PR: 44.99 (2008)
Born: May 31, 1985 in Pasadena, Calif.
Current Residence: Waco, Texas
High School: Wheeler (Marietta, Ga) HS ‘03
College: Florida ’05; Baylor ‘07
Coach: Mark Ford
Agent: Mark Pryor
Career Highlights: 2008 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist; 2007 Big 12 200m champion; 2006 Big 12 Outdoor 400m champion; ran 1st leg on Baylor 2007 NCAA Outdoor champ 4x400m relay.
With his fourth-place 400m finish at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Witherspoon qualified for a roster spot on the Team USA 4x400m relay pool for the Olympic Games in Beijing, where he ran in the opening round of the competition and was awarded a gold medal when Team USA finished first in the final. Witherspoon bettered the 45-second barrier for the first time in his career when he won his semifinal at the 2008 Olympic Trials in 44.99. Witherspoon’s previous best placing at the national championships prior to 2008 was in 2007 when he finished seventh in the semi-finals at Indianapolis. The 2007 Big 12 Conference Outdoor 200m champion and 400m runner-up, Witherspoon is best known for his prowess as a relay runner, who competed for Baylor at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2005, 2006 & 2007, with the Bears placing fourth, third and first respectively. The 2003 Georgia Athlete of the Year as a prep star in Marietta, Ga., Witherspoon was a 16-time HS All-American...2001 4x400-meter intermediate boys national record holder...Set school, county, region, state and national indoor records in the sprints...2003 national indoor champion (200 meters and 400 meters)...2001 national champion...1999, 2000, 2002 national runner-up...Recorded bests in high school of 10.58 in the 100 meters, 21.11 in the 200 meters and 46.08 in the 400 meters.
4th at Olympic Trials (45.01)…Olympic
4x400m relay gold medalist running the third leg (44.63) as Team USA won its
heat in 2:59.98) 1st in semifinal at Olympic Trials (44.99PR)…ranked
#5 in U.S. by T&FN…best of
2007: 7th in semis at USA Outdoors (45.82)…6th in 200 meters at NCAA Outdoors (21.03)…runner-up 400m at Big 12 Champs…Big 12 200m champion…1st at NCAA Outdoor Champs 4x400m relay…best of 45.56.
2006: 4th in semis at NCAA Outdoors (46.12)…6th in opening round at USA Outdoors (46.94)…Big 12 champion…3rd in 4x400m relay at NCAA Outdoors…best of 35.90
2005: 5th in semis at NCAA Outdoors (45.42)…9th in semis at USA Outdoors (48.67)…4th in 4x400m relay at NCAA Outdoors…best of 45.42.
2004: dnf at NCAA Outdoors…dnf at USA Outdoors…4th at SEC Outdoor Champs…best of 45.53.
2003: 3rd at National Scholastic Champs…best of 46.11i
2002: Best of 46.08