Event: 400m hurdles
PR: 48.43 (2000)
Born: April 17, 1980 in Houston, Texas
Current Residence: Waco, Texas
High School: Westbury (Houston, TX) HS '97
College: Baylor '01
Coach: Clyde Hart
Agent: Emanuel Hudson
Career Highlights: 1999, 2001 NCAA 400m hurdles champion; 2-time NCAA 4x400m relay champion ('00, '01); 3-time Big 12 Conference champion.
One of the rising young talents in U.S. Track & Field, Kamani enjoyed a sterling prep career at Westbury High School in Houston, where he was the state champion in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles his senior year. He is the Texas state record holder in the 300m with a career prep best of 35.76, and he broke the national HS record holder in the 400 hurdles (50.8). Kamani received the Houston scholar athlete award and earned high school All-American honors in the 300 and 400 meter hurdleswas the state runner-up at 300m hurdles his junior seasonhis sister, Nzingah was also a hurdler at Baylormajored in information systems at Baylorqualified for the final in the men's 400m hurdles at the NCAA Championships three straight yearsBayano and teammate Michael Smith finished 1-2 respectively at the 2001 NCAA Outdoors, the first time any school has swept the first two positions in that event at a single championship. After winning, Bayano told Track & Field News, "It feels really good to be back on top," he said. "I didn't realize how good it feels to walk back up on the awards stand. It's a lot different being 1st than 2nd."
2002: Best of 50.42 in Martinique.
2001: NCAA champion (48.99)ran second leg (45.8) on Baylor's NCAA Championship 4x400m relay team (3:03.89)5th at USA Outdoors (49.18)1st at Big 12 Outdoors (49.22) 1st at Drake Relays (49.49)ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 48.99.
2000: 2nd at NCAA Outdoors (48.93)1st at Big 12 Outdoorsran 2nd leg of NCAA Championships 4x400m relay that finished in 3:01.46; 7th in semifinals at U.S. Olympic Trials (50.50)ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 48.43.
1999: NCAA Outdoor champ (48.68)ran 2nd leg on 3rd place NCAA Outdoor 4x400m relay team that finished in (3:02.73)Big 12 Conference champ2nd at U.S. Juniors (50.31) 2nd at World University Gamesranked #8 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 48.68.
1998: Dnf at NCAA Outdoorsthird in opening round at Big 12 Outdoors6th in opening round at U.S. Junior Champs...3rd at Drake Relays (48.86)best of 49.86.
1997: National Scholastic 400m hurdle championbest of 50.82.