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Michael Cherry
Position: Sprints
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
High School: Oscar Smith

PERFORMANCE RESULTS

 

Enters sophomore season as one of the nation's premier 400-meter sprinters after earning All-American honors as a member of FSU’s NCAA Indoor Championships 4x400 relay…Cherry qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400 with a lifetime-best mark of 45.37, but was unable to compete due to injury…recovered in time to win gold at the World Junior Championships as member of USA’s 4x400 relay team.

2014: Despite competing in just four outdoor meets, celebrated his freshman season by running the No. 7 time in FSU history for 400 meters (45.37), which he registered at the NCAA East Preliminary meet…it was the fastest 400 by any junior athlete in the world…the mark qualified him for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, but an nagging injury prevented him from competing…helped the Seminoles to the ACC Outdoor Championships team title by placing fifth in the 400 and contributing a monster led to the title-clinching 4x400 relay third-place finish…carried the baton on the third leg of FSU’s 4x400 relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which earned All-American honors by placing seventh…that performance earned the Seminoles a fourth-place team finish…ran only the 4x400 relay at the ACC Indoor Championships, helping the Noles to the team title…ran a season-best 46.57 at the Razorback Invitational to place sixth overall, which ranks No. 4 indoors in FSU history.

Personal: Was one of the nation’s most celebrated long sprinters out of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va….gave up basketball to focus on track early in his career and went on to claim eight Virginia State titles, ranging from 200 to 500 meters...set the national high school 300-meter record indoors in 2013 (33.05) on the way to a state title...is a three-time New Balance National champion, claiming the 2012 and 2013 outdoor titles in the 400, as well as the 2013 indoor 400 crown...boasted high school PRs of 10.79 (100), 21.32 (200), 46.02 (400) and 1:53.1 (800)...born March 23, 1995.

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