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Jessica Beard

Jessica Beard

Event: 400m
Height: 5-8
Weight: 130
PR: 50.56 (2009)
Born: 01/08/1989
Current Residence: College Station, Texas
Hometown: Euclid, Ohio
High School: Euclid HS ‘07
College: Texas A&M ‘11
Coach: Vince Anderson
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Sponsor: adidas
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USA Championships
Third at 2009 USA Outdoors (50.81)
Three-time USA Junior champion – 2006 (51.89); 2007 (52.19); 2008 (52.23)
 
International Championships
Two-time World Outdoor 4x400m relay gold medalist – 2009, 2011
2008 World Junior silver medalist (52.09)
 
Collegiate Championships
2011 NCAA Outdoor champion (51.10)
2011 NCAA Indoor champion (50.79)
2010 NCAA Outdoor runner-up (51.02)
2009 NCAA Outdoor runner-up (50.56)
 
Awards and Honors
2011 Bowerman Award winner
 
About Jessica
Beard in 2011 capped off a standout career at Texas A&M with a pair of individual NCAA titles and adding two relay golds as well. For her efforts she won the 2011 Bowerman Award as the country’s top collegiate track athlete. A native of Euclid, Ohio, in high school Beard shattered the state record in the 400m by dropping 2.54 seconds from it all the way down to 51.63. She also picked up letters in basketball and cross country while graduating with honors and a member of the National Honor Society. She has three older brothers – Terrell, Brian and Jerrell – and earned a degree in psychology from Texas A&M. 
Results
2012:
6th at London (52.08); 8th at Olympic Trials (51.52); 6th at adidas Grand Prix (51.19); 3rd at Ponce Classic (51.25); 1st at UM Hurricane Invitational in 4x400m (3:35.62). 
2011: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (3:18.09); 4th at USA Outdoors (51.06); NCAA Outdoor Champion (51.10); NCAA Indoor Champion (50.79); ran on the Texas A&M NCAA Champion 4x100m indoor and 4x400m outdoor teams; Big 12 champion (52.95).
2010: 2nd at NCAA Outdoors (51.02); Big 12 outdoor champion (52.08); 2nd at NCAA Indoors (52.08); Big 12 indoor champion (51.15).
2009: 5th in semifinals at World Outdoors (51.20); 3rd at USA Outdoors (50.81); NCAA Outdoor runner-up (50.56); 1st at Midwest Regionals (51.24); Big 12 champion (51.53); NCAA Indoor runner-up (51.77).
2008: World Junior runner-up (52.09); USA Junior champion (52.23); 4th at NCAA Champs (51.75); 1st at Midwest Regionals (51.47); Big 12 champion (51.09); 3rd at NCAA Indoors (52.48).
2007: 3rd at Pan Am Juniors (51.91); USA Junior champion (52.19); Nike Outdoor National champion (52.43).
2006: 5th at World Juniors (52.51); USA Junior champion (51.89); Nike Outdoor National champion (52.04); Golden West champion (52.16).
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2011: Indoor bests – 400m, 50.79 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests – 51.06 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 24 in the world)
2010: Indoor bests – 400m, 52.08 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 17 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.02 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 22 in the world)
2009: Indoor bests – 400m, 51.77 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 4 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 50.56 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 15 in the world)
2008: Indoor bests – 400m, 52.48 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 23 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.09 (No. 8 in the USA, No. 27 in the world)
2007: Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.63 (No. 13 in the USA)
2006: Outdoor bests – 400m, 51.89 (No. 14 in the USA)
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