PRs: 800m 1:45.39 (2002); 1,500m 3:51.38 (2002)
Born: February 13, 1981
Current Residence: Oakton, Va.
High School: Cheyenne Central HS (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
College: University of Pennsylvania 03
Coach: Charlie Powell
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Career Highlights: 2003 NCAA champion; 2002 NCAA
runner-up; 5-time NCAA All-American, 7-time Heps champion
Burley bounced back with a strong season in 2006, finishing in the top five in the 800 meters at both the AT&T USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and he is now a training partner of U.S. middle distance star Alan Webb. In the 2004 Olympic Trials semifinals Burley posted the fastest time in the field before placing 7th in the final. The sixth-place finisher at the 2003 USA Outdoor Championships, Burley was named to Team USA for the 2003 World Outdoor Championships when third-place finisher Jonathan Johnson of Texas Tech – whom Burley had beaten by just .01 seconds to win the NCAA title – declined his spot. Burley was the next-highest place finisher with the IAAF “A” standard…As a freshman in high school, Burley finished last in every race, with a best time of 2:26 in the 800. As a sophomore, he was added to the 4x800m relay team that won the state title, and dropped his time dramatically. “He went from like 2:20 to 2:00,” his father says, noting that his son’s competitiveness is his strength: “Even when he was little, his brother and sister hated to play with him – he’d just freak out if he lost”…Burley’s unassuming physical presence sometimes catches opponents off-guard: “When I first started winning some races, people knew my name going into races. People would look at me and act like, ‘No way you’re Sam Burley.’ They didn’t believe it was me.’…At the 2002 Heptagonal Championships, Burley went through the rounds and ran the 800, 1500, and 4x400. His 20.5 points gave Penn just enough of a cushion to lead them to the title…USATF Athlete of the Week June 2002…environmental science major at Penn.
2007: USA Indoors runner-up (1:49.42).
2006: 3rd at USA Indoors (1:48.54)…4th at USA Outdoors (1:45.93)…4th at adidas Track Classic (1:47.00)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 1:45.93. 2005: 6th in semis at USA Outdoors (1:49.77)…best of 1:46.70.
2004: 7th at Olympic Trials (1:46.84)…2nd at Drake Relays (1:49.42)…8th in 1000m at adidas Boston Indoor Games (2:24.03)…5th at Malmo (1:46.45)…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 1:46.45.
2003: NCAA Outdoor champion (1:46.50) … 6th at USA Outdoors (1:47.59)…disqualified in opening round at World Outdoor Championships for running on the line in the first turn…3rd at NCAA Indoors (1:48.25)…runner-up in ‘B’ race at Heusden (1:46.17) …best of 1:46.17.
2002: NCAA runner-up (1:45.39PR) … Heps 1,500m champion, 2nd in 800 … 7th at NCAA Indoors (1:50.61) … ranked 6th in U.S. by T&FN … bests of 1:45.39, 3:51.38.
2001: 7th at NCAA Outdoors … Heps 800m champion … ran well despite having an injury-riddled year … best of 1:48.16.
2000: 13th at NCAA Outdoors … best of 1:48.23.