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MELISSA MORRISON-HOWARD
Event: 100mH

Height: 5-4

Weight: 115

PRs: 60mH (indoors) - 7.83 (1998); 100mH - 12.53 (1998 & 2004)

Born: July 9, 1971, in Mooresville, N.C.

Current Residence: Columbia, S.C.

High School: Brown HS (N.C.) 89

College: Appalachian State 93

Coach: Sylvanues Hepburn

Agent: Mark Wetmore

Club: adidas

Career Highlights: Two-time Olympic bronze medalist (00 & 04); 1997 U.S. Outdoor champion; 4-time U.S. Indoor champion (98, 99, 00, 02)

Morrison-Howard became the only two-time American medalist in 100m hurdles at the Olympic Games after winning her second bronze in Athens2003 and 2002 were comeback years for Morrison-Howard, coming off of injuriesin June of 2001 she pulled a hamstring during a meet at Georgia Tech, shortly before the U.S. Outdoor Championships, and she struggled through the remainder of the seasonshe came back to form at the 2002 U.S. Indoor Championships, where she won her fourth U.S. title in the 60m hurdlesconsiders her 2000 Olympic bronze medal a gold-medal performanceshe seriously sprained her ankle in March of that year and was unable to train for one monthbefore the Olympics, she could not get into A races on the Grand Prix circuit...Morrison-Howard is from an athletic family (five brothers and two sisters): her brothers played football, and her sisters and her mother played basketballshe started running track in seventh grade because her cousin, April Graham, had made it look easy and funin her sophomore year, her coach, Ricky Holt, saw her playing around with the hurdles; by the next week she was a confirmed hurdleras a prep, she won four North Carolina state titlesshe graduated from Appalachian State with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in human resources and personnelshe spends her spare time reading and surfing the Internet... is the smallest among world-class hurdlers...when not working out in off season, her weight typically drops to 105...trains in Columbia, S.C. with Allen Johnson...married Josephus Howard in October 2004.

2005: 2nd at Santo Domingo (12.86)...6th at Reebok Grand Prix (12.87)...5th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (12.93)...7th in 100mH at adidas Track Classic (13.04)...ranked #7 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 12.86
2004:
Olympic Games bronze medalist (12.56)tied her PR in semifinals at Olympic Games (12.53)3rd at Olympic Trials (12.61)8th at USA Indoors 60mH (8.93i)1st at Home Depot (12.44w)1st at Linz (12.68)2nd Zurich (12.60)1st at Sea Ray Relays (12.93)1st at Martinique (12.63)3rd in 60mH at adidas Boston Indoor Games (8.03i)3rd in 60mH at Verizon Millrose Games (8.03i)...ranked #5 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 12.53.
2003:
USA Indoors runner-up at 60mH (7.88)World Indoor bronze medalist (7.92)4th at USA Outdoors (12.70)2nd at adidas Boston Indoor Games 60mH (8.05)2nd at Verizon Millrose Games 60mH (7.95)2nd at Tyson Foods Invitational 60mH (7.94)2nd at adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors (12.96)5th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (12.70)1st at Zagreb (12.72)1st at Gateshead (12.80)ranked #7 in the world (#4 U.S.) by T&FNbest in 60mH (7.88) & in 100mH (12.70).
2002: Won U.S. Indoor 60mH (7.91)7th at USA Outdoors (13.11)5th at Rome in 12.79adidas Boston Indoor Games (8.04)...1st at Osaka (12.81)ranked #10 in the world (#6 U.S.)best of 12.79.
2001: Won New Balance Invitational (7.96)won at Tyson Foods Invitational (8.04) and adidas Golden Spike Invitational (8.01)3rd at U.S. Indoors (8.13)7th in opening round at USA Outdoors (13.39)1st at Mt. SAC (12.82)6th at Goodwill Games (13.08)ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FNbests of 12.82 & 7.96i.
2000: Olympic bronze medalist (12.76)...2nd at Olympic Trials (12.63)...won 60 meters hurdles at USA Indoors (7.86), adidas DC Invitational (8.09) and Air Force Millrose Games (7.94)... in Golden League competition, finished 2nd at Monaco (12.66) and Berlin (12.67), finished 3rd at Zurich (12.73) and 5th at Rome (12.85)... ranked #4 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.57.
1999: Won 60mH at USA Indoors... 5th at World Indoors... 7th at USA Outdoors (14.19w)... ranked #5 in world (#2 in U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.67, 12.55w.
1998: Won 60mH at USA Indoor (7.87)...4th at USA Outdoors (12.98)...won six Grand Prix meets...recorded PR 12.53 to win at Stockholm...nine clockings under 12.70...placed 2nd at GP Final (12.63), becoming the only American to beat top world ranked Glory Alozie of Nigeria (3rd)... ranked #3 in world (#1 in U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.53.
1997: Won USA Outdoors (12.61)...4th in heat at World Champs (13.11)... 2nd at USA Indoor (7.93 PR)...ranked #4 in world (#1 in U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.61.
1996: 8th in Olympic Trials...ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 12.92.
1995: 5th in semis at USA Outdoors...won Olympic Festival...ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 13.05.
1994: 8th in semis at USA Outdoors...best of 13.24.
1993: 3rd in 55mH at NCAA Indoor (7.68)...won at the Southern Conference Champs in the hurdles, also the 100 (11.45 PR), 200 (24.07), long jump (20-5.25 PR), triple jump (41-2 PR) and 4x100...3rd in semis at NCAA. Outdoors...best of 13.24.
1992: Won 100mH, LJ, TJ and 4x100 at Southern Conference...placed 7th in semis at NCAA outdoors...did not finish her heat at Olympic Trials...best of 13.38.

1/19/06

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