PR: 400m - 44.57 (2003); 600m -1:18.86i (2001); 800m -1:56.25 (2001)
Born: Oct. 8, 1980
Current Residence: Eden Prairie, Minn.
High School: Eden Prairie High School 99
College: University of Minnesota
Coach: Phil Lundin
Career Highlights: 2003 NCAA Outdoor champion; World Outdoor Championships 4x400m relay gold medalist; placed sixth in the 400m at the 2003 U.S. Championships
A five-time All-American in his collegiate career, Steele won the 2003 NCAA outdoor title in the 400 meters with a school-record time of 44.57that winning time was the fastest in the world at that point of the season and ended up as the fourth-fastest by an American in 2003. Also in 2003, Steele helped Minnesotas 4x400m relay to a second-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in a school-record time of 3:02.33a four-time All-American as a member of the Gophers 4x400m relay, Steele also was the 2003 Big Ten champion in the 600m indoors and he won the Big Ten title in the 4x400m and distance medley relays. Steeles late-season surge earned him a spot in the Team USA 4x400m relay pool for the World Outdoor Championships in Paris, where he and his Minnesota teammate Mitch Potter, ran in the opening round of the mens 4x400m relay to earn gold medals
2003: Pan American Games gold medalist (45.11)1st
at NCAA Outdoors (44.57)6th at USA Outdoors (45.51)ran third leg in
opening round 4x400m relay at World Outdoor Championships to earn a gold
medalwon 400m (44.93) at NCAA Outdoor Midwest Regionalwas a member of the
4x400m relay team that placed 2nd at NCAA Outdoors in a school-record
time of 3:02.33 5th in the 400m at 2003 NCAA Indoorran a leg of the Gophers
4x400m relay that placed fourth in NCAA Indoor and won Big Ten crownwon 400m
title at Big Ten Indoor Championshipsbest of 44.57.
2002: Won his first Big Ten individual outdoor title to win the 400m (46.40)a member of the 4x400m relay team that won the Big Ten Outdoor crown (3:08.59)member of the 4x400m relay team that set a school record (3:05.54) and placed 4th at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America statusclocked a season-best in the 600m (1:20.01) at the Big Ten Indoor Championshipsran a career-best time of 46.15 to finish 2nd Iowa Twilight Invitationalcareer bests in 200m Outdoors (22.09)best of 46.15.
2001: 7th in the 400m in prelims (46.93PR) at the Big Ten Outdoor Championshipsmember of the 4x400m relay team that set the school record (3:06.61i) and earned All-America status by finishing 8th at the NCAA Indoor Championships5th in the 600m (1:18.86) at the Big Ten Indoor Championshipsran a personal-best in the 800m (1:56.25) at the Iowa Twilight to place 9thcareer bests in the 600m Indoors (1:18.86i) and 800m Outdoors (1:56.25)best of 46.93.
2000: redshirted indoor and outdoor seasons