Josh McAdams

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Joshua McAdams
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1980-03-26) March 26, 1980 (age 35)
Residence Show Low, Arizona
Height 175 centimetres (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 72.7 kilograms (160 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 3,000m Steeplechase
College team Brigham Young University '06
Club New Balance

Josh McAdams (born March 26, 1980 in Atlanta) is a United States track and field athlete who competes in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.


McAdams attended Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, where he was a four-time OHSAA state placer in track and cross country and a three time OHSAA state placer in wrestling. He initially attended Belmont University before leaving the school to complete a two year Mormon mission in Thailand. On returning to school, McAdams switched to Brigham Young University where he was a non-scholarship athlete on the track team. He excelled on the team and won the 3000 meter Steeplechase at the 2006 NCAA National Championships. [1]

Professional career[edit]

In June 2009 McAdams won the USA Outdoor Steeplechase to become National champion for a second time. McAdams will be representing USA in the World championships in Berlin, Germany in August.

McAdams is also a 2007 USA Outdoor champion; 2007 Pan American Games champ; and 2006 NCAA Outdoor champion. He has placed 8th at 2005 USA Outdoors and 9th at 2005 NCAA Outdoors.

After a successful 2007, McAdams finished third in the 2008 Olympic Trials for 3,000 meter steeplechase. Following the win at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships, he won the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 8 minutes 30.49 seconds. Also that year, he improved his personal best time to 8:21.36, ending the 2007 campaign ranked #1 in the U.S. by Track & Field News.

McAdams won the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships 3,000m steeplechase title with his then personal best time of 8:34.10. With this victory, he was the first runner from BYU to win a distance National Champion since his coach, Ed Eyestone, who won the 5,000-meter title in 1985.

He qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics after coming in 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials.


  • 2009: USA Outdoor champion (8:29.91)
  • 2008: 9th in opening round at Olympic Games (8:33.26)…3rd at Olympic Trials (8:21.99)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T& of 8:21.99.
  • 2007: USA Outdoor champion (8:24.46)…Pan American Games champ (8:30.49)… 5th in heats at World Outdoors (8:32.46)...2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (8:21.36PR)…2nd at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational (8:23.69)…ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 8:21.36.
  • 2006: NCAA champion (8:34.10)…10th at USA Outdoors (8:37.91)…best of 8:34.10.
  • 2005: 8th at USA Outdoors (8:39.81)…9th at NCAA Outdoors (8:36.88)…best of 8:34.84.
  • 2004: Best of 8:45.26.[2]

Personal life[edit]

McAdams is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[3] He served a two-year church mission in Bangkok, Thailand. McAdams currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee where he attends the Southern College of Optometry.


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