Events: 400M (IN: 46.21; OUT: 45.87), 400H (49.97), 800M (IN: 1:49.70; OUT: 1:50.68)
2012 World Junior Gold Medalist (4x400 Relay)
Emerged as one of the leading 400-meter hurdlers in the NCAA and a key member of LSU’s national champion 4x400-meter relay team during his junior season in 2014 … Crowned a national champion for the first time in his collegiate career as the second leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that took the title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico … Split 46.14 seconds on the second leg as he teamed with Darrell Bush, Cyril Grayson and Vernon Norwood to run 3 minutes, 4.54 seconds in winning LSU’s first NCAA Indoor crown in the 4x400-meter relay since the 2006 season … LSU’s NCAA-title-clinching time of 3:04.54 was the fourth-fastest relay time indoors in program history … Was also an NCAA Championships qualifier in the 400-meter dash during the 2014 indoor season for the first time in his career, earning a 10th-place finish nationally with at time of 46.36 in the qualifying round … Earned a pair of All-America honors during the outdoor season as an NCAA bronze medalist in both the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon … Smashed his personal best by nearly a half second with a run of 49.97 in a bronze-medal-winning third-place finish in the national final of the 400 hurdles at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Became the No. 7-ranked 400-meter hurdler in school history with his run of 49.97 in the national final … Earned a spot in his first career NCAA final in an individual event after running 50.55 to win his semifinal heat at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Led off the Tigers to a bronze-medal-winning third-place finish in the 4x400 relay at the NCAA Championships as he again teamed with Bush, Grayson and Norwood to run a seasonal-best time of 3:01.60 for the sixth-fastest time outdoors in school history … Helped the Tigers advance to the NCAA semifinals in the 4x400 relay by running the second leg of the team that clocked 3:02.64 for the fastest time in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … Ran back-to-back personal bests of 50.54 in the first round of qualifying and 50.49 in the quarterfinal round of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Earned All-SEC honors as a member of the relay team during both the indoor and outdoor seasons … Ran the second leg indoors and leadoff leg outdoors on LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that won a pair of bronze medals with third-place finishes at the SEC Championships … Split 45.72 on the second leg of the team that ran the second-fastest indoor time in school history at 3:04.04 to win the SEC Indoor bronze medal … Led off the team that won the SEC Outdoor bronze medal with a time of 3:04.33 … Was an SEC finalist in the 400 meters indoors and both the 400 meters and 400 hurdles outdoors at the SEC Championships … Scored three points with a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter final at the SEC Indoor Championships after running back-to-back indoor personal bests of 46.49 in the preliminary round and 46.21 in the final … Scored two points with a seventh-place finish in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships after running times of 46.65 in the prelims and a seasonal best of 46.45 in the final … Added one more point for the Tigers with an eighth-place finish in the final of the 400-meter hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a run of 52.97 after qualifying with a time of 52.39 in the preliminary round … Earned a pair of runner-up finishes in the 400 hurdles at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (52.18) and LSU Invitational (51.85) … Also placed third in the 400 hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 51.07 … Placed third in the 400 meters at the Battle on the Bayou with a season-opening time of 46.83 … Running the 400 meters indoors, earned back-to-back third-place finishes at the Texas A&M Triangular (46.96) and Aggie Invitational (46.61) and a fourth-place finish at the Tyson Invitational (46.49) … Split 46.41 on the second leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that clocked the fifth-fastest time indoors in school history at 3:04.60 to take home the title at the Tyson Invitational … Also ran the second leg on winning relay teams at the Auburn Indoor Invitational (3:09.17) and New Mexico Team Invitational (3:08.29) … Led off LSU’s relay team that won a pair of relay titles outdoors at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (3:09.74) and LSU Invitational (3:07.08) … Followed the collegiate season by earning a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in his first career final at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento, California … Clocked times of 50.49 in the prelims, 50.93 in the semifinals and 53.00 in the final en route to a seventh-place finish at the USA Championships.
One of the NCAA’s elite 400-meter runners during his sophomore season in 2013 … Earned a pair of All-America honors as the leadoff leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team … Split 45.99 in leading off the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon … Helped the Tigers clocked 3:04.62 in the national final for an All-American fourth-place finish in their final relay race of the 2013 season … Led off a team that also featured Caleb Williams, Grayson and Bush to a seasonal-best time of 3:04.08 for the second-fastest time of the semifinal round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Also an NCAA Outdoor semifinalist in the 400-meter dash for the second-straight season … Nearly earned a spot in the 400-meter final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time in his career after running a lifetime personal record of 45.87 seconds for 10th place in the semifinal round … Clocked lifetime personal records in back-to-back 400-meter races after advancing to the semifinal round with a time of 46.08 for the fastest time in the national quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Greensboro, North Carolina … Opened the NCAA Championships by running 46.19 in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds to earn a spot in the national quarterfinals … Led off the Tigers with a 46.96-second split in the 4x400-meter relay that clocked the fourth-fastest time at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds to advance to the semifinal round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon … Scored six points for the Tigers with his effort at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Missouri … Clocked 46.67 for a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Added two points with a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles after running 54.14 in his first career SEC final in the event … Raced to a PR of 52.77 for the seventh-fastest time during the qualifying round of the 400 hurdles at the conference meet … Also led off LSU’s mile relay team that took fifth place at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:05.96 in the conference final … Clocked 52.99 for sixth place in his collegiate debut in the 400 hurdles at the LSU Alumni Gold … Won back-to-back 400-meter titles in the outdoor season at the LSU Relays (46.94) and UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational (46.27) … Led off the Tigers to an All-American fifth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay final at the NCAA Indoor Championships held in Fayetteville, Arkansas … Split 47.99 on the leadoff leg of LSU’s mile relay team that clocked the time of 3:07.31 for fifth place at the NCAA Indoor meet … Led off the team that ran an indoor seasonal best of 3:07.41 in a runner-up finish at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational while earning a qualifying time for the NCAA Indoor Championships … Ran an indoor seasonal-best and team-leading split of 46.50 on the second leg of the 4x400 relay that ran 3:07.89 to take the bronze medal with a third-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships … Competed primarily in the 800 meters during the indoor season … Lined up in the 800 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships … Ran a lifetime PR of 1:49.70 in the 800 meters to finish in 13th place at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational … Clocked 1:50.96 for fourth place at the Armory Collegiate Invitational … Opened the indoor season by winning the 400-meter title at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener with a season-opening time of 47.72 … A seventh-place finisher in the 400 meters at the Razorback Invitation with an indoor PR of 47.38.
