University of Iowa Athletics
Sprints

Patrick Richards

Class Fr.
Hometown Colorado Springs, Colo.
High School Widefield

2012 — Indoor – placed 10th in 200 meters with a collegiate-best 21.57 and seventh in 400 meters (47.99) at Big Ten Championships… ran a team-leading 47.51 in Big Ten 400-meter prelims… ran lead leg on 1,600-meter relay that placed sixth at Big Ten meet (3:10.52) and led team with season-best 3:09.34 at ISU Qualifier… won 400 meters at New Year’s Classic (48.78) and placed second at Iowa Invite (49.31)… placed ninth in 200 (22.10) and 400 meters (48.58) at Iowa State Classic… Outdoor – ran lead leg on team-leading 1,600-meter relay (3:05.77) that placed fourth at Big Ten Championships… that time ranks seventh all-time at Iowa… qualified for NCAA West Preliminary as part of 1,600-meter relay… placed sixth in 200 meters (21.48) and ninth in 100 meters with a collegiate-best 10.78 at Arkansas Spring Invite… ran lead leg on team-leading sprint medley relay that placed second at Drake Relays in 3:17.25, which ranks second all-time at Iowa… won 400 meters (47.56) and anchored 1,600-meter relay that won race and set meet record Tom Botts Invite (3:09.51)… letterwinner.

2011 — Indoor – All-American, running lead leg on 1,600-meter relay that placed fourth at NCAA Championships (3:07.16)… also ran lead leg on 1,600-meter relay that won Big Ten title (3:12.13) and set school record of 3:06.66 at Last Chance Qualifier… ran lead leg on winning 1,600-meter relay at Razorback Invite (3:07.84) and Iowa State Classic (3:08.85)… those times rank fourth and eighth, respectively, all-time at Iowa… placed fourth in 400 meters (48.17) and eighth in 200 meters (22.04) at Big Ten Championships… ran season-best 200 meters (21.63) and collegiate-best 400 meters (47.35) at Iowa State Classic… the 400-meter time ranks sixth all-time at Iowa… won 400 meters at Jack Johnson Classic, setting a meet record of 47.80, and placed third in 200 meters (21.83)… also won 400 meters at Illinois Open (48.29)… Outdoor – ran second leg on team-leading 1,600-meter relay that placed 10th at NCAA Championships in 3:05.64, earning second team All-America honors… that time ranks sixth all-time at Iowa… placed fifth in 400 meters (47.78) and sixth in 200 meters (21.47)at Big Ten Championships, helping team to first Big Ten title since 1967… ran lead leg on 1,600-meter relay that placed sixth (3:07.58) at NCAA West Regional… won 200 meters (21.38) and placed second in 400 meters (48.28) at Messersmith Invite… letterwinner.

2010 — Indoor – ran a collegiate-best 60 meters (6.92) vs. Illinois… Outdoor – All-American, running on 1,600-meter relay that placed seventh at NCAA Championships in a team-leading 3:05.61… that time ranks fifth all-time at Iowa… ran on team-leading 1,600-meter relays that placed second at Drake Relays (3:05.73) and Big Ten Championships (3:07.75)… earned second team all-Big Ten honors… ran a collegiate-best 46.74 winning the 400 meters at the Sun Angel Classic… that time ties for 10th all-time at Iowa… placed second in 200 meters (21.44) at Razorback Invite… anchored team-leading 400-meter relay squad, winning at Iowa Invite (40.43), placing second at Musco Twilight XI (40.49), and third at Big Ten Championships… ran second leg on sprint medley relay squad that placed second at Drake Relays (3:17.74)… that time ranks second all-time at Iowa.

2009 — Indoor – ran second leg on 1,600-meter relay that led team and ran NCAA provisional qualifying 3:09.62 at Last Chance Qualifier… placed fifth in 400 meters (47.94) at Big Ten Championships… anchored 1,600-meter relay that placed eighth at Big Ten meet (3:14.73)… ran season-best 400 meters (47.78) at Meyo Invite… placed second in 200 meters with season-best 21.78 at Iowa Open… Outdoor – ran on 400-meter relay that won title at Drake Relays (40.71), running a regional-qualifying 40.58 in the prelims… ran third leg on 400-meter relay that placed third at Big Ten Championships in 40.85… also ran second leg on two regional qualifying 1,600-meter relays… ran second leg on 800-meter relay that set school record of 1:24.85 and placed sixth at Drake Relays… ran lead leg on sprint medley relay that placed second at Drake in 3:20.05, which ranks fifth in school history… ran collegiate bests in 100 (10.88) and 200 (21.61) meters at Dr. Keeler Invite… letterwinner.

High School — won 400 meters (47.50) at state meet senior year, placing second in 100 and 200 meters (10.83, 21.55)… state runner-up in 200 and 400 meters and placed fifth in 100 meters junior year… set school 400-meter record (47.50)… two-time all-state… team captain senior year… four-year letterwinner… ran on 400-meter relay (40.64) at 2008 Great Southwest Track Classic, placing third as part of 1,600-meter relay at that meet in 2007… ran on 400-meter relay that placed seventh at 2006 USATF Nationals… coached by Fred Marjerrison and Ronald White.

Personal — born August 6, 1990… son of Patrick and Deborah Richards… communication studies and interdepartmental studies major.

Richards’ Collegiate Bests
Event Time Meet Date
60 Meters (I) 6.92 Iowa vs. Illinois 1/9/10
100 Meters (O) 10.78 at Arkansas Spring Invitational 3/31/12
200 Meters (I) 21.57 at Big Ten Championships 2/24/12
200 Meters (O) 21.38 at Messersmith Invitational 5/7/11
400 Meters (I) 47.35 at Iowa State Classic 2/12/11
400 Meters (O) 46.74 at Sun Angel Classic 4/10/10