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Richardson Sisters Return to Form

March 19, 2018

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 

2015 SEA Games Womens 100m Champion Kayla Richardson

Apart from the 4×100 National Record and Bronze. It was a rather disappointing 2017 SEA Games for Kayla  Richardson. Kayla Richardson went in as the defending champion from 2015 SEA Games in the 100m and Silver in the 200m.

But she skipped her 100m title defense and wound up a disappointing 5th in Kuala Lumpur last SEA Games.

Now 20 years old and adjusting to college life at USC.  Richardson has bounced back with a 24.01 (1.1)  taking out the B-Race at the Trojan Invite in Los Angeles.  Her first 200m of 2018, the run takes the SEA lead in the 200m.

Meanwhile, her twin sister Kyla Ashley Richardson clocked a wind-aided 24.43 (3.1) second place in the C-Race. Her first run in over a year at any individual event.

Richardson fast wind-aided

March 25, 2018

Kayla Anise Richardson the 2015 SEA Games 100m Champion. Clocked a fast but wind-aided 23.77 (2.5) to win Heat 3 of the TrailBlazer meet at Los Angeles. Richardson running for USC time improved on her 24.01 SEA lead. Richardson best wind-aided time is 23.45 and 23.67 is her legit personal best.

Meanwhile SEA Games 3x 400 Hurdles Champion Eric Cray helped himself to a PB at the UTEP Spring Time meet in El Paso over 400m. Cray timed 47.67 breaking his mark of 48.28 from 2 years ago.

He rarely runs the distance. Cray improved on the 50.28 indoors he ran earlier in the year. He is now ranked 2nd behind Anthony Beram over 400m for 2018 in South East Asia.

March 2018 Roundup

2015 SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson ran 55.38 at her outdoor opener in Los Angeles for 400m. While at a similar meet in Los Angeles Former Philippine 400m Record Holder Zion Corrales-Nelson improved her 200m Seasons best to 24.54.

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Kayla Richardson sets 400m National Indoor Record

Jan 22, 2018

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 

Kayla Richardson

Kayla Anise Richardson has established a new Philippine National Indoor Record in the 400m Dash. Richardson clocked 54.94 to place finishing 5th in Heat 1. Richardson turns 20 in a few months is competing for the University of Southern California. 

The record was set at the Martin Luther King to Invite in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 20.

Richardson was the 2015 SEA Games 100m Champion at the age of 17 and took silver in the 200m. In the 2017 SEA Games, she moved up to 200m but could only manage a 5th place finish.  

Richardson currently holds the Philippine Junior Record in the 100m (11.65) and 400m (53.81) and Philippine Record in the 400m outdoor (53.81) also. Kayla won a bronze medal in 2017 as part of the Philippine Record in the 4×100 (44.81).

At a guess, 54.94 is about the one-second difference in the outdoor so it gives Kayla an early season 53.9 which is near her PB not bad for a first race of the season. Kayla is currently being guided by the 1992 Olympic Champion Quincy Watts.

2017 SEA Games Events: 100, 200, 400, 4×100, 4×400


One of the greatest finds via Pinoyathletics. It was back in 2012 when Jeff Richardson first contacted Pinoyathletics about the prospect of his two twin daughters representing the Philippine Team. The PSC assisted in securing these two athletes for PATAFA. Passports were obtained.

The first meet for Kayla Richardson was the Asian Youth Games in 2013 in Nanjing, China. Which was a disappointing yet eye-opening experience for Kayla who had her first International meet where she made both finals but finishes 6th and 5th in the 100 and 200.

Kayla Richardson who was only 15 at the time opted out of the 2013 SEA Games despite being selected in the 4×100.

She qualified for the Philippines at the 2014 World Junior Championships at Eugene, Oregon but failed to pass the heats in 100 and 200.

Leading up to the 2015 SEA Games Kayla Richardson had the third-fastest time, and her mark of 11.65 broke the National Junior Record of Princess Joy Griffey.

The Highlight of Kayla Richardson’s career was winning the 100m as a 17-year-old at the 2015 SEA Games in a blanket finish with 11.76 overpowering veteran Thai Sprinter Tassaporn Wanakit who had an identical time. Kayla also finished a very credible silver in the 200m behind local

Shanti Veronica Pereira after Kayla ran a PB of 23.67 in the heats.

She made the Semi-Finals and finished 6th in the 200m at the 2015 World Youth Champs in Cali, Colombia.

