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DANNY McCRAY
Event: 400m
Born: March 11, 1974, in Aberdeen, Md.
Current Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
PRs: 400m 44.81 (1996)
High School: Ellison HS, Killeen, Texas '92
College: Texas A&M '97
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Coach: John Smith
Agent: Emanuel Hudson
Club: Nike
Career Highlights: 6th, 2000 Olympic Trials; 4-time Texas state 400 meter champ.

Originally a high jumper/long jumper, McCray joined his high school track team because "I didn't really have anything else to do." When the team's sprinter got hurt, the coach
asked McCray to fill in for him...he says, "My mouth got me into the quarter. The coach stepped on the bus and asked for a volunteer to run the 400. No one wanted to run. I said, 'I am NOT going to run the 400!' The coach said, 'Oh, you're not? Well, just for that, you're going to run it.' I won it in 49.9"...of college, he says, "I was always doing so many things, I never got a chance to concentrate on the 400"...earned degree in sociology, with minor in marketing..."I'm trying to do everything I can do to become the world's greatest 400m runner. The best decision I've made is to come here and train with John Smith." ...says that Smith tried to recruit him for UCLA when he was in high school: "Four years later, at the Olympic Trials, after cramping up in the second round, I sat down with John and decided this is what I wanted to do. It was so clear to me at the time. I didn't want to spend the rest of my life wondering 'what if?' "

2000: 6th at Olympic Trials...selected for Olympic Team 4x400m relay pool (did not compete)...3rd at Simplot Games (48.31)...ranked 7th U.S...best of 45.00.
1999: 5th at USA Outdoors...2nd at Pan American Games...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 44.83.
1998: 3rd in Edwardsville GP (45.04)...3rd in Lausanne GP (45.09)... did not finish final at USA Champs (44.87 won semi)...ranked #10 in world (#6 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 44.87.
1997: 4th in 400 (45.75), 3rd in 200 (21.26w) at Big 12...2nd in heat (46.08) at NCAA...5th in 400 semi (45.17) at USA Champs... best of 44.95.
1996: 2nd in SWC (44.81 PR)...did not finish quarterfinal at Olympic Trials (45.75 heat)...best of 44.81.
1995: redshirt year; did not compete.
1994: 7th in 400 heat (49.69) at NCAA...6th in semi (45.86) at USA Champs...best of 45.69.
1993: Did not finish 400 heat at NCAA... best of 45.4, plus 20.70 at 200.
1992: Won National Scholastic 400 (46.62) and 200 (21.48)...2nd (45.74 PR) at USA Juniors; 7th in 200 heat... missed Texas state meet because of injury...best of 45.74.
1991: Won 400 at Texas state meet...best of 46.13.
1990: Won 400 at Texas state meet...best of 46.34.
1989: Won 400 at Texas state meet...best of 47.52

1/25/01