HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Junior Sean Richardson, who will be competing in his 17th meet as a Pioneer at the NCAA DIII West Regionals race on November 10, has earned a spot on the All-Northwest Conference First Team, the conference announced on Nov. 1.
Richardson started off the 2018 season strong with his second consecutive win at the Westmoreland Season Opener four mile race, crossing the line at 20:59.6. His following performances at the PLU Invitational and Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational were almost identical, at 26:16:85 and 26:16.6 respectively, just a minute shy of his career best 8k time of 25:16:57.
At the L&C Invite on Oct. 13, Richardson crossed the line in 25:34.1 finishing 40th overall on his home course, where he raced again two weeks later at the Northwest Conference Championships. Of his performance, coach Keith Woodard said, "It is always special to race on the home course and Sean ran lights out. He had the race of the day for the Pioneers."
Coming in fifth overall in a time of 26:20.4 earned Richardson his spot for the second year in a row on the All-NWC First Team. Woodard added, "He's had a solid season with a steady build up to the championship and was ready to go. He ran an excellent race, positioning himself in the lead pack early and was able to break away from that pack midway through the race to chase after the leaders. It was exciting to see him race aggressively and improve on his 7th place finish as a sophomore last year."
Outside of athletics, Richardson is a physics, mathematics, and computer science major from Portland, Oregon. He is also a member of the Pamplin Society, an undergraduate honor society. Membership is the highest honor the College of Arts and Sciences can bestow on a Lewis & Clark student.