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Richardson wins gold

Jason Richardson credits a nagging hamstring injury that sidelined him last season with giving him a new outlook on training.
Jason Richardson credits a nagging hamstring injury that sidelined him last season with giving him a new outlook on training.

South Carolina junior Jason Richardson won his first NCAA 110m hurdles title on his third try after finishing as the bronze medalist twice at Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.

Richardson crossed the finish line first at 13.40 with a -1.0 wind. Richardson remains undefeated as a collegiate this season with his first NCAA title after finishing as the bronze medalist in 2005 and 2006. He was the NCAA runner-up indoors this season.

Richardson is a six-time All-American during his career at Carolina. He has a personal best of 13.21 this season (NCAA East Region Championship final win) which is the second-best time in school history (Terrence Trammell, 2000, 13.19 when he won the silver medal at the USA Olympic Trials).

"Time doesn't mean anything when it comes to the finals. I noticed the winds when I was warming up and let go of the goals on time and went for the win. I weight about 25 lbs. anyway so I felt it a lot. I kept my head down and drove," said Richardson. "I felt TyAkins midway (2007 NCAA Champion from Auburn) and knew Drew Brunson was there as well, but I couldn't see him (2008 NCAA indoor champion). I have had trouble with my start because of nerves. The latter part of my race is my strength so I let it carry me there. I am happy for the win. It's a win that's delayed, but not denied."

Sophomore Brandi Cross finished sixth in the 400m finals and the women's 4x400m relay won the bronze medal.

The Gamecock men finished 18th - the highest NCAA finish for any Gamecock team this year - and the women finished 22nd. The Gamecock women had been in the top 12 the last 13 years straight. It's the highest men's finish since 2003 when the Gamecocks finished 10th.

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