Bloomington, Ind. - Former Indiana Track and Field All-American, Rose Richmond became just the second female and 23rd overall IU Track and Field Olympian in school history when she jumped 6.76m/22-2.25 at the Carson (Home Depot) USATF Western Regional Championships on July 24. Richmond, along with Marion Jones and Grace Upshaw will be the U.S.A. representatives in the womens long jump at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The first female IU Olympian was DeDee Nathan who finished ninth in the heptathlon at the 2000 Olympics in Syndey.
At the July 15 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., Akiba McKinney (6.57m/21-6.75) and Richmond (6.56m/21-6.25) finished third and fourth, respectively, but neither met the Olympic standard at the time. Jones and Upshaw earned the first two spots on the team.
After waiting almost three weeks to learn of her official Olympic status, the St. Petersburg, Fla., product finally received word that her opponent, McKinney, did not meet the Olympic Astandard (6.70m/22-2.25) in the womens long jump, therefore allowing Richmond to move on to Athens with the Olympic squad. McKinney was in position make the team due to her higher finish at the trials if she met the Olympic A standard, before August 8th.
During her time at Indiana, Richmond was the 2001 and 2002 outdoor long jump Big Ten champion and the 2003 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the long jump. In addition, she captured her first Big Ten Indoor title in 2003 with a leap of 4.68m/21-3.75, which set a new IU and Gladstein Fieldhouse record. She also holds the IU outdoor record with a mark of 6.57m/21-6.75.
Richmond, a 2003 graduate of IU, also earned All-America honors and Big Ten Champion status from 2000 to 2003 as part of IUs 4x100-meter relay team. The relay team made history when it won the league title in the same event for four-straight years, marking the first time in IU history this has occurred. The other members of this relay team were Danielle Carruthers, who narrowly missed making the Olympic team after taking a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the trials, Rachelle Boone and current Hoosier Ara Towns.
Associate Head Coach Wayne Pate, Richmonds coach during her Hoosier career, said he could not be happier for Richmond.
Rose has worked so hard to get where she is today, said Pate. This is a life-altering experience for her. I am so proud and I know she will represent the U.S.A. very well at the 2004 Summer Olympics.