PR: 400m - 44.49 (2012)
Current Residence: Gainesville, Fla.
Hometown: Suncoast, Fla.
High School: Suncoast (Fla.) High School '09
College: University of Florida '12
Coach: Mellanee Welty
2011 USA Outdoor 400m champion (44.68)
2012 Olympic Trials runner-up (44.49)
2012 Olympic Games 4x400m silver medalist (2:57.05)
2012 NCAA Outdoor champion (44.58)
Two-time NCAA Indoor 400m champion - 2010 (45.74); 2011 (45.77)
2011 SEC Outdoor champion (45.21)
2012 SEC Outdoor champion (45.48)
In an event dominated by American men over the last two decades with names Michael Johnson, Jeremy Wariner and LaShawn Merritt coming to mind, Tony McQuay appears to be the next in a long list of great American quarter-milers. At just 22 years old, McQuay won Olympic silver in the 4x400m and advanced to the semi-finals of the 400m in London. McQuay’s career as a sprinter took off during his time at Suncoast High School where he ran the 100m, 200m and 400m. In his high school years, he captured the FHSAA state title in the 400m (as a senior) and set two school records in the 200m and 400m. McQuay set the 200m record with a time of 21.53 to overtake a record that was previously set by Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears. He also managed to set Suncoast’s record in the 400m (46.84) to claim a record that was once set by DeJuan Morgan, an NFL defensive back who has played for the Chiefs, Colts and Jets. While McQuay had a knack for breaking high school track records that once belonged to professional football players, he also spent time on the gridiron. The speedster was named most outstanding wide receiver, most improved defensive back and best all-around player at Suncoast High School.
2012: Olympic Games 4x400m silver medalist (2:57.05); 4th in semi-final hest at Olympic Games (45.31); Olympic Trials runner-up (44.49); NCAA Outdoor champion 400m (44.58) and on 4x4 team (3:00.02); SEC Outdoor champion in 400m (45.48) and on 4x4 team (3:03.44; NCAA Indoor champion (45.77); 1st at Virginia Tech Elite (47.60); 1st in 200m at Tom Jones Invitational (20.60); Third at London Grand Prix (45.00)
2011: Place sixth in opening heat in 46.76 at World Outdoors; USA Outdoor champion (44.68); SEC Outdoor Championships runner-up (45.87); 3rd at the NCAA Championships (45.14); SEC Indoor champion (45.21); 1st at the Tyson Invitational (45.95)
2010: 6th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (46.50); 4th at SEC Outdoors (45.46); 1st at the NCAA Indoors (45.74); 1st at the Tyson Invitational (46.91)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests – 400m, 45.21 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 10 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 44.49 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA & ranked No. 9 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 400m, 45.21 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 44.68 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Indoor bests – 400m, 45.74 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); Outdoor bests – 400m, 45.37 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 42 in the world)