She represented the Philippines again at the 2016 World Juniors but did not pass the heats in the 100 or the 200.

 SEA GOLD  11.76    
 SEA SILVER  11.76    
 SEA BRONZE  11.88    
1Le Tu Chinh04-Jul-97VIE11.470.2Thai OpenBangkok12-Jun-17
 Le Tu Chinh  11.540.0Thai OpenBangkok12-Jun-17
2Husniah Zaidatul  Zulkifili20-Aug-93MAS11.62okASCBhubaneswar07-Jul-17
3Zion Corrales-Nelson10-Nov-98PHI11.691.2Jesse Bent InvitationalCoquitlam11-Jun-17
4Onuma Chettha THA11.801.1National Univ GamesNakkhon Rachasima21-Mar-17
5Thi Mong Tuyen Le1990VIE11.81-0.3Thai OpenBangkok12-Jun-17
6Tassaporn Wanakit23-Nov-89THA11.830.2Thai OpenBangkok12-Jun-17
7Siti Fatimah Mohamad25-Mar-86MAS11.871.0ASCBhubaneswar07-Jul-17
8Supawan Thipat10-Feb-94THA11.910.2Thai OpenBangkok12-Jun-17
9Kwanruethai Pakdee06-Jan-93THA11.960National Univ GamesNakkhon Rachasima21-Mar-17
10Shally Komalam Selveratnam23-Apr-88MAS11.980.5ASA Speed SeriesGermiston22-Mar-17
1Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifili20-Aug-93MAS11.362.57th AGN LeaguePretoria04-Mar-17
2Komalam Shally Selveratnam23-Apr-88MAS11.652.57th AGN LeaguePretoria04-Mar-17
3Siti Fatimah Mohamad25-Mar-86MAS11.682.57th AGN LeaguePretoria04-Mar-17
4Emilia Nova20-Aug-95INA11.693.8Jatim Open MeetJawa Timur06-Mar-17
1Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifili1993MAS11.450.4ASA Speed SeriesBloemfontein08-Mar-17
2Norris Foo1998MAS11.72-1.0National ChampsLumut15-Apr-17
3Shereen Samson Vallabouy07-Jun-97MAS11.900.4ASA Speed SeriesBloemfontein08-Mar-17
** Results of track events considered suspect due to technical faults at Bloemfontein as per the Organizers  
 SEA GOLD  23.60    
 SEA SILVER  23.71    
 SEA BRONZE  23.88    
1Le Tu Chinh04-Jul-97VIE23.520.0Thai OpenBangkok14-Jun-17
2Zion Corrales-Nelson10-Nov-98PHI23.74-0.7Brutus Hamilton OpenBerkeley28-Apr-17
3Shanti Vernoica Periera20-Jun-96SIN23.740.0Thai OpenBangkok14-Jun-17
4Kayla Anise Richardson17-Apr-98PHI23.760.4Battle of BayouLousianna08-Apr-17
5Husniah Zaidatul  Zulkifili20-Aug-93MAS23.801.47th AGN LeaguePretoria04-Mar-17
6Quach Thi Lan18-Oct-95VIE23.861.3ASCBhubaneswar07-Jul-17
7Suphanich Poolkerd28-Nov-97THA24.21 National Univ GamesNakkhon Rachasima23-Mar-17
8Komalam Shally Severatnam23-Apr-88MAS24.211.4 Pretoria12-Apr-17
9Suphawan Thiphat10-Feb-94THA24.29 National Univ GamesNakkhon Rachasima23-Mar-17
10Siti Fatimah Mohamad25-Mar-86MAS24.58 Malaysian OpenKuala lumpur18-Jul-17
 SEA GOLD  52.00    
 SEA SILVER  52.52    
 SEA BRONZE  54.26    
1Quach Thi Lan18-Oct-95VIE52.78 ASCBhubaneswar07-Jul-17
 Quach Thi Lan VIE52.96 AGP Round 3Taipei30-Apr-17
2Kayla Anise Richardson17-Apr-98PHI53.81 Mt. Sac RelaysWalnut14-Apr-17
3Nguyen Thi Huyen05-Oct-92VIE53.89 OpenSingapore28-Apr-17
4Shereen Samson Vallabouy07-Oct-97MAS54.58 ASA Speed SeriesSasolburg28-Mar-17
5Zion Corrales-Nelson10-Nov-98PHI55.04 Brutus Hamilton OpenBerkeley28-Apr-17
6Dipna Lim Prasad07-Jun-91SIN55.10 Thai OpenBangkok14-Jun-17
7Nguyen Thi Hang16-Jan-97VIE55.31 Thai OpenBangkok14-Jun-17
8Suphanich Poolkerd28-Nov-97THA55.77 National Univ GamesNakkon Rachasima22-Mar-17
9Can Thi Thuy98VIE55.85 Summer InvitationalHong Kong26-Jun-17
10Fathin Mohd Yusuf10-Jun-96MAS55.89 National OpenIlagan02-Apr-17

