Event: 200m, 400m
PR: 200m – 21.08 (2011); 400m – 44.75 (2012)
Current Residence: Eugene, Ore.
High School: Rainier Beach High School (Seattle, Wash.)
College: University of Oregon ‘14
Coach: Robert Johnson
2011 World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist
2010 World Junior 4x400m champion
2010 USATF National Junior 400m champion (46.13)
2012 NCAA Indoor 400m champion (45.93)
2011 Pac-10 Outdoor 400m champion (44.91)
3rd at 2011 NCAA Outdoor 400m (45.18)
Awards and Honors
Oregon school record holder in the 400m (44.91)
Two-time NCAA All-American
Michael Berry has emerged as one of the top young long sprinters in the country over the past two years. He recorded the third-fastest time in the nation in 2012 (44.75), which came after turning heads at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships with his 4x400m semi-final split of 43.83. Berry grew up in Seattle, Wash., where he attended Rainier Beach High School and had an illustrious track career. Over the course of his junior and senior seasons, he collected three Washington state titles and went undefeated in the 200m and 400m his senior year. In his freshman year at the University of Oregon, he quickly broke one of the oldest records in Oregon’s book: At the 2011 Pac-10 Championship, he ran 44.91 in the 400 to take over a record of 45.07 that was set in 1960 by two-time Olympic gold medalist Otis Davis.
2012: NCAA runner-up (44.75); 2nd at Pac-12 Championships (45.85); 1st at Texas A&M Challenge in 200m (21.43i); 1st at NCAA Indoors in 400m (45.93); 1st at Texas A&M Challenge in 4x400m (3:09.79i); 1st at Don Kirby Elite Invite in 4x400m (3:09.38); finished sixth in semi-final heat of Olympic Trials (46.29)
2011: Ran semi-final leg in 43.83 on World Outdoor 4x400m gold medal; 5th in 400m at USA Outdoors (45.22); 3rd in 400m at NCAA Outdoors (45.18); PAC-10 400m champion (44.91).
2010: USATF National Junior Olympics 400m champion (46.13); 4th in 400m at USA Juniors (46.39); Ran leg on U.S. winning 4x400m relay at World Juniors (3:04.76); Recorded the second-fastest high school 400m time in the nation.
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - 400m, 45.93 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 12 in the world); Outdoor bests - 400m, 44.75 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 9 in the world)
2011: Outdoor bests – 400m, 44.91 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 17 in the world)
2010: Outdoor bests – 400m, 46.13 (No. 42 in the USA)