Richards takes National Champion title for Girls Track

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Senior Reanda Richards' jersey was officially retired by coach Anthony Emering after her first place win at Nationals.

Senior Reanda Richards' jersey was officially retired by coach Anthony Emering after her first place win at Nationals.

Dylan Lepre

Dylan Lepre

Senior Reanda Richards' jersey was officially retired by coach Anthony Emering after her first place win at Nationals.

By Chris Tsakonas, Managing Editor

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Senior Reanda Richards cemented her position in the West Essex record books with the No. 1 time in the country for 400m hurdles at the New Balance Nationals meet in Greensboro, N.C., on June 17. Richards finished with a time of 58.91 seconds, which is also a personal record.

To have such a prestigious title feels unreal,” Richards said, “and there’s no words to express how happy I am.”

Coach Anthony Emering lauded Richards’ accomplishment, emphasizing the amount of work needed to reach this high level.

“We had always hoped for good things, and we saw that Reanda was special in her work ethic and her willingness to learn,” Coach Emering said. “She was surrounded by some very supportive and exceptional teammates, so I think the climate was just right for her to thrive in.”

Richards beat out Adriana Shockley of Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, V.A. by 0.49 seconds.

With this national victory, Richards ends her high school track career on a high note, and her jersey will be retired and hung alongside other accomplished West Essex athletes. She will compete at the Division I level for Rutgers next year.

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Chris Tsakonas, Managing Editor & Special Projects Editor
Chris Tsakonas is the Managing and Special Projects Editor for the Wessex Wire. He has been on the Wire for 3 years. Chris has no social life or interests outside of the Wire. His entire day is devoted to the newspaper and absolutely nothing else.
Dylan Lepre, Editor-in-Chief
Dylan Lepre is the Editor-in-Chief for The Wessex Wire. He previously served as the Arts and Culture editor. He spends his time watching movies and trying to create his own. Seriously, he is really obsessed with movies. It's unhealthy. Fun Fact: He competed in the National History Bee and made it to the Regional Finals.
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