Kayla skips century dash title defense (Aug 19, 2017)

(Article from the PSC Page)

KUALA LUMPUR – Reigning Southeast Asian Games sprint queen Kayla Richardson relinquishes her crown in the women’s 100-meter run, to focus on the 200-meter and relay events. When the athletics competition of the 29th SEA Games gets going Tuesday at the KL Sports City here.


The 17-year old Richardson said she’s more comfortable competing in the 200-meter run, as well as in the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays. Despite becoming the youngest century dash champion in the history of the biennial meet in 2015 in Singapore.


“I don’t really want to say that I am giving it up. But this is not the event I have been training for,” said the University of Southern California (USC) freshman. “I will also be running in the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relays.”


Richardson’s father, Jeffrey, said pulling his daughter out of the century dash is a logical move.


“The only reason Kayla is skipping the 100 is that she hasn’t run the race in over a year and her coach at USC wants to focus on the 200-meter race,” he said. “She is very capable of winning the gold in the 200.” Consequently Kayla finished 5th at the 2017 SEA Games in the 200 Meter Dash.


With the younger Richardson skipping the century sprint. She won’t see action until Wednesday where she is expected to go up against defending Singaporean champion Shanti Pereira, who ruled the race with a time of 23.60 seconds.


Kayla took the silver then in 23.71. Although the father said that her daughter has done 23.45  “but that was with a slight tailwind. Her actual personal best is 23.65.” (actually its 23.67)


4x100m Relay

Together with twin sibling Kyla. The elder Richardson (Jeff) added that the Richardson’s would also be vying in the 4×100-meter women’s relays on Aug. 25 and the 4×400-meter relays the succeeding day.

Kayla Richardson
Kayla Richardson

The elder Richardson (Jeff) disclosed that the coaching staff decided “to frontload” the team, with Kat Santos as the starting runner. Followed by Kayla and Kyla, respectively, and either Eloisa Luzon or Filipino-American Zion Rose Nelson as the anchor.


“Kat Santos ran a strong first leg in Singapore two years ago while it will be Kayla then Kyla. I am not sure about the anchor runner,” he said. “We want to give our team a strong headstart.”


Kayla said she was confident about the 4×100-meter relay squad’s chances. Adding that they had been practicing hand-offs of the baton for five straight days at the Philsports oval in Pasig City before they got here.


“I am not so sure about our chances in the 4×400 relays, but we will give it our best shot,” she said. 



Richardson Dips Under 54 seconds at Mt. Sac

Apr 15, 2017

Kayla Richardson

Kayla Richardson again took down the Philippine Record after having broken it just a week ago. Richardson finished second in heat 2 at the very famous Mt. Sac Relays at Mt. San Antonio.


Running for USC Richardson time of 53.81, broke her own Philippine Record and Junior Record. 54.06 set at Lousianna Battle of the Bayou on April 8. Richardson. While Brianny Guillory of Iowa had the fastest time in the meet and won Kayla’s heat in 52.89. Kayla is coached by Carol Gilbert and Quincy Watts at USC.


While for SEA Games Kayla has hit the standard in the 100m being the defending champion, in the 200m being the silver medalist and in the 400m exceeding the bronze medal of 2015 SEA Games (54.26). However she is looking at running in the Philippines in June. Vietnam’s Thi Huyen won the 400m in 52.00 with Quach Thi Lan second in 52.52.

Official Results Here

SEA Game 2015 Results

Kayla Richardson Breaks Philippine Record in 400m (Apr 9, 2017)


Kayla Richardson breaks
Richardson Breaks. SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson of the Philippines running for USC.

*media may use this article but please quote as the source

Kayla Richardson Breaks Philippine Record in 400m

SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Anise Richardson. Set a new record in the 400m Dash at the 2017 Battle of Bayou meet in Louisiana.

