Kayla Richardson is PinoyAthletics Female Athlete of the Year 2022

Kayla Richardson is PinoyAthletics Female Athlete of the Year 2022

2022 was a stellar year for Kayla Richardson. Against all odds, Kayla regained the 100m SEA Games crown she had won 7 long years ago as a starry-eyed teenager in Singapore in 2015. As she had done in Singapore, it was again a blanket finish with the 5’10 Kayla storming over the top of the best South East Asia had to offer. Kayla’s second Gold in the centerpiece 100m Dash in Hanoi, has only ever been surpassed by the late great Lydia De Vega Mercado who has 3 wins. In Cambodia next year Kayla will try and match this great feat.

Richardson whose mother hails from Zamboanga Sibugay was both concurrently the 2015 Junior and Senior Female Athlete of the Year, the only athlete besides Zion Nelson to ever achieve the double award.

Kayla still holds the Philippine Junior Record in the 100m at 11.65. 

Richardson’s MVP title also marks the end of Kristina Knott four year winning streak as MVP Female mainly due to being sidelined by an injury, with Knott expected to return to regular competition this coming season.

Richardson beat out Sarah Dequinan who took silver and broke the Filipino Record in Heptathlon, Christine Hallasgo for silver in SEA Games Marathon, and Shiloh Corrales-Nelson for setting the Philippine Record in Hammer.

  1. Kayla Richardson
  2. Sarah Dequinan
  3. Shiloh Corrales-Nelson
  4. Christine Hallasgo

Kayla Richardson Regains her SEA Games Title in 100M

Kayla Richardson after 7 years finally regains her SEA Games 100m title!!! In the most dramatic of races the top 4 only .07 apart. She narrowly held off Veronica Shanti of Singapore who won the 200m on the 1st day. Kayla Richardson clocked 11.60, Shanti 11.62, and Poolkred of Thailand 11.66 for bronze. The Teenage sprinter Valentin of Indonesia was 4th in 11.67.




3 738 SUPANICH POOLKERD 28/11/1997 THAILAND 11.66 96


5 737 ON-UMA CHATTHA 27/03/1997 THAILAND 11.80 98

6 852 HOANG DU Y 19/7/2004 VIETNAM 11.94 99

7 322 AZREEN NABILA BINTI ALIAS 29/06/2000 MALAYSIA 11.99 100


Kayla Richardson Big PB Philippines 23.19 in 200m behind Olympic 5th Placer Marie Ta Lou

Kayla Richardson the 2015 SEA Games 100m Champion and 200m Silver Medalist roared away to the SEA Season lead in the 200m shattering her long-time personal best of 23.67 from the 2015 SEA Games where she took silver with a time of 23.19! into a -0.4 headwind. At the Oxy Invitational on May 7. Richardson took the lead from her twin sister Kyla who had clocked 23.50 recently.

The 24-year-old Kayla placed 2nd and was just half a second behind Olympic 5th placer Marie Talou of the Ivory Coast who won in a cruisy 22.68. The Philippine Record of Kristina Knott stands at 23.01, Zion Nelson had run 23.18, so Kayla now ranks 3rd on the Philippines All-Time Lists.

With the world championship qualifying mark at 22.80. It is now a competitive playing field in Philippines Athletics in women’s sprints.

Kayla will participate in the 100 and 200 next week at the Hanoi SEA Games as well as join the 4×100 team of Kyla, Robyn Brown, and Eloiza Luzon.

Kayla Richardson 11.57 PB

2015 SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson set a new PB of 11.57 at the West NCAA Div 1 Final in Bryan-College Station, Texas. This broke her PB on May 16 of 11.65 when she won at the Big West meet and her 11.65 from 2014 at the CIF Finals which is still the Philippine Junior National Record.

Kayla, 23 representing UC Irvine finished 6th in heat 3. It was won by Twanisha Terry (USC) in 10.99 (+0.8), Ezinne Abba (11.30), Jasmin Reed (11.39), and Madison Meredith (11.42), Taylor Tolen (11.48). Jamaican Kemba Nelson (Oregon) who topped heat 5 in 10.91 had the fastest time in her race had a slight wind-aided (+2.1 m/s).

Unfortunately, the performance did not Kayla into the top 24 to advance to the semi-finals with Kayla finishing 38 out of the 48 entries. She is not entered/qualified in the 200m start list. 

The Performance moves Kayla up to 2nd in the SEA Ranking Lists, behind Kristina Knott at 11.28 for 2021. Before this, she was tied with twin sister Kyla Richardson who has run 11.65 PB this year so far. The qualification for the SEA Games 100m in 2021 in Hanoi is 11.66 (bronze). Knott (11.27), Kayla (11.57), and Kyla (11.65) have all run under 11.66. But the 2 best entries after today are Knott and Kayla.

The performance also moves Kayla from 6th to 4th place on the All-Time List of Filipino Women for 100m behind Knott (11.27), Lydia De Vega (11.28), and Zion Corrales-Nelson (11.42)

Also at the West NCAA Div 1 Finals Filipino Javelin Thrower Cerah Moren threw 45.78m but failed to advance to the next round. In the Div 2 Finals, Kyla Richardson clocked 11.85 finishing 4th in her heat and 11th overall missing out on the final by 2 places.

