Events: 400M (IN: 47.38; OUT: 45.87), 400H (52.77), 800M (IN: 1:49.70; OUT: 1:50.68)
2012 World Junior Gold Medalist (4x400 Relay)
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 seconds in leading off the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. … Helped the Tigers clocked 3 minutes, 4.62 seconds 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, Cyril Grayson and Darrell 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, N.C. … 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, Ore. … Scored six points for the Tigers with his effort at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo. … 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, Ark. … 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 minute, 50.68 seconds 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
An elite middle distance prospect who signed with LSU with a lifetime personal best of 1:51.99 in the 800 meters … Established his personal record of 1:51.99 in winning the 800-meter title at the 2009 USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials held in Ypsilanti, Mich. … 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 owns an impressive lifetime personal best of 47.77 seconds 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, N.C. … Has run the 400-meter dash just four times over the past two outdoor seasons … Was the 400-meter silver medalist in the young men’s division at the 2010 USATF Youth Outdoor National Championships held in Lisle, Ill., 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 … Clocked a 2010 seasonal best of 1:53.86 in the 800-meter run en route to a fourth-place finish at the OHSAA Division I State Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Helped Glenville High School win three medals in the relays at the state meet in 2010 … 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.