The time of 54.06 eclipsed the national record of Zion Corrales-Nelson 54.18 set in Langley, British Columbia, Canada at the British Columbia Championships on 30th May 2014. The two Fil-Heritage sprinters are likely to figure in the SEA Games 2017 in three months time.

Kayla was third in the B-Race. Kayla is currently training with Coach Carol Gilbert and Quincy Watts 1992 Olympic 400m Champion at the University of Southern California (USC).

“She is in very good shape. And I believe she can run sub 54 seconds by next week. said Jeffrey Richardson the girls father via facebook.”

The plan is to keep her running 400m early, she wont run a 100m until June in the Philippines. I think its good cause it will build up her stamina and endurance and keep her eager and fresh to improve her 100m time. Richardson added.


Outsmarting Older Rivals

Kayla who did not participate in the recently concluded 2017 Ayala National Track and Field Championships in Isabella was not able to join due to school commitments. They are hoping the PATAFA will still include her and allow her the chance to defend her titles. A source said that all medalists from the last SEA Games 2015 are automatic unless there are stronger athletes in those events who beat the bronze medal standard.

Kayla at 17, outsmarted her older rivals with a smart finishing dive to win by a hairline from 26-year-old Tassaporn Wanakit of Thailand to crown herself SEA Games champion which the Philippines had not won since Elma Muros 20 years back in 1995. Where both athletes clocked 11.76, but Kayla was awarded the win by milliseconds on the photo finish. Kayla whose father had advised her to wear two brassieres on that day in case it was a close finish had taken the wise move as this decision proved priceless.

Kayla also took silver in the 200m last SEA Games, behind Shanti Veronica Pereira. In the heats, Kayla clocked a PB of 23.67. But Shanti ran much better off the curve and Kayla even though closing in just couldn’t make up the lead on the home town favorite Shanti.

Kayla also ran a 23.76 which puts her slightly ahead in the SEA Rankings for 2017 in the 200 of Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli of 23.80 (1.4 m/s) of Malaysia. She also leads the 400m Rankings for SEA. Kayla was 4th in the B-Race in this event.

200m Results

400m Results


Kayla Richardson 54.46

Mar 26, 2017

Kayla Richardson 54.46

At the Trojan Invite following Tyler Ruiz splendid 7.78m meet record. Also Kayla Richardson improved on her PB of 54.62, to 54.46.

While closing in on the National Record of Zion Corrales-Nelson (54.18, 2014). Richardson also debuted with a 24.08 (1.1) opening time to place 6th behind several of her USC team mates. Also the time is the fastest by a Filipina Sprinter for 2017. Richardson best time is 23.67 at the 2015 SEA Games.

Kayla fastest time was 54.62 in the 400m. The Bronze standard for the SEA Game from 2015 is 54.32 by Shereen Vallaboy of Malaysia. This even is dominated at SEA Games by the Vietnamese who are trained by Loren Seagrave.Her twin sister Kyla who ran an at the 2015 SEA Games in the 4×100 is yet to run.

Results Here


Kayla Anise Richardson 54.62 for 400m

Mar 20, 2017


Kayla Anise Richardson clocked a new personal best of 54.62 at the Trojan invite on March 18 on Los Angeles. Richardson who is studying at the University of Southern California (USC) was third overall and won the second heat. Her teammate Imuel won the first heat clearly by 2 seconds in a new Norwegian record for 400m in 51.81. The time was a big improvement on Kayla 56.53 ran two years ago.


Richardson is the SEA Games Champion in 100m (17 years old at the time in 2015) and 200m silver medallist. Her coach and program head Carol Gilbert believe that the extra speed endurance work will set her up nicely for a fast 100 and 200 towards the time of the South East Asian Games in August in Kuala Lumpur. Gilbert also expects Kayla to run a high 52 seconds towards the end of the season.


54.62 is the 2nd fastest performance by a Filipina. With Fil-Canadian Zion Corrales-Nelson holding the national and national junior record at 54.18. Nelson is studying at California State University.

She also ran a very strong third leg on the 4×400 team at the same meet splitting 53.8.

Results Here






Kayla Richardson youngest 100m Champ SEA History (video)

Jun 10, 2015

Three Athletes who were discovered via or through the Philippines Sports Commission and recommended to PATAFA proved worth the investment. The Fil-Heritage program trio delivered three gold medals for the Philippines. Caleb Stuart, Eric Cray, and Kayla Richardson delivered golds for the country. is extremely proud of these three athletes and what they have been able to achieve.

