“I don’t think I was expecting to get first place in the hurdles because there was someone else that was up there with me,” Richardson said of Princeton junior Joe Mitchell, who finished second in 16.06. “I guess I was just focused in today.”
Senior Cameron Elliott won the 400 dash in 51.90 with junior Brown Charlse second in 52.64.
Junior Jokell Brown won the shot put with a throw of 53-7 and junior Tywan January was third with 49-3¼.
The Wildcats’ 400 relay team also won, while the 800 relay team finished second.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who are sophomores, so this is actually their first year running track,” Davis said. “I call it a freshman team even though we’ve got a lot of sophomores. … I think we can do pretty well. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Springfield girls finished fourth overall with 53.2 points, finishing behind champion Centerville (93), Princeton (89) and Northmont (75).
The Wildcats were led by the 800 relay team’s second-place finish and freshman Michaela Stroder’s third in the long jump at 15-6.
In other boys highlights, senior Kendall Dolby finished second in the 100 dash in 11.67 and sophomore Anthony Brown was third in 11.68.
Junior TeSean Smoot finished third in the long jump at 19-4½. Junior Devin Stamper took third in the high jump at 5-9 and junior Delian Bradley was fourth in the 300 hurdles in 44.72.
The Wildcats have a strong sprint and field event tradition. This year’s group plans to keep it going. For Richardson, that means using what he learned from statequalifier and 2019 graduate Austin Tyree.
Tyree, the Wildcats’ record holder in the 300 hurdles, competes for Miami University.
“He helped me a lot in hurdles last year,” Richardson said. “That’s basically who I look after. I still communicate with him in the hurdles.
“Previous years we’ve had good classes. These classes coming up we’re trying hard to be just like them. We’re working hard and we’re ready to go to state.”