Lachi (Morse) Richards - Woodland, CA

Track and Field - 1980, 1983


Lachi is a gifted athlete that used her athletic drive and perseverance to achieve goals not only on the track but also through the hardships of her life and to the benefit of those not as fortunate.

An outstanding sprinter at Sanger High School, Lachi was an exciting recruit for Coach Kirk Freitas. She set records in every event she competed in; 100 meter-11.9 (still stands), 200 meters-24.2 and the 4x100 meter relay-48.2. She was undefeated in the Golden State Conference in the 100 meter during her 1980 season.

Upon her graduation from CSU, Chico as a Civil Engineer in fall 1983, she remained in Chico and trained to compete in the 1984 Olympic Trials. Her best time of 11.74 in the 100 meters, missed the qualifying time by 0.08 seconds. Lachi continued to train and compete through the 1988 Olympic Trials when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was unable to compete thereafter.

Lachi currently owns and operates an engineering consulting business. She has always been known for her integrity and her commitment and devotion to making the world a fairer and more compassionate place. Her accomplishments are remarkable and even more remarkable for a person with disabilities.