Richardson1On a thrilling Wednesday evening in one of the most thrilling races, I have ever seen in my life. Unheralded Kayla Richardson from the Philippines became the youngest champion in the game’s history in the century dash. Consequently the 17-year-old emulated the feat of Lydia De Vega who at the same age in 1981 SEA Games in Manila won the 200 and 400m Dash.


Yet the 5’9 Richardson was the slowest coming out of the blocks in Lane 7. Princess Joy Griffey in lane 3 the other Filipino entry in this race was leading for the first 50m. While Tassaporn Wannakit of Thailand the 2013 SEA Games Bronze medalist started clawing back.

Also home favorite Shanti Veronica Pereira also began closing ground on Griffey.

With 15m to go a horde of runners swarmed passed Griffey who was now out of the medals. While Wannakit looked like she had the race but in the dying embers. However, it was the much taller figure of Kayla Richardson in the lane next door used every milometer of her height to pip her on the line.

While both Richardson and Wannakit registered times of 11.76, with home crowd favorite Shanti taking bronze in 11.88. Zulkifli the pre-race favorite was fourth, and Princess Joy Griffey the Philippine National Games champion fifth in 12.00.


The win, however, was rewarded by 4/1000th of a second to the youngest athlete in the final and gave the Philippines its first gold since 1995.

Griffey Kayla Richardson

Kayla Richardson goes toe to toe with 25 year old Wanakit of Thailand
Richardson goes toe to toe with 25-year-old Wanakit of Thailand

Youngest Champion

Kayla Richardson was not expected to win, being the youngest in the event and playing at her first SEA Games after having to bypass 2013 due to school commitments.


Hence Richardson who was assisted via pinoyathletics in early 2013, was recommended to the PATAFA. While her father Jeff Richardson who now serves as her coach was the one who endorsed her to us and we were obliged to assist. Also Richardson currently holds the Filipino Junior Record in the 100m Dash at 11.65. She will be next participating at the World Youth Championships in Colombia next month. Her mother Kieyana is from Zamboanga.

17 year old school Girl Kayla Anise Richardson clocks fastest 100m time leading upto SEA Games

May 25, 2015

Kayla Anise Richardson
Kayla Anise Richardson

17-year-old Kayla Anise Richardson one of the youngest members of the Fil-Heritage program and twin of Kyla; clocked an impressive 11.65 (+1.0) ; in doing so she won the California Inter-school Meet Southern Division in Los Angeles. Kayla broke the National Junior Record mark of 11.75 (+0.7); this was set in 2004 at the US Juniors Nationals in Oregon; by Bacolod born Princess Joy Griffey the 2014 PNG Champion. She also broke her PB of 11.78 which she set last year.


11.65 is the fastest time in South East Asia in 2015. Just ahead of Griffey 11.71 and Wanakit of Thailand (11.74). Kayla will be going to the SEA Games with Griffey in the 100 and 200. Kyla and Long Jumper Katherine Santos will join the duo in a formidable revival of the women’s 4x100m relay; The Philippines last competed in this event 10 years ago. If Kayla is able to pull off a win at the SEA Games in either the 100 or 200 she may very well be the youngest champion in the event’s history.

200m at SEA Games also going to be a strong chance

In the 200m Dash Kayla Anise Richardson won the same California meet in 23.45 (+3.5); a wind-aided performance. Her best time is 24.03, but she had run a 23.84 (2.1, windy) back in 2013. This also puts her as a strong challenge to Singaporean local favorite Shanti Pereira (23.99) and Griffey (23.93 last year).

“I wasn’t expecting 23.45, I thought id just run 23.8 but Woah! That’s a big PB” said a delighted Richardson.

Woah indeed as the double ponytailed Richardson, time is close to the national record of 23.37, and if it wasn’t for the wind would have taken away the 34-year-old 200m JR Record of De Vega of 23.54.

World Youth Champs 2015 (Full Summary) 8 athletes qualified for Philippines?

Qualifying Criteria
It will be held in Cali, Colombia in South America. July 15-19

Official Meet Website

As of now, a team has not been nominated as the selection period has not started yet.

This is only for athletes born in 1998 and 1999.


Who hit the Standard?

