Richards 16th at Storied Penn Relays
Senior Steeplechaser Runs Against Nation's Best
PHILADELPHIA -- Senior Nathan Richards, the lone Eli to compete on the first day of the Penn Relays, did not race to his full potential by a long shot, but still managed to finish 16th in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the historic meet. The stacked field drew athletes from across the nation, including winner Andrew Poore from Indiana, who currently holds the fastest time in the NCAA.
Richards' time of 9:25.31 was significantly slower than his season-best of 9:05.08, which he ran at the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton. At that race, he beat out Princeton's Connor Martin by more than six seconds, but this time Martin got the better of Richards and finished seventh. Richards' personal-record time of 8:54.15 would have earned him third place in the race.
The Relays continue today, with ten more Bulldogs set to compete. Junior Mike Levine (discus) and sophomore Paul Chandler (pole vault) will compete individually, along with Yale's 4x200-meter, 4x400-meter and distance medley relay teams. The discus will be the first of those events, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and the 4x400-meter relay will be the last, starting at 5:15 p.m. Results will be available at www.thepennrelays.com and on www.yalebulldogs.com immediately afterward.
Report by Eian Katz '13, Yale Sports Publicity