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LEONARD BYRD
Event: 400m
Height: 5-11
Weight: 157
PR: 44.45 (2002)
Born: March 17, 1975 in Fort Rocker, Ala.
Current Residence: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: John Marshall HS (Tex.) 93
College: UT-San Antonio 98
Coach: George Williams
Agent:
John Nubani
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2001 World Outdoor 4x400m relay gold medalist2001 USA Outdoor runner-up

The most decorated student-athlete from the University of Texas-San Antonio, Byrd finished his career as a three-time All-American in the 400m. He owns the school record in the 200m (21.98) and 400m (47.09) indoors, as well as the 400m (44.88) outdoors. He also shares in four relay records, 4x100 (indoors & outdoors), 4x400 (outdoors) and 1600m sprint medley relay. The four-time Southland Conference Champion (1994-97) while at UTSA, Byrd returned as an assistant coach for a season in 2000. He has since relocated to Raleigh, N.C. to train full time with George Williams, with a group that includes Jerome Young, LaTasha Colander-Richardson and Michelle Collins. He earned his degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1998Byrds 44.45 PR at Belem was the fastest time by an American in 2002.

2004: 21st in prelims at Olympic Trials (46.11)5th at Belem (45.76)best of 45.76.
2003:
6th at USA Outdoors semifinal (46:04)1st in race #2 in Madrid (45.08)5th at IAAF Japan Grand Prix Outdoors 400m (45.98)best of 45:08.
2002: 4th at USA Outdoors (45.28)1st at Belem (44.45PR)2nd in prelim at Rethymnon (44.80)2nd at Stockholm (44.82)3rd at Rome (45.12)1st at Madrid (45.36)teamed with James Carter, Godfrey Herring and Antonio Pettigrew to place 2nd at World Cup 4x400m relay (2:59.21)ranked #5 in the world, #2 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 44.45PR, AL.
2001: Ran lead leg on World Outdoor Champs 4x400m relay gold medal-winning team (2:57.54)runner-up at USA Outdoors 400m (45.26)3rd at Goodwill Games (45.56)clocked 45.11 in 400m prelims at USA Outdoors4th in semifinal at World Outdoors (45.39)6th at USA Indoors (46.78)5th at adidas Golden Spike Invitational (48.33)ranked #7 in world & #2 U.S. by T&FNbest of 44.83 in Milan.
2000: 8th, Olympic Trials (45.32) best of 45.00.
1999: 6th, 400m semis at USA Outdoors (45.60) best of 45.33.
1998: 6th, 400m semis at USA Outdoors best of 45.62.
1997: 7th, NCAA Outdoors 400m 5th, prelims at USA Outdoors best of 45.63.
1996: 3rd, NCAA Outdoors 400m 8th, 400m semis at Olympic Trials best of 44.88.
1995: 3rd, Olympic Festival 8th, USA Outdoors 7th, NCAA Outdoors 7th, semis at World University Games best of 45.24.
1994: 3rd, prelims at NCAA Outdoors best of 45.70.
1993: Best of 46.75.

12/23/04

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