Richards Closes Track and Field Career at NCAA Championship
EUGENE, Ore. -- Outdoor captain Sean Richards (Skillman, N.J.) concluded his javelin career at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Wednesday evening at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Richards finished 22nd overall in the javelin with a top throw of 61.35m (201-03).
The outdoor captain received Honorable Mention All-American honors after finishing in the top 24.
Richards is the first javelin thrower to compete at the NCAA Championship since Jay Stell earned All-America accolades in the event in 2016.
"We came into the meet thinking that if Sean did what he can do, he would do ok," associate head coach and throws coach Chris Campbell stated after the meet. "I think he had a very positive experience being here at the National Championships. It was great competition and not very forgiving. The competition was unbelievable and I thought Sean did great for us all season.
"Sean has been a great team captain and had a positive attitude throughout the entire year. The season had to send at some point and it is not the way he wanted it to end, but ending it at the national meet is pretty unbelievable. Making it was an accomplishment in and of itself. He graduated on Friday (May 25); flew down to Tampa on Saturday morning; threw in the rain, but was able to qualify with an 11th place throw. It was unbelievable for Sean to get here.
"Sean's track and field career has ended," Campbell added, "but now he is ready to get his professional career to begin as he heads down to flight school in September."
Richards finished ahead of Patriot League Champion August Cook of Army West Point, who posted a distance of 61.10m (200-05) to finish 23rd. Mississippi State freshman Anderson Peters won the javelin competition with a meet record throw of 82.82m (271-09).