Kayla Richardson

  • Kayla
  • Richardson

  • Event
    Distance
  • Class
    Sophomore
  • High School/Other
    Blacksburg
  • Hometown
    Blacksburg, Va.

Updated: May 18, 2018

2018 outdoor: Placed 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:50.51 at the ACC Outdoor Championships ... Posted a time of 4:53.70 in the 1,500-meter run at the National Relay Championships … Finished fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Duke Invitational with a time of 10:48.61 … Turned in a time of 4:36.26 in the 1,500-meter run at the Tennessee Relays … Also competed on the 4x800-meter relay team that finished third with a time of 9:04.25 … Kicked off the season at the Raleigh Relays, finishing the 10,000-meter run with a time of 34.59.15 …

2018 indoor: Competed in the 5,000-meter run at the ACC Championships, completing the race with a time of 17:59.15 … Finished the 5,000-meter run at the Music City Challenge with a time of 16:46.03 … Turned in a time of 9:50.29 in the 3,000-meter run at the Camel City Invitational … Set a new personal record in the 1,000-meter run at the Liberty Kickoff 2018 with a time of 2:53.24 to place sixth … Began the year at the Keydet Invitational, posting a mile time of 5:02.36 to place ninth.

2017 outdoor: Competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, placing 44th ... Earned second-team All-ACC honors following her fourth-place finish in the steeplechase at the ACC Championships, crossing the finish line in 10 minutes, 11.89 seconds for a career-best mark - also good enough for third on Tech's all-time list ... Placed third in the 5,000 at the Tennessee Relays, finishing with a personal-best time of 16:50.00 ... Earned a seventh-place finish in the steeplechase at the Virginia Challenge, clocking a time of 10:29.85 ... Made her outdoor debut at High Point's VertKlasse Meeting, placing second overall in the 1,500 with a career-best time of 4:32.76.

2017 indoor: Earned a top-15 finish in the mile at the ACC Championships, crossing the finish line in 4 minutes, 51.32 seconds … Also recorded a career-best time of 9:38.32 in the 3,000 at the conference meet, placing 13th overall – good enough for 10th on Tech’s all-time list … Ran the 3,000 at the Music City Challenge, placing ninth overall ... Claimed a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter race at the Camel City Invitational with a time of 9:42.74 ... Was ninth in the mile at the Hokie Invitational with a lifetime-best time of 4:57.64 … Came in sixth in the 1,000 at the Virginia Tech Invitational with a time of 2:54.75.

High school: Earned four letters in cross country, indoor and outdoor track at Blacksburg under coach James DeMarco … A three-time All-Group 3A choice in cross country … Helped her high school team to state championships in cross country during her junior and senior years … Won three state titles as a senior during the outdoor track season, helping her team to a second-place finish at the Group 3A state meet … Won individual state titles in the 800-meter run and 1,600-meter run and was part of the state championship-winning 4x800-meter relay team … Also won the 800 as a junior … Was the state runner-up in the 500 as a senior during the indoor season … Was part of the 4x400-meter relay team that won the state title during the indoor season of her senior year … Earned All-Group 3A honors as a junior and a senior in the 500 during the indoor season … Earned All-Group 3A honors in four events during the outdoor season in both her junior and senior season … Holds a personal best of 2:14.16 in the 800.

Personal: Born Nov. 8, 1997 … Daughter of Michael and Patricia Richardson … Has two siblings, Dan and Alison … Alison ran track at William & Mary … Majoring in general engineering.

Richardson's Track and Field Career Bests

Indoor Outdoor

1,000m - 2:53.24, Liberty Kickoff (2018)

3,000m - 9:38.32, ACC Championships (2017)

Mile - 4:57.64, Hokie Invitational (2017)

5,000m - 16:46.03, Music City Challenge (2018)

1,500m - 4:32.76, High Point VertKlasse Meeting (2017)

5,000m - 16:50.00, Tennessee Relays (2017)

3,000 steeplechase - 10:11.89, ACC Championships (2017)

10,000m – 34:59.15, Raleigh Relays (2018)