The Following Athletes hit the WYC Standard

  1. Kayla Richardson 100m (11.65 , 12.30) / 200m (23.67, 25.35) /400m (56.52 . 57.20)
  2. Kyla Richardson 100m (11.83, 12.30)
  3. Zion Corrales Nelson 200m (24.15, 25.35), 400m (54.18, 57.20)
  4. Karen Janario 200m (25.21, 25.35)
  5. Jieann Calis 800m (2.12.27, 2.14.0)
  6. Anjelica De Josef 800m (2.13.9, 2.14.0)
  7. Jerry Belibestre Long Jump (7.26, 7.25)
  8. Alexis Soqueno 400m Hurdles (54.54, 54.80)

Originally only 2 athletes were budged for the meet. With the key qualifiers being Zion and Kayla it wasn’t expected by the athletics association that more than two athletes were qualified. Hence there were enough funds budgeted. Kayla Richardson ended up going but she ran in the 200m only after a long tiring season (read about her below).

Kyla Richardson and Zion Nelson also qualified but withdrew nearer the last minute due to injuries.

Janario was not able to substitute as she has only recently acquired a passport and because Nelson was entered in the 200m also and withdrew later was unable to proxy in.

Calis is still in the process of acquiring a passport. Anjelica was not added but has a passport.

Belibestre was recommended but his trip wasn’t approved. Soqueno was also endorsed but also wasn’t approved.

On a positive side, we need to recognize we are now getting more young athletes who can qualify to world youth so in the future to learn from this we can present more exposures.


Kayla Richardson qualifies for next round of 200 at WYC in Colombia


SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson qualified 14th of 23 to the Semi-Finals at the World Youth Championships. Certainly not a token entry the young ‘Fil-Heritage’ sprinter battered the qualifying standard when she ran a time of 23.67 in Singapore at the heats of the SEA Games, she landed a Silver medal in the SEA Games 200m Finals.

This performance battered the 25.35 qualifying requirement required to play at World Youths.

Last year Kayla became the first of two athletes in the History of the World Juniors to meet the qualifying criteria for the Philippines in the 100 and 200m Dash. She finished 5th and 4th in her heats failing to make it to the finals. But the experience helped her for the SEA Games and this meet.

This time Kayla chose to focus on the 200m Dash. The Philippine Junior Record held since De Vega in 1981 is 23.54. Kayla holds the Phi JR Record at 11.65 which she set this year to break the 11.75, 2004 Junior Record of Princess Joy Griffey.

In Cali, Kayla clocked 24.41 (-0.6) in heat 2 to comfortably qualify for the next round which will be held at 6.45 pm local time. Kayla finished behind Estellle Rafai of France 23.91 who holds a PB of 23.85.


In the Semi-Finals Kayla is in heat 3 of 3. The top two athletes in each heat and the next two fastest will progress to the final. Kayla has drawn the very difficult lane eight.

A similar situation to the SEA Games when the organizers placed here in lane seven and team management of Philippine Athletics didn’t make an attempt to challenge the decision in Singapore despite the fact she was the fastest qualifier to the finals and should have drawn lane 4-5-6.  A move that probably cost the Philippines the gold.

semi3 wyc kayla

Richardson has Lauren Rain Williams in her heat from the USA whose best is 23.16, and Shaneli English of Jamaica 23.38, These two are the only ones with better personal bests than Kayla.

The other strong athlete is Nikola Bendova of Czech Republic with 23.76 PB the only other runner in the race with a sub 24. These girls have drawn 4, 3, 5. It’s going to be tough and Kayla will have to run near her PB or beyond it to get through to finals to get one of the two slower qualifying spots for finals.

The first heat has 2 sub 24s girls, the second heat has 4 including WYC 100m Champion and Youth Record Holder (10.98) Candace Hill who is the fastest in the competition with a 23.05 PB. There are 10 athletes who have run below 24s going for 8 spots in the final.

She will need to run a sub 24 to qualify to the final. said coach and father Jeffrey Richardson via facebook.


Richardson out in 200m Semis World Youth Champs


SEA Games 100m Champion, Kayla Anise Richardson was not able to progress through to the finals of the World Youth Champs in the 200 Meter Dash. Running in the difficult lane 8 Richardson wound up sixth place in 24.41 in heat 3, duplicating the time she had ran in the heats the previous day. It was far from Richardson’s best time of 23.67 which she ran in the heats of the SEA Games in Singapore.

A performance of 24.07 was required to advance which was within Richardson’s ability. Lauren Williams (USA)  ran the fastest qualifying time to win heat 3 in 23.03 PB. Her teammate 100m Champion at this meet Candace Hill won heat 2 in 23.21 and Estelle Rafai (France) who had won Kayla’s heat yesterday won the first heat in 23.72 PB. The top 4 athletes in Kayla Heat 3 advanced to the finals for tomorrow.

