- Born: December 4, 1977
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 170 lbs.
- Current Residence: Grand Prairie, TX
- High School: Lake Highlands
- College: Texas Christian University
- Coach: Monte Stratton
- Agent: Claude Bryan
- 100m: 9.89 (2009); 200m: 20.03 (2003)
When did you realize that you could become a professional track and field athlete?
When I got fourth place at US Outdoor Championship in 2001, I knew that I might be able to do this for a living. That was the first time that I lined up against professionals, and I performed pretty well.
How old were you when you began competing in track and field events?
Some folks would say that I was a late bloomer because I didn’t start running track until I was about 16 or 17, but that’s when I got rolling. Better late than never, right?
Who is an athlete outside of your sport you admire and why?
I’d say Tim Tebow. He takes a lot of criticism for standing up for what he believes in, and that isn’t always easy to do. Unfortunately, you sometimes have to develop a thick skin to be a faithful Christian athlete, and I think he’s found that balance early on in his professional career.
What drives you to be the best in your profession?
Not being the best. That keeps me going.
If you didn’t run track, what other sport would you want to play professionally?
Football. Hands down. I’m a defensive back in my head, but don’t tell nobody I said that.
What’s the most annoying question you’ve every been asked?
“Are you getting ready for the Olympics?” I think I get asked that question at least three times a week. You can’t fault folks for not knowing the sport – and hey, it is the Olympics, but there is so much more to track and field than the Olympic Games.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done for someone else?
That’s a tough one. I’d have to say I was most proud of myself when I was able to buy my little cousin his first car. It made me feel good to know that I could do that for him – and to see the appreciation on his face was priceless.
You travel all over the world. What is your favorite spot?
Monte Carlo. That place is beautiful. Everywhere you go looks like a post card, but it’s real – and you’re there. Definitely my favorite spot.
What’s the funniest piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
My coach always says, if I’m ever in doubt about what to do when I get on the track, just run fast. turn left, and come back. It works every time.
What do you think you bring to the sport of track and field?
Experience with a little bit of humor and whole lot of heart. That’s what I bring to the sport.