*Any Media using information from this article must quote Pinoyathletics.info

Kayla Richardson ties her PB with a Big Win at the Big West Championships

16th of May 2021

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 

2015 SEA Games Champion Kayla Anise Richardson secured her 100M PB. With a big win at the Big West Championships at UC Irvine, Los Angeles timing 11.65 (+1.8).

This mark ties her run set 7 years ago of 11.65 at the CIF Finals, which is still the Philippines Junior Record in the 100 Meter Women’s.

The mark is a big improvement on Kayla’s season-best run of 11.80 (-0.2) set at the Jim Bush Legends on March 24.

She now also has the same PB as her sister Kyla Richardson at 11.65. Kyla and Kayla are ranked 6th and 7th on the Philippines All-Time lists in Women’s 100m.

Kayla’s time places her 3rd on the SEA Ranking List behind Kristina Knott (11.28) and Kayla (11.65). Defending SEA Games Champion Le Tu Chinh is 4th in 11.79.

Kayla Richardson representing hosts UC Irvine had clocked a windy 11.84 +3.1 finishing second in her heat and second qualifying into the finals behind Hailey Murdica of California Fullerton on Friday. 

Kayla made it a double winning the 200m in 24.11, after clocking 24.07 to top the heats.  She has run 23.94 so far this year. Her PB is 23.67 in the heats of the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore 200 meters. Where she took the silver medal behind Veronica Shanti Pereira of Singapore in the finals.

The Big West Championships also featured Philippine Hammer Throw record holder Shiloh Corrales-Nelson.


*Any Media using information from this article must quote Pinoyathletics.info

23.94 for Kayla Richardson

23rd April 2021

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 

Kayla Richardson clocked a season’s best of 23.94 (+1.6 m/s) in the 200 Meter at the OC Dual Meet vs. Cal State Fullerton on 23rd April. The mark improved on the 24.19 (-1.2 m/s) she ran on March 24  at the Jim Bush Legends invite in Los Angeles. Kayla’s best time is 23.67 from the heat of the 2015 SEA Games. The performance sees a return to form for Kayla, who has not broken 24 seconds in the 200 meters since 2018.

The 23-year-old Kayla Richardson represents UC Irvine.

Richardson also clocked a wind-aided 11.80 (+2.7 m/s). Meaning she won both the 100 and 200 meters at the meet.

Kayla has run 11.80 (-0.2) this year. She is ranked 4th in the 100 and 2nd in the 200 on the 2021 SEA Ranking Lists.

Sources: https://ucirvinesports.com/news/2021/4/22/womens-track-field-eaters-top-titans-to-win-oc-dual.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0PYfZIxtjbpVStbqOJT588yRKLt4fc6aOYmMr78ZyWAffi3g_gkrwI4Vk

Kayla Richardson – Return to Form

March 27, 2021

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 

2015 SEA Games 100 Meter Champion & Philippines National Junior record holder Kayla Richardson. They made an impressive return to form. Winning the Jim Bush Legends Invitational on March 24. Richardson clocked 11.80 seconds (-0.2) to win narrowly from Maddy Doane (UCLA) at 11.83. No longer with USC. Richardson now represents UC Irvine.


It was a return for form for Kayla. As a starry-eyed 17-year-old was the surprise winner of the blue ribband century dash at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

Richardson’s personal best of 11.65 was set in 2015 when she broke the Philippine Junior record at the CIF meet leading up to the SEA Games, which still stands. The last time Kayla broke 12 seconds was in 2016 when she ran 11.79.

Richardson was a close second in the 200m behind Catherine Leger of UCLA. Leger won in 24.16 to Richardson 24.19. 

Richardson holds a Personal best of 23.67 set in the heats of the 2015 SEA Games. She also currently holds the Philippine Junior and Senior Record in 400m at 53.81.

Both times of 11.80 and 24.19 by Kayla Richardson are season-leading times for the 2021 South East Asian Ranking Lists.

The legendary coach Jim Bush in which meet was named after the legendary coach who died in 2017 and had coached 30 Olympians.

Kayla Richardson  and Sister 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 the 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’s 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.  In 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.


Kayla Richardson

Kayla Richardson’s fast wind-aided

March 25, 2018

Kayla  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.

Kayla Richardson running for USC time improved on her 24.01 SEA lead.

Kayla Richardson’s 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.


Kayla Richardson 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.

Some More Results are to be updated in this article later today; stay posted. Please Bookmark Pinoyathletics and like our page on Facebook, and Follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates on Philippine Athletics.


Kayla Richardson sets 400m National Indoor Record.

Jan 22, 2018

Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 

Kayla Richardson

Kayla 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 and is competing for the University of Southern California. 

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

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

Kayla Richardson currently holds the Philippine Junior Record in the 100m (11.65) and 400m (53.81) and the Philippine Record in the 400m outdoor (53.81) also. Kayla Richardson 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 Richardson an early season 53.9, which is near her PB, not bad for a first race of the season. Kayla Richardson is currently being guided by the 1992 Olympic Champion Quincy Watts.


Official Results Here

SEA Game 2015 Results





Leave a Comment