Fred Kerley

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Fred Kerley
2018 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships (39439538975) (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full nameFredrick Lee Kerley
NationalityAmerican
Born (1995-05-07) May 7, 1995 (age 24)
Taylor, Texas, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Weight205 lb (93 kg)[1]
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Sprints
College team
TeamNike
Turned pro2017
Coached by
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Fredrick "Fred" Lee Kerley (born May 7, 1995) is an American track and field athlete specializing in the sprints. His best time in the 400 meters, 43.70 set in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I West Preliminary in Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas on May 26, 2017[6], ranks him as the eighth fastest 400 meters sprinter in history.[7] His time became the NCAA record, taking 3 tenths of a second off the 44.00 record by Olympic champion Quincy Watts, set almost 25 years earlier.[4][5]

Kerley had met Watts just before the race.[8] Earlier in the 2017 season, Kerley ran 44.09 while easing to the finish line at the SEC Championships in Columbia, South Carolina.[9] Later in the season he won the 400 meters at the USA Championships in 44.03 seconds, qualifying him to represent the United States in the same event and the 4 × 400 meters relay at the World Championships in Athletics. After winning his heat he finished third in his semi, but qualified for the final on time.[10]

Earlier in 2017, he won the NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships at 400 meters and joined his younger brother Mylik as he anchored the Aggies to a come from behind victory in the 4 × 400 meters relay. His 20 points led Texas A&M to their first ever team victory, run on their home track.

In 2018, Fred Kerley came off an injury to win the Diamond League trophy in the men's 400 meters.[11]

In 2016, Fred Kerley made a bid for the Olympic team at the USA Olympic Trials.[12] He did not qualify out of his heat, but he went on to represent the United States at the NACAC Under-23 Championships where he anchored the 4 × 100 meters relay team to gold.[13]

Prior to running for Texas A&M, he attended South Plains College and Taylor High School. His youth team was the College Station Sprinters in College Station,Tx.

After Kerley turned professional in 2017 he joined club ALTIS in Phoenix, Arizona, and trained there under the guidance of Kevin Tyler for the 2018 season.[14] However in 2019 he returned to Texas A&M to train under his former coach Alleyne Francique, stating to Track & Field News "I believe in him so much that I had to come back to train with him."[1]

Statistics[edit]

Information from IAAF profile or Track & Field Results Reporting System unless otherwise noted.[15][2][3]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Competition Venue Date Notes
100 m 10.49 UTEP Springtime Invitational El Paso, Texas, USA March 21, 2015 −0.3 m/s wind, A
200 m 20.24 Anniversary Games London, England July 9, 2017 −0.7 m/s wind
200 m indoor 20.58 Razorback Invitational Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA January 27, 2017
400 m 43.70 NCAA Division I West Preliminary Austin, Texas, USA May 26, 2017 Former NCAAR[note 1] [4][5]
400 m indoor 44.85 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas, USA March 11, 2017 Indoor WL [17]
4×100 m relay 38.63 NACAC U23 Championships San Salvador, El Salvador July 16, 2017
4×200 m relay 1:21.11 Texas Relays Austin, Texas, USA April 2, 2016
4×400 m relay 2:58.61 World Championships London, England August 13, 2017
4×400 m relay indoor 3:01.97 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England March 4, 2018

400 m seasonal bests[edit]

Year Time Venue Date
2014 46.38 Mesa, Arizona, USA May 16
2015 47.15 Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA March 7
2016 45.10 Tempe, Arizona, USA April 9
2017 43.70 Austin, Texas, USA May 26
2018 44.33 Rome, Italy May 31
2019 44.49 Kingston, Jamaica June 8

International championship results[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
Representing the  United States
2016 NACAC U23 Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 3rd (semi 2) 200 m 21.17 +0.7 m/s wind, q[note 2]
1st 4×100 m relay 38.63 PB
2017 World Championships London, England 7th 400 m 45.23
2nd 4×400 m relay 2:58.61 PB
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 2nd 4×400 m relay 3:01.97 PB
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan DQ 4×400 m relay Teammate lane violation