Emerged as a reliable member of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team during the 2012 outdoor season … Earned his first career All-America and All-SEC honors while running on LSU’s mile relay … Ran the second leg of the foursome that clocked the third-fastest time in school history at 3:01.21 to finish as the NCAA Outdoor bronze medalists at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships ... Teamed with Robert Simmons, Ade Alleyne-Forte and Riker Hylton to take third place in the 4x400-meter relay final at the national meet … Led off the team that clocked 3:01.97 for second place in the semifinal round … An NCAA semifinalist in the 400-meter dash in his rookie season with the Tigers in 2012 … Finished in 21st place in the semifinal round after crossing the finish line in 46.80 in his debut at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Advanced to the semifinal after clocking a lifetime personal record of 46.18 for ninth place in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Clocked 46.38 for seventh place in the first round at the NCAA East Prelims … Broke 47 seconds for the first time in his track career with a runner-up finish at the Arizona State Tri-Meet after running 46.88 … Scored three points for the Tigers with a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Clocked a lifetime PR of 1:05.68 for sixth place in the event held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Earned his first career All-SEC honor while leading off LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team at the SEC Outdoor meet … Led off a team that clocked 3:03.80 for a runner-up finish in the conference final … Was also the leadoff leg on LSU’s relay team that won its fourth “Championship of America” title in the 4x400 relay at the Penn Relays with a run of 3:04.47 … Competed primarily in the 800 meters during the indoor season … Finished in 11th place in the 800-meter semifinal at the SEC Indoor Championships with a time of 1:52.66 … Opened the season by setting an indoor PR of 1:51.20 for third place at the Texas A&M Dual Meet … Represented the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, following the collegiate season … Won a World Junior Championships gold medal in the 4x400-meter relay as the leadoff leg for Team USA in the final … Earned his spot on Team USA by capturing fourth place in the 400-meter final at the USA Junior Championships while running 46.68 in the final … Clocked 46.71 in the preliminary round at the USA Junior Championships.
PRIOR TO LSU
Signed with LSU as an elite middle distance prospect with a lifetime personal best of 1:51.99 in the 800 meters … Established his prep personal record of 1:51.99 in winning the 800-meter title at the 2009 USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials held in Ypsilanti, Michigan … That victory earned Downing the right to represent the United States as part of Team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships held in Sudtirol, Italy … Also clocked 47.77 in the 400-meter dash that was set in a seventh-place finish at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Nationals held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina … Ran the 400-meter dash just four times in his last two outdoor seasons as a high school athlete … Was the 400-meter silver medalist in the young men’s division at the 2010 USATF Youth Outdoor National Championships held in Lisle, Illinois, after running a time of 48.11 in the national final … Also competed in the 800 meters at the USATF Youth Outdoor National Championships and USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships during his junior season in 2010 … Ended his prep career at Glenville High School as an double Ohio state champion in the 400 meters (47.46) and 4x400-meter relay (3:14.87) at the 2011 OHSAA Division I Outdoor State Track & Field Championships … Clocked a qualifying time of 47.78 before running a prep personal best of 47.46 in the state final in the 400 meters in 2011 … A member of the OHSAA Division I state champion 4x200-meter relay team in 2010 … Also ran with the silver-medal winning 4x400-meter relay and bronze-medal winning 4x100-meter relay teams at the state meet during his junior season in 2010 … A member of three indoor state champion relay teams during his prep tenure … A four-time regional champion and five-time district champion during his prep career at Glenville High School.
Full name is Quincy Timothy Downing … Born on Jan. 16, 1993 … Parents are Ernest Jr. and Pamela Downing … Has two brothers named Ernest III and Denzel … Comes from an extensive athletics pedigree … Related to brothers Jannero Pargo, who played college basketball for the University of Arkansas and in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, and Jeremy Pargo, who played college basketball at Gonzaga … Related to four-year NBA veteran Dwayne “Pearl” Washington … Also a relative of Major League Baseball veteran Al Downing, who played eight seasons with the New York Yankees and six seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers … Majoring in sport administration with a concentration in sport leadership.