DES MOINES, IA – Former South Carolina State All-American sprinter Tyrell Richard - the Bulldog record-holder in the 400 meters - earned a spot Friday in Saturday’s 400-meter finals of the 2019 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Richard had a fourth-place finish in a time of 45.21. However, his teammate Demek Kemp, the Bulldog record-holder in the 100 meters, missed making the finals in his event, as he finished fifth in his heat with a time of 10.27.
Only the top four of eight competitors in each of two heats advanced.
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Richard’s time was just the ninth-fastest of the day, but the fourth-place showing in his heat got the Georgetown native to the 400-meter finals with a chance to earn a spot on Team USA Track and a trip to the World Championships Sept. 27-Oct. 6 at Doha, Qatar.
Saturday’s final will be run at 6:53 p.m. ET.
Conversely, Kemp’s time was the fifth-best overall in the 100 meters, however, the Monroe, Georgia native was edged for the fourth spot in Heat 2, the faster of the two heats, by Texas A&M's Ameer Webb with a time of 10.26.