DES MOINES, IOWA — Ohio Northern University alum Emily Richards advanced to the semifinals in the women’s 800-meter run at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Richards is less than one month removed from capping her collegiate career with her third straight Division III 800 and 1,500 national titles — her eighth and ninth championship overall.

Richards finished fourth in her heat and 13th overall in 2:03.35.

The top four fastest times in each of the two semifinals heats reach Saturday’s final.

A few hours prior, Richards signed a professional contract with HOKA NY-NJ Track Club out of Westchester, New York.