Richardson finishes 18th out of the 24 Semi-Finalists at world youth champs. This is here last major meet of the year and a long tiring season that began in January has now ended for her.


2015 PNG Luzon Leg Full Report (merged)

Phi Athletics Round up – March – Week 5- (merged) Kayla makes Philippine track history first ever to qualify for World Juniors (March 2014)

Kayla Richardson with medal around neck and team mates.
Kayla Richardson with a medal around the neck and teammates.

Fil-Heritage sprinter Kayla Richardson 15, made Philippine Track and Field History by becoming the first-ever Filipino athlete to qualify for the prestigious IAAF World Junior Championship in Oregon without needing the use of a wild card entry. The Philippines has sent athletes to World Juniors before but they require wild cards, in fact for most major international meets in athletics it has always been the case.


The fact that Kayla has now achieved the standards for the World Juniors means she has set a benchmark for the other juniors aiming to qualify as the rules of the IAAF state that once one athlete qualifies all other athletes must hit the standards set by the IAAF.


Richardson clocked 11.90 seconds (1.7) in the 100m at the Mt. Baxter Invite in Los Angeles which equaled the qualification for the World Juniors and was also under the Bronze medal standard of 11.91 for the SEA Games. Now Both Griffey (11.88) and Richardson (11.90) have hit the mark, with only two athletes allowed to compete at SEA Games the mark now moves from 11.91 to 11.89 for this event. Kayla Personal best from last year is 11.79

Kayla also timed 24.40 (+1.3) in the 200m the performance was a new wind-legal personal best, as last year she had run a slightly windy 23.84 (+2.1). The SEA Games Bronze standard is 24.13 which no one has run yet this year.

Kayla who is coached by Jon Gilmer at the Academy of Sport would head to Oregon, the United States in July as they are already based there should be no problem for Kayla and coach Jon to make the trip interstate.

Unfortunately, due to school commitments, Kayla will not be in action at the Philippine National Games this year. But has made herself available for next year’s SEA Games in Singapore.



2014 Philippine Athletics Roundup January

Meanwhile, 15-year-old Kayla Richardson who is now a student at Walnut High school. The same track was Lydia De Vega set the National Junior Record. Kayla opened her season in a high school dual meet in 12.26 and 25.08. The qualification standards for the world juniors are 11.90 and 24.50.



The Makings of a World Class Sprinter: In the footsteps of De Vega

Kayla is not really thinking too much of SEA Games; she puts more emphasis on the importance of her times which is a good sign as it shows she has higher ambition. This is how most elite athletes tend to think, winning events just come in along the way.


I’m hoping I can go 11.50 this year and as close to 23 flat as possible” she said.


Richardson possesses a lot of the makings of a world-class sprinter, but more so a lot of similarities to the path followed by De Vega.

* Genetically she has West African blood through her father who played baseball; her mother hails from Zamboanga.


1. Like De Vega, her father is also her coach with a strict training program

2. Also like De Vega, she sports a double ponytail whereas De Vega had a single ponytail.

3. She is also above average height than an average Filipina at 5’9, De Vega was also at 5’6. Although nowadays around 5’8 up is required for a world-class women’s sprinter with the odd exception.

4. De Vega also went to school in the United States with Walnut as her training ground, whereas Kayla is at Walnut High school.


As the first Filipino to qualify for World Juniors, without a wild card; Kayla has shown she is already world-class for age. I firmly believe that she is our next best Female Sprinter. I also believe she can be very successful as a world-class athlete.

To Richardson critics

Regarding Kayla Richardson critics who said she was getting too heavy, she wouldn’t get any faster, and she was an early bloomer ‘I rest my case’. Her injuries before were probably due to a rapid growth spurt. Now that she has passed this I expect her to start dropping some really faster times in the next few years.

I had always stated I felt she was the next great Filipina sprinter and could be world-class and I rarely get my judgments wrong.

I now rest my case.

*Videos to come


Kayla Richardson closes in on Griffey Record

May 21, 2014

Teen prodigy Kayla Richardson clocked times of 11.78 (0.2) and 24.03 (0.6) at the CIF Qualifiers in Los Angeles on 17.05.14. The times catapulted Richardson closer to the 2004 National Junior Record of Princess Joy Griffey 11.75s. Richardson times were both personal bests which ensured the 16-year-old further justification under the World Junior qualifiers of 11.90 and 24.50, World Juniors will be held in Oregon.

