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Tyrell Richard at 2019 NCAA Indoor (Erin Mizelle)

Senior sprinter Tyrell Richard captured the 400 meters in a time of 44.81, helping the South Carolina State track teams to a solid showing at the North Florida Track and Field Invitational Friday at Hodges Stadium.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –Senior sprinter Tyrell Richard recorded the world’s top time thus far this year in the 400 meters in helping the South Carolina State track teams to a solid showing at the North Florida Track and Field Invitational Friday at Hodges Stadium.

Richard captured the 400 meters in a time of 44.81, the top time in the nation and world this year and his second-best clocking all-time. The victory, which also established a facility record, continued the outstanding track season Richard is enjoying. The Georgetown native earlier won the 400 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championship in a time of 44.82, the top time in the world in that event this season.

Also grabbing firsts for the Bulldogs were senior Demek Kemp, the USAT&F indoor champion in the 60 meters, who captured the 100 meters in a time of 10.41; and Orangeburg native Daniel Seawright, who won the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.27 meters (23-10.25 ft.). Seawright, a sophomore, also finished fourth in the 400 meters with a time of 47.61 in his first time competing in the event.

Other top performances for Coach Tim Langford’s team included a runner-up finish in the men’s 400-meter relay by the foursome of Kemp, Richard, Seawright and Malik Watson with a time of 39.89, second-best all time in school history; Breana Tyler, third in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.77m (18-11.50 ft.); Austin Kemp, third in the men’s high jump with a leap of 1.96m (6-5 ft.).

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