The Inspiration Behind the Track Named After Sprinter Sha’carri Richardson in Dallas

Sha’Carri Richardson has a track named after her in the Dallas area, where she attended elementary, middle, and high school. Richardson went to Carter High School, which is located one mile south of the racetrack.

Following a majority vote of the Dallas Independent School District board last Thursday, the track in the John Kincaide Stadium at the Jesse Owens Athletic Complex will be known as the “Sha’Carri Richardson Track.”

On social media, the 23-year-old runner showed her gratitude, writing, “This means so much if you are from the city; you know the stadium is rooted in memories. I’m literally speechless.”

Lauren Cross, Richardson’s former high school track coach at Carter High School in Oak Cliff, told Fox4 News, “It’s great news. Actually, I think it’s well deserved. Sha’Carri has had the opportunity to run on that track since she was 9 years old.”

“To have the track named after them, it’s just a good representation and example to the younger kids to show them to just keep pushing their dreams. Keep working for it and you never know what could happen,” Cross added.

According to the district’s website, naming the track after her serves “as a tribute to Richardson’s remarkable achievements in sports and significant ties to the Dallas community.”

According to Runner’s World, Carter High School alum Richardson won the Texas state 100-meter titles as a sophomore, junior, and senior, as well as the 200-meter titles as a junior and senior. After winning the NCAA 100-meter title as a freshman at Louisiana State University, she went pro in 2019.

According to, it is an appropriate accolade for the 23-year-old, who refined her racing skills in Dallas since she was an eight-time state champion at Carter High School.

Richardson became one of the world’s fastest women when she ran the 100 meters in 10.65 seconds at the World Championships in Budapest in August.

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