Richardson takes third title at U.S. long track meet
Make it three for three for High Point’s Heather Richardson.
Richardson won her third title in three days at the U.S. Long Track Championships, setting a national record in winning the 1,500 meters Sunday. Brian Hansen won the men’s race.
Richardson’s time of 1 minute, 53.84 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval lowered the old mark of 1:54.19 set by former Olympian Jennifer Rodriguez in 2009. She won the 500 on Friday with the fastest time in the world this year and claimed the 1,000 on Saturday, setting national records in both races.
“It’s just a confidence wave,” Richardson said. “My first one carried into the 1,000 and after the 1,000 I said to myself, ‘I only have one more race to go,’ so today I was just really working on my technique. When you don’t worry about that stuff, it just happens.”
Hansen won his first 1,500 national title in 1:44.96. Olympian Shani Davis was second at 1:46.55, and Joey Mantia took third in 1:47.13.
The results were a flip-flop of Saturday’s 1,000, when Davis won and Hansen finished second.
The meet ends today.