Chris Richardson remembers walking into Mike A. Myers Stadium a few weeks ago for the Texas Relays and one thought hit him.
“I thought, ‘I’ve got to get back here for state,’” he said.
This weekend the Granbury High senior will return to that site for the 4A State Track and Field Meet, competing in the 400-meter dash.
“I love the track, it’s so smooth to run on,” said Richardson. “And the huge crowd gets me excited.”
Richardson is the first Granbury boy to compete at state since Brad Gardner finished fourth in the 300 hurdles in 2004.
Richardson qualified for state by finishing second in the 4A Region I Meet at McMurry University in Abilene. There, he beat his own school record by running a 48.57, leading for much of the race before being passed in the final five yards by Daniel Calderon of San Elizario.
Richardson enters state seeded sixth, but .76 seconds separates Nos. 2-6. He acknowledges that defending state champion Chris Platt of Willis, who ran a qualifying time of 47.01, is the favorite, but Richardson is only focused on himself.
“I want to win, and I’d love to get first – and you never know what might happen – but every runner’s goal should be to always get a new PR (personal record) each time out.
“It’s the last race of my high school career, I want to go out and run faster than I ever have, get a huge jump on my time, and walk away knowing it was the very best I could possibly do.”
There are no preliminaries at state, every event is finals only. Richardson said that will help him in his quest.
“In prelims you have to worry about getting a good enough time for the finals without spending yourself, but here I can go all out,” he said.
He said he also is focusing on what he calls his “finishing form” so as to not get passed at the finish line again.
“I guess you could call it cardio,” he said. “Yesterday I did 16 100s (100-yard dashes) at a 13-and-a-half-second pace. That’s pretty fast.
“If you train that energy system, you’re able to run longer over a period of time.”
Granbury coach Jodie Scott said Richardson’s workouts have been “grueling” with the thought of bringing home a medal and being clocked in the 47s.
“There is no way to describe how much Chris has done on his own,” said Scott. “Honest truth, Chris has learned to train and push himself further than any coach could have done.”
Scott also said more can come from state than a medal.
“Chris is definitely on the radar of more college coaches. After we get back from Austin, I would anticipate getting calls from numerous collegiate programs,” Scott said.
“I’m not committed to any colleges,” added Richardson. “A lot of coaches will be there, and it would be great to do well in front of them.”
Then he could run in a stadium such as the one he’ll be in this weekend all the time.
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