Freshman phenom Sha'Carri Richardson from Dallas, Texas of LSU wowed watchers on Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by setting a collegiate record to take home the gold in the women’s 100-meter final. Knowing she had the title captured before crossing the finish line, she began to celebrate early by throwing her arms in the air with peace signs showing on both hands while she clocked a historic time of 10.75 seconds. If she ran through the line completely, we are sure she could have ran an even faster time. Earlier in the season, Sha'Carri went viral for a similar showing, celebrating through the finish line; it has sorta become her staple when she knows the race is in her grasp.
She said, “Coming into today, I never gave myself a time because I say, if you give yourself a goal, you limit yourself. As long as you expect greatness out of yourself, you’ll deliver greatness."
Richardson’s first-place time of 10.75, currently makes her the world leader in the event. The LSU athlete beat the previous collegiate record held by another LSU Tiger alum, Dawn Sowell that she set in 1989. Going into the race, Sha'Carri said that she didn’t expect to run that time, but the confidence she has in herself has carried her to performances that surprise her all the time.
“My mindset was just to execute my race the way I’ve been taught, the way I know I can and when I got out there. I just did what I could for myself and my team and my supporters and even the people that doubt me," she said.
To get an idea of how historic this run was, the 19-year-old’s performance destroyed the world junior record, the collegiate record, the school record, and the track record.
Not to be outdone, second place finisher, Kayla White of North Carolina A&T ran a personal best of 10.95.
After running the 100m dash, Richardson also had to compete in the 200m dash, where she had to take on the defending champion, Anglerne Annelus from USC. While she was not successful in taking her title, Annelus finished first with a time of 22.16, while Sha'Carri finished a hair behind for second place with a time of 22.17 seconds, which still set a junior world record for woman. Due to her first and second place finishes and their second place win the the 4x100m relay with Richardson as the anchor, the LSU girls finished 3rd overall in the outdoor championships.
What's next for Sha'Carri? does she go pro, or does she stay in school??? We are now waiting to see what she does with her talents.