’s heat in 52.89. Kayla is coached by Carol Gilbert and Quincy Watts at USC.
While for SEA Games Kayla has hit the standard in the 100m being the defending champion, in the 200m being the silver medalist and in the 400m exceeding the bronze medal of 2015 SEA Games (54.26). However she is looking at running in the Philippines in June. Vietnam’s Thi Huyen won the 400m in 52.00 with Quach Thi Lan second in 52.52.
Also another Filipino-American athlete who is seeking a Filipino passport Timarya Baynard, 19 clocked 54.11, to place third in the same heat. While Baynard was the National Open 400m Champion in 2016 representing the Philippine Airforce Alliance. Baynard’s time was the second fastest ever time by a Filipina. Baynard also exceeded the SEA Games bronze of 54.26.