GHS runner seeks sprint to Austin


The pain of sitting still was much worse than his hamstring injury last season, Granbury runner Chris Richardson said.

Richardson missed the district track meet as a junior because of the aforementioned injury. He had high hopes of reaching state following a narrow miss as a sophomore.

But now he’s back and running faster than ever before – in fact, he’s run faster than anyone at Granbury High ever has in the 200- and 400-meter dashes.

“I love track so much, it was painful to miss district last season,” he said. “I had close ties with some seniors.

“I cried.”

Healthy once again, Richardson will definitely be competing today and tomorrow in the District 7-4A Meet at Clark Stadium in Fort Worth.

In his first meet back following months of arduous resting of his hamstring, Richardson set a school record in the 400, clocking a 48.96 at Mineral Wells. He said he didn’t realize he was back to full strength until then.

“I shocked myself. I didn’t expect a fast time,” Richardson said. “My jaw dropped.

“I felt great at the first 200, so I wanted to see how fast I could go that second 200. I had energy to spare.”

Richardson said his performance at Mineral Wells helped him overcome the mental challenge that accompanies recovering from such an injury. A few weeks later he broke the school record in the 200, posting a 21.78 at Aledo.

“I already knew I could break it,” he said of the 200 mark. “Tuesday before the meet I ran a 21.75 when coach Scott timed us.”

Scott said Richardson’s times in the 200 and 400 have caught the attention of college coaches.

“He has speed, endurance and strength,” said Scott. “Combine that with his desire and work ethic and he will be someone to keep an eye on coming out of the regional track meet.”

Scott said Richardson is also an inspiration because of the strong way he has fought back.

“By coming back off the injury he had his junior year the way he has, it allowed the younger kids to see first-hand what determination and hard work will do,” he said.

Richardson often reflects on his days at Acton when he caught the attention of coach Dirk Suitt by running a sub-60 time in the 400 – in blue jeans. He’d never given the event much thought before.

“Every since coach Suitt has encouraged me. I think he saw what I could become,” said Richardson.

With his time as a Pirate near an end, Richardson said he’s thought a lot about his future. It will definitely be active.

“I’ve thought about being a coach, or even a police officer,” he said.

“I just know I couldn’t stand behind a cash register.”

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