Junior sprinters shine at USA's; Whalen takes Canadian silver in shot
2006 NCAA Qualifier
Three-time All-American (2005: Indoor & Outdoor 400m, 2006: Outdoor 400m)
Two-time NCAA East Region 400m Champion (2005, 2006)
Four-time ACC 400m Champion (2005, 2006: Indoor & Outdoor)
2006 Indoor ACC 200m Champion
Two-time ACC 4x400m ACC Relay Champion (2005 Indoor & Outdoor)
Seven-time All-ACC (2005: Indoor - 400m, 4x400m relay; Outdoor - 400m, 4x400m relay; 2006: Indoor - 200m, 400m, Outdoor - 400m)
ACC Indoor Championship 400m Record Holder (45.93)
2006 ACC Indoor Men's Track and Field Performer of the Year
Collegiate Bests: Outdoor - 200m (21.08), 400m (44.71), Indoor - 200m (21.13), 400m (45.93)
School Records: First all-time in the outdoor 400m dash (44.71), First all-time in the indoor 400m dash (45.93), Sixth all-time on the 4x400m relay.
2006 Regional Qualifications: 400m (45.52)
2006: Outdoor - One of the top 400m runners in the nation...was the NCAA runner-up in the 400m with a time of 44.71 which set a new FSU record...fastest quarter miler in the league and the region... sixth speediest performer in the nation... defended his Atlantic Coast Conference 400m title in taking the event in 45.52... shattered the Kentner Stadium record and met the regional qualifying standard in his only quarter mile performance of the season... led all runners in the preliminary race with a time of 46.50... anchored the 1600m-relay at the league meet... almost sealed the victory for the team, improving from sixth-place when he took the baton to second-place in crossing the finish line... the quartet ran 3:10.01... one of two regional qualifiers in the 400m...Jamaican National Champion in the 400m... Indoor - Appeared in his second NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in as many seasons... one of four automatic qualifiers on the team... injured during the preliminary 400m race... had the second fastest quarter mile time of the season, entering the national meet... earned the highest track honor in the conference when he was named the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Performer of the Year... ran the fastest 400m time ever (45.93) at a league indoor championships meet, eclipsing the original record (45.94) set in 1992 by North Carolina's Reggie Harris... the time was the fourth fastest indoor time in the world in 2006 and is second in the nation... the mark is the first sub-46 second quarter mile in FSU school history... bettered his career best and prior school record of 46.05 set in 2005... returned to the track an hour after winning his first 2006 title, to take his first 200m crown with a provisional time of 21.13, just five-hundredths of a second short of adding a second automatic qualifier to his resume... had the fastest advancing time out of the preliminary 200m race at the conference championships... the fifth two-time 400m winner in league history and third to take the 200m-400m double in one season... was fourth in the 200m in 21.37 and third with a mark of 21.45 at the Pepsi Invitational... rated the second fastest 400m runner by the Dandy Dozen... fastest time in the ACC and second fastest 200m time, behind teammate Walter Dix... Earned the highest track honor in the conference when he was named the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Performer of the Year...ran the fastest 400m time ever at an ACC track meet (45.93) breaking the original record set in 1992 by North Carolina's Reggie Harris (45.94)...the time is the ninth fastest indoor time in the world this year and is second in the nation and the first sub-46 second quarter mile in FSU school history...bettered the FSU standard of 46.05 he set at the Florida Fast Times meet in 2005...came back an hour after winning his first 2006 title, to take his first 200m crown with a provisional time of 21.13, just five-hundredths of a second short of adding another automatic qualifying clip to his resume...six-time All-ACC honoree...four-time individual conference champion...the fifth two-time 400m winner in league history and third to take the 200m and 400m title in one season...ran a 21.45 clip in the 200m at the Pepsi Invite...
2005: Outdoor - Recorded the fastest 400m time in the nation entering the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship season, running a record-breaking 44.87 at the Georgia Tech Invitational...his mark shattered Olympic Gold Medalist Walter McCoy's 24-year old mark of 44.99... won his first NCAA East Region Championship, taking the 400m in 45.64...anchored the 4x400m relay that ran the fastest time all year of 3:05.58 at the regional meet...the mark was the second fastest at the meet...one of two individuals with three regional qualifications (200m, 400m, 4x400m relay)...also has the second fastest 200m time on the team, with a regional standard of 21.08... equaled the Mike Long Track record, held by event coach Ken Harnden, in winning the 400m event at the Atlantic Coast Conference...ran the final leg of the league title winning 4x400m relay, during the indoor and outdoor conference championships... finished first in every event during the outdoor season... anchored the ninth fastest 4x400m relay in school history...Indoor - Earned All-America honors as a freshman... almost missed the finals of the 400m, when he was slowed by a disqualified competitor... after a protest, was moved into the finals, where he finished in fifth-place to earn All-America honors... won the ACC Indoor 400m title, helping FSU to a team championship...also earned All-ACC honors as a leg of the title-winning 4x400m relay, that clinched the third consecutive ACC Indoor Track Championships...season-ending mark of 46.28 was the top 400m time in the league... anchored the second fastest relay in the conference.
Prep: Ended the 2004 season as the fifth fastest high school 400m runner in the nation...ran a 46.02 at the state meet, as one of the state's top sprinters...high school All-American...finished second in the 400m dash at the Nike Indoor Championships in the fourth fastest time in the nation...named Palm Beach County's Most Outstanding Athlete...holds a personal best in the 200m event in a time of 21.46.
Personal: Born in Jamaica on October 7, 1984...fourth of five children...only athlete in family and first to go to college...foster parents Chris & Carol Collins, sister Althea Simmons, and cousin Ardly Works are all big influences and what drives him to be so successful...looks to them for strength and motivation...favorite athletes are gold medalist Jesse Owens and Veronica Campbell of Jamaica.