Westmoore’s Jaquan Richardson – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

By John Tranchina

For Jaquan Richardson, this has been a successful track and field season so far, but the Westmoore sophomore knows that there is a lot more work left to do.

After winning the 400-meter dash at the Kathy Scoville Memorial Track Meet at Edmond Deer Creek on Apr. 5, Richardson knows he is in good position heading into the Class 6A state meet.

“I’ve been doing well, this is probably one of my best seasons, to be honest,” said Richardson, who also participates in each of the sprinting relays. “I am number one in my class right now for (the 400) and I think I’m like fifth or sixth overall, but the times aren’t something major, I could beat the people ahead of me, so I think I have a pretty good chance of making the podium this year.”

Richardson, who has been running since the third or fourth grade, knows it will take a lot of hard work to reach that goal.

“Really, it comes down to practice, putting in the time, my work ethic, effort, these next couple of weeks,” he said. “One of our coaches, he was helping with our technique and how we run, like for the 400, how we should pace ourselves. I’m just pushing myself harder and harder every day, so I can win state.”

He also feels optimistic about his team’s chances of contending at the state meet, particularly after the Jaguars finished third overall at the Deer Creek meet, behind Union and Edmond Santa Fe. Westmoore placed second in both the 4×400 and 4×200 relays at Deer Creek, by two and three seconds, respectively, behind Union in each.

“Two weeks ago, we were number one in the state for the 4×4, and right now, I think we’re sitting at number two behind Union,” said Richardson, who also plays football at Westmoore. “We’re in pretty good shape right now, behind Union, and at the Deer Creek meet, we weren’t too far behind them. I think we have a pretty good chance at state.”