June 24, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis freshman Margo Richardson (Mt. Vernon, Ill./Mt. Vernon Township) placed seventh in her heat in the 1,500 meters Friday at the USA Junior Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore.
Her time of 4:39.40 was 15th out of 24 runners. Only the top 12 finishers in the event advanced to tomorrow's final.
Richardson's appearance in the USA Junior Track and Field Championship capped an impressive rookie campaign. During the cross country season, she was tabbed A-10 Freshman of the Year after drawing All-Conference honors by placing ninth at the A-10 Championship. During the indoor track and field season, she ran the Billikens' fastest mile time of 5:02.35.
Richardson notched her top time in the 1,500 meters at the Atlantic 10 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship, crossing the line in a time of 4:30.57. Her previous top time and USA Junior qualifying mark of 4:36.78 came at the Ole Miss Invitational, where she finished second and drew A-10 Rookie of the Week honors for her effort.
Incoming Billiken freshman Sean Canavin (Lewisville, Texas/Marcus) also qualified for the USA Junior Championships. He will run unattached in the 800 meters Friday at 4:55 p.m. (CT).