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Richards hopes to clear 7'0 at state meet
« on: May 10, 2010, 11:20:33 PM »
Richards hopes to clear 7'0 at state meet
By JOHNNIE WALTERS
May 10, 2010
Posted: May 10, 2010, 7:26 PM CDT 

Certain athletes are just gifted with great jumping ability.

Many have the ability to reach above the rim on the basketball court. Others are great jumpers that compete in track and field events such as high jump.

Port Neches-Groves high jumper Dylan Richards suspends his body in mid-air for several seconds before he hits the mat with each attempt. His success over the horizontal bar has led him to his second appearance at the University Interscholastic League State Track and Field Championships. The state meet begins at 8 a.m. Friday with the 3,200 meters at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers stadium.

"My goal is to try and clear 7 feet at state," said Richards, who is scheduled to compete at 2 p.m. Friday. "I almost did it at regionals, so hopefully I will be successful there."

Richards cleared 6 feet and 10 inches to win the 4A regional title on May 3. It was his second consecutive regional title.

"I cleared 6-06 to win regionals last year," said Richards, who finished in second place at the District 20-4A meet. "It was my personal best that year, so I'm very happy that I have continued to improve."

After Richards won the regional title a year ago, he made a promise to himself that he'd win the regional title the remainder of his high school days. He still has another year left of eligibility.

"I was really pleased with my performance at regionals," he said. "I tried to clear 7'0" but I was unsuccessful. I hope I can do it at state."

Richards remembers being a little skeptical before he attempted the winning height. He tried to clear 6-10 numerous times before the meet, but failed. He adjusted his steps down the runway and even worked on his technique for many hours in practice. But he never could make it over the bar.

An athlete always takes a few run-up steps before they launch his or her body over a horizontal bar in order to have a successful high jump attempt.

"I'm really happy that I was able to get a personal best at regionals," Richards said. "It really made me feel good when I made it over the bar at 6-10."

Richards cleared 6-04 to finish in seventh place at state a year ago. Tyrone Clemons of Big Spring reached 6-09 to win the state title last season.

The state record is held by James Lott of Refugio. He cleared 7-04.75 in 1983.

"I hope I continue to improve with each year," Richards said. "I almost made it over 7'0 at regionals, so my goal is to do it at state."
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Re: Richards hopes to clear 7'0 at state meet
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2010, 09:49:34 AM »
What a great story.  Good Luck at State, Dylan.

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Re: Richards hopes to clear 7'0 at state meet
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2010, 11:36:24 AM »
1.  Wow ... way to go ... cheers ... congratulations ... good luck.

2. Any interest in playing WR for the football team?  He could be that 6'3" or 6'4" WR like DeRon and then outjump everyone for the fade route into the endzone.

If not, then that's OK, too ... concentrate on track-and-field and work hard on the high jump ... go get that college scholarship!!!  Good luck.  Indian Nation is pulling for you ... and is proud of you.

Go Indians.  Peace.