Sha’Carri Richardson Breaks Collegiate Record In Women’s 100 Meters

There will always be a collegiate record in the Women’s 100 Meters.

There will forever only be one Sha’Carri Richardson.

Richardson, a freshman from LSU, scorched the track on the final day of the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to the tune of 10.75, breaking a 30-year-old standard in the event by .03 seconds (Dawn Sowell of LSU, 10.78).

The freshman from Dallas, Texas, didn’t just make collegiate history, though.

She put herself among the best in WORLD HISTORY.

Richardson obliterated the former World U-20 record of 10.88 that had stood since 1977. It also moved Richardson into a tie as the ninth-best performer in the history of the event, regardless of age.

Not long after that, she returned to the track for the final of the 200, where she clocked the fifth fastest time in collegiate history in that event when she finished runner-up in 22.17 (+1.3). That also dipped under what had been a World U-20 record held by Allyson Felix since 2004 (Although Felix does have a superior mark on the list at 22.11 from 2003).

So when you combine those two performances with her anchoring the runner-up 4×100 relay team to open the meet, it gave her 20 points for the meet. That made Richardson the leading scorer for her gender and she became the first freshman to lead the meet in scoring since Ariana Washington did so for Oregon in 2016.