THIS YEAR: Junior Madisen "Mady" Richards begins her third year with the Trojans competing in the long jump.
2016: Injury forced her to miss much of the season. Opened up by placing fifth with a jump of 19-0.00/5.79m (+3.4w) at Mt. SAC on April 16. Had a season-best leap of 19-0.75/5.81m (nwi) at the Triton Invitational on April 23.. Placed 18th at the Pac-12 Championships with a jump of 17-11 on May 14.
2015: Richards had a wonderful season putting up a win at the first meet of the year, the CSULA Invitational with a jump of 19-00.75. Her new personal best came during the Florida Relays with a jump of 20-1.75 (6.14m) to take second. Richards also placed sixth at the Pac-12 Championships with a jump of 19-10.25/6.05 (+0.5), 21st at the NCAA West Regional with a jump of 19-9.50/6.03 (+1.3) and seventh at the USATF Juniors event in June with a best leap of 18-11.25/5.77m (+1.3). She also competed occasionally in the 100m and 200 meter dashes, finishing first in the 100m dash at the CSULA Invitational with a time of 12.12 (+1.3).
HIGH SCHOOL: Richards graduated with the class of 2014 from Simi Valley High in Simi Valley, Calif. In 2014, she was ranked eighth in the state of California and 19th in the U.S. among high school long jumpers. She placed fifth at the California State Meet with a jump of 19-5.50w...She was a two-time Ventura County Champ, and a three-time Marmonte League champion. Had a PR of 19-7.50 (5.98m) and placed third at the 2014 Mt. SAC Relays on April 19.
PERSONAL: Mady was born on November 15, 1996 in Simi Valley, Calif., to parents Ken and Cindy Richards...At Simi Valley High School, she was a scholar athlete all four years and the recipient of the Ronald Reagan Student Leader Award. She kept her GPA above 4.0 all of high school, and graduated with honors...she was also the ASB President.She is majoring in Human Biology at USC who hopes to become an Orthopedic Surgeon… in 2015 she was placed on the Division 1 All-Academic Team. She has volunteered for the Marcelle Erian Cancer Foundation since seventh grade...Her sports hero is olympic long-jumper Grace Upshaw and Richards hopes to one day jump in the Olympics as well....In her spare time she likes to go to Disneyland and spend time with family and friends...Her favorite movies are anything Disney and her favorite musical artist is Taylor Swift.
CAREER BESTS: Long Jump - 20-1.75/6.14 (20-3.00w)