My name is Madisen (Mady) Richards. I started competing as a long jumper at the age of 7 and am now competing professionally representing the United States. I graduated from the University of Southern California in 2018 with a B.S. in Human Biology, where I was also an NCAA Division I All-American and Team Champion. As I navigate the world of professional track and field, I’m also preparing to apply to medical school where I’d like to specialize in Dermatology. 

career highlights

  • 2018 NCAA Division I All-American
  • 2018 NCAA Division I Team Champion
  • 2021 Top 10 U.S. Ranking
  • 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier

The Journey

“A river cuts through a rock, not because of it’s strength, but its persistence” -unknown

While I have been competing in the sport of Track & Field since I was 7 years old, I was never an age-group record holder or star. Yet, through hard- work, dedication, and a whole lot of faith; I have gone on to become a California High School State medalist, NCAA D1 All-American, NCAA Team Champion, and Olympic Trials Qualifier.

Simi Valley Running Rebels


Simi Valley High School


Univ. of Southern California





2022 is a big year for track and field with the opportunity to qualify for both an indoor and outdoor World Championship. Stay tuned for a more detailed list of competitions on my journey to qualify for Serbia and Oregon! 

World Athletics Indoor Championships

March 18-22, 2022

Stark Arena: Belgrade,Serbia 

World Athletics Outdoor Championships

July 15-24, 2022

University of Oregon: Eugene, Oregon

The Blog

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide” Morgan Harper Nichols 

My journey in the sport of Track and Field, while not over yet, has been far from the straight and narrow. I have faced countless moments of challenge and adversity, and it is those moments that have inspired me to start this blog. From injury, to mental and emotional struggles, balancing school, sports, and a life beyond practice, as well as little things such as a spark of motivation to get you through the week- I hope this blog can serve to be a place where you can find something relatable to guide you, inspire you, or just simply say “someone else has been there.”

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