National championship results[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
Represeting the South Plains College Texans
2014 NJCAA Division I Championships Mesa, Arizona 6th 400 m 46.84
2nd 4×400 m relay 3:05.86
USA Junior Championships Eugene, Oregon 8th 400 m 47.49 [18]
2015 NJCAA Indoor Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 2nd 400 m 47.15 SB
2nd 4×400 m relay 3:12.56
NJCAA Division I Championships Hutchinson, Kansas 11th 400 m 47.81
3rd (semi 1) 4×400 m relay 3:11.75 q[note 3] [19]
Representing the Texas A&M Aggies
2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships Birmingham, Alabama 8th 4×400 m relay 3:07.49
NCAA Division I Championships Eugene, Oregon 13th 400 m 45.99
DNF (semi 1) 4×100 m relay [20]
4th 4×400 m relay 3:03.94
USA Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 27th 400 m 46.70 [21]
2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships College Station, Texas 1st 400 m 44.85 WL, PB [17]
1st 4×400 m relay 3:02.80
NCAA Division I Championships Eugene, Oregon 1st 400 m 44.10
4th 4×100 m relay 38.72 SB
1st 4×400 m relay 2:59.98
USA Championships Sacramento, California 1st 400 m 44.03 [22]
Representing Nike
2018 USA Indoor Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 5th 400 m 45.63 A [23]

Circuit wins[edit]

Representing Nike

400 meters[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Norman broke Fred Kerley's collegiate record a year later at the NCAA Division I Championships with a time of 43.61 s.[16]
  2. ^ Qualified for the final, but did not start (DNS) in the final.
  3. ^ South Plains placed third in the final, but it is not clear from the Track & Field Results Reporting System who ran for the team in the final.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Jeff Hollobaugh (April 12, 2019). "T&FN Interview — Fred Kerley, World #1 In The 400". trackandfieldnews.com. Track & Field News. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "FRED KERLEY TEXAS A&M". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "FRED KERLEY SOUTH PLAINS". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Dennis Young (May 26, 2017). "WATCH: Fred Kerley Destroys Collegiate 400m Record In 43.70". flotrack.org. FloTrack. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Texas A&M's Fred Kerley Runs 43.70 400m to Crush Quincy Watts' NCAA Record – (Video)". letsrun.com. LetsRun.com. May 12, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "NCAA Division I 2017 OutdoorTrack & Field Championships - West Preliminary - Results - Friday" (PDF). texassports.com. University of Texas. May 26, 2017. p. 4. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ "Records & Lists - All Time Top Lists - Senior Outdoor 400 Metres Men". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Taylor Dutch (June 5, 2017). "Record-Holders Quincy Watts, Fred Kerley Connect In 400m 'Pain Business'". flotrack.org. FloTrack. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Jon Mulkeen (May 14, 2017). "Kerley flies to 44.09 400m clocking at SEC Championships". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  10. ^ "Texas A&M's Fred Kerley qualifies for 400m final at IAAF World Championships". kbtx.com. KBTX. August 6, 2017. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Nick Zaccardi (August 30, 2018). "Noah Lyles matches Usain Bolt feat in Speed Racer socks". nbcsports.com. NBC. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Jennifer Kendall (July 1, 2016). "Taylor track star competing for spot on U.S. Olympic team". fox7austin.com. FOX 7 Austin. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Christy Millweard (August 14, 2016). "Taylor track star sets goal for 2020 Olympics". kvue.com. KVUE. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  14. ^ Cathal Dennehy (December 23, 2018). "After solid 2018 campaign, Kerley ready to take the next step as Doha approaches". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "FRED KERLEY ATHLETE PROFILE". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  16. ^ Chris Chavez (June 8, 2018). "Michael Norman breaks 400 meter collegiate record in 43.61". si.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Jon Mulkeen (March 12, 2017). "COLEMAN SPEEDS TO SPRINT DOUBLE AT NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  18. ^ "2014 USATF Junior Outdoor Championships - Complete Results". usatf.org. USATF. July 6, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "National Junior College Championships - Men's 4 x 400 Relay Preliminaries". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. May 16, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships - Men's 4 x 100 Relay". tfrrs.org. Track & Field Results Reporting System. June 11, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field - Results". usatf.org. USATF. July 10, 2016. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  22. ^ "2017 USATF Championships - 6/22/2017 to 6/25/2017 - Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, Calif. - Results". usatf.org. USATF. June 25, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  23. ^ "2018 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships - Results". usatf.org. USATF. February 19, 2018. Retrieved February 20, 2019.

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