PR: 44.35 (2005)
Born: January 23, 1982 in Marshfield, Wis.
Current Residence: Madison, Wis.
High School: Stratford (Wis.) HS '00
College: University of Wisconsin La Crosse '04
Coach: Mark Guthrie
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Career Highlights: 2006 USA Outdoor champion; 2005 World Outdoor 400m silver medalist, 4x400m relay gold medalist; 2004 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist; 2-time NCAA Division III outdoor 400m champion, 17-time NCAA D-III All-American
Rock followed his landmark 2005 season with a brilliant 2006 campaign highlighted by his impressive 400m win at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis. Rock made his mark on the world stage in a big way in 2005 with his silver medal winning performance in the 400 meters at the World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland, with a personal-best time of 44.35 seconds. Rock also added a gold medal to his collection in Helsinki on Team USA’s 4x400m relay. Having never previously been world ranked, Rock ended the 2005 season ranked #3 in the world (#2 U.S.) by Track & Field News, and in 2006 he won his first U.S. Outdoor title. As a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student-athlete, Andrew Rock was named to Team USA’s 4x400m relay pool for the 2004 Olympic Games after placing sixth in the men’s 400m final at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento. Rock hit the finish line in 44.95 seconds in the final and was later selected for the relay pool by the Team USA coaching staff. He went on to run the third leg for Team USA in the opening round of competition in Athens, and was later awarded a gold medal when the U.S. finished first in the final…Rock qualified for theTrials by winning the 400m dash June 5 at the Jim Bush Southern California Championships, where he set a meet record and personal best with a winning time of 44.66, breaking the record of 46.29 set by Jerome Davis in 2003. A 2003 and 2004 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American First Team selection, Rock won the 400-meter dash and was a member of UW-L’s national champion 4x400-meter relay at the 2004 NCAA III Outdoor Championships. He became the sixth student-athlete in NCAA III history to capture back-to-back national 400-meter outdoor titles with his winning time of 45.58. Rock, a finance major with a 3.61 grade point average, finished second in 2001 and 2002 at the NCAA Div. III Championships. He also earned three career All-America honors in the outdoor 200-meter dash, finishing eighth in 2001, second in 2002 and first in 2003. Rock holds nine UW-L (four individual; five relays) and six WIAC records (three individual; three relays)…a finance major in college.
Olympic Trials quarter-finalist (DNF)
2007: 5th in semis at USA Outdoors (45.40)...4th at Reebok Grand Prix (45.84)...5th at Stockholm (45.12)...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 45.12.
2006: USA Outdoor Champion (44.45)...1st at adidas Classic (44.83)...2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (44.82)...2nd at Paris (45.02)...5th at Rome (44.82)...2nd at London (44.81)...ranked #4 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 44.45.
2005: Won silver medal at World Outdoor Champs (44.35PR)...4x100m relay gold medalist at World Outdoors (2:56.91, lead leg)...3rd at USA Outdoor Champs (44.70)...2nd at Kingston, JAM (44.75)...ranked #3 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 44.35.
2004: Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist in running opening round third leg (44.81) as the team finished in 2:59.306th at U.S. Olympic Trials (44.95)NCAA Div. III Outdoor champ (45.58)NCAA Div. III Indoor champ (46.42)NCAA Div. III Outdoor 4x400m relay champ(NCAA record, 3:08.21)NCAA Div. III Indoor 4x400m champ (anchor, 3:12.79)1st at Jim Bush Southern California Championships (44.66PR)ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 44.66.
2003: NCAA Div. III Outdoor 400m (45.29) and 4x400 (3:13.68) champNCAA Outdoor 200m champ (21.07)NCAA Division III indoor champ (46.96) and 4x400 champ (3:13.68)...6th in semifinal at USA Outdoors (46.13) best of 45.29.
2002: NCAA Div. III Outdoor runner-up (46.08)NCAA Div. III Indoor champ (47.47)2nd in 200m at NCAA Outdoors (21.21)bests of 20.91 & 46.08.
2001: 2nd at NCAA Div. III Outdoor Championships (46.52)2nd at NCAA Division III Indoors (48.63)...best of 46.52.