Richardson times also give her the silver medal standards for the 100 and 200m for the 2015 Singapore SEA Games where she would join Griffey who also has the silver medal standards.

Richardson now moves up to the best performer in the 100m for 2014 in the 100m Dash. But is behind the 27-year-old Griffey in the 200m who has run 23.93 so far this year.

Kayla Richardson of the Philippines


A 15-year-old Fil-Heritage sprinter recorded two incredible arks 11.79 (+0.7), and 23.84 (+2.1).

The First-year high schooler from Etiwanda High had an awesome day at Div 1 CIF Preliminaries in the 100m finishing third in her heat and qualifying 7th overall for the CIF Finals. Her 200m time albeit wind-aided was the fastest qualifying time in her division. 

Kayla then helped her team win the 4×400 in 3:47.07 #2 in the state clocking 55.00 on her leg of the relay.

Kayla’s time was remarkable 11.79 improved her season lead of 11.93 which she shared with twin sister Kyla. 11.79 is the 6th fastest time ever by a Filipina and only .04s outside the junior mark set by Princess Joy Griffey in 2004 with 11.75.

Born in 1998 Kayla has until 2017 to improve this mark. Kayla’s official best time was 12.46 last year an incredible breakthrough in one season.

Click here to view all time Filipina List 100m List

Her 200m mark of 23.84 although wind-aided +2.1, means she is capable of breaking 24 seconds now with a legitimate tailwind. Only Lydia De Vega has ever run faster than this time of all Filipina’s. De Vega mark of 23.54 is the National Junior Record. Kayla coach Jon Gilmer of the Academy of Speed said: “Kayla should hopefully be able to break that”.

Another fact is her times are now very close to the SEA Games bronze standards of 11.73 and 24.06. Certainly, her 23.84 is even beyond the 24.01 silver medal, the gold medal was 23.65 at SEA Games.

However, it is incredibly unfair how the IAAF/SEA Games committee now has decided to introduce a minimum 16 rule meaning Kayla would miss out on competing in the SEA Games when she is good enough to medal. An appeal must be sent to the organizing committee to allow her to take part as we now have another female sprinter good enough to match it with our SEA rivals.

*The Richardson twins have submitted dual citizenship documents to PATAFA and are in the process of submitting Passports.

Kayla Richardson of the Philippines

The season comes to an end

Richardson who clocked 11.79 and 23.84 last week qualified for the CIF Finals at MtSan Antonio College (Mt Sac) California but unfortunately, bad cramps mean she limped up last in the race. Jon Gilmer her coach assured me he will now rest her and she will now prepare for the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing China along with twin sister Kyla who will also be running the 100 and 200m at the Youth meet in August. 

Kayla Richardson in the sharp form right now

Richardson continued with her progressive streak this season with a time of 12.00et (+1.2) and 24.73et (2.4 wind-aided) on 23.03.13.  She continued with a recent performance of 11.92et at her school meet (which it has been reported they had no wind gauge official results to come).


Results 1 23.03.13

Results 2 09.03.13 (wind readings not available at this time)

Kayla Ricardson

Kayla Richardson

Fil-Heritage sprinter Kayla Richardson almost dips under 12 seconds

Kayla Richardson who turns 15 next month, took half a second off the Chaffey High Invite meet record (12.51) when she clocked a big personal best of 12.01 for her first 100m run of the season. Kayla had a previous best time of 12.37 last year. While Kyla (who had the best time of 12.00 last year) who ran 12.24 last week opted out this week resting a slight strain.

It could be a very exciting clash with her twin sister Kyla Richardson (12.00) and UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rose Rosales at the PNG (12.22). And also at the SEA Youth Champs (June 4-7) against Singapore’s Shanti Perreira who just improved her best to 12.05.

A lot can be said about this performance, as Kayla was on the verge of breaking 12 seconds a feat that has not been done by a Filipina Sprinter since Princess Joy Griffey ran 11.65 in 2010.  And going further aback a Filipina local sprinter has not run sub 12 seconds since Lerma Buluitan almost 10 years ago.

12.01 placed her #6 on the Filipina Junior all-time lists behind Griffey (11.75), Lydia De Vega (11.76), Saraina Hedgepeth (11.93), Leslie Mercado (11.94) and Kyla Richardson (12.00).  It also broke the best performance all-time by a 15-year-old Filipina set by Fil-Australian Maricor Cuenca (12.20)  in 2003.




By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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