Sha'Carri Richardson was just another freshman in 2015, but now, she's becoming a household name. Being an underclassmen hasn't phased the Dallas Carter sophomore: "No matter how old I am, my age doesn't mean anything to me." Richardson's wild season really took off at Texas Relays. She qualified for the 100m final in a then-PR of 11.74, but was then disqualified for a false start in the final.
Following the Texas Relays DQ, Richardson has been storming across Texas and national meets on the west coast. She had her breakout race at her Region meet with a 11.47 PR into a headwind. Her 23.48 (+1.0) in the 200m ranks U.S. No. 12.
U.S. sophomore star-turned-Asics pro Candace Hill has been an inspiration for Richardson.
"She inspired me to run harder...If she can do it, I can do it," Richardson said.
After winning the 4A 100m Texas state title, she traveled to New Mexico to prove she could contend with the best in the nation outside of the smaller division athletes in Texas. At the Great Southwest Classic, she had a huge leg on the Texas 4x100m to help carry them to victory. She followed that up with a second-place, U.S. No. 2, 11.34 (+1.9) 100m showing.
She continued her hot streak with a second-place finish at Brooks PR. After revealing she had been dealing with injuries through the early stages of the season, Richardson came away from that performance with a lot of confidence:
"I'm back. I'm here. and you're gonna know I'm here."
In her Brooks PR post-race interview, Richardson told MileSplit her 2016 summer goals are 11.1-11.0 in the 100m and 23.2-23.1 in the 200m.
Her message to track nation is simple:
"Look out, because I'm coming. I'm not done racing until I get where I want to be. Rest assured, you will hear more about Sha'Carri Richardson."