Wood River High School graduate Rachael Richards of Bellevue will be facing another barrier tonight, Friday, capping her junior year competing in track and field for Principia College at Elsah, Ill.
Actually, the 2005 WRHS graduate and daughter of Tim and Kim Richards will face a tough test of 28 barriers and seven water jumps that make up the steeplechase event for young college athletes.
Richards will compete at 7 p.m. in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 NCAA Division 3 Track and Field Championships, to be staged at J.J. Keller Field in Titan Stadium at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, Wisc.
A record-setting track athlete and political science major at Principia, Richards set the school record of 10:49.90 this season—and that qualifying time for nationals will rank Richards 13th out of 18 starters when the gun goes off tonight.
Coming off a great volleyball campaign setting the ball for Principia, Richards has enjoyed an outstanding indoor and outdoor track season. She set another school record in the 3000m run (1:23.59) and moved into second place on the all-time Principia list in the 800m (2:22.99) and 1500m (4:46.79).
She also holds indoor school records in the mile, 800m and 1000m. Visit titans.uwosh.edu to catch up on her exploits.
As a Wood River senior, she placed third in the 3200m (11:58) and fourth in the 1600m (5:27.8) at the State 4A track and field meet May 19-20, 2005 in Boise.