Events: 400M (46.18), 800M (IN: 1:51.20; OUT: 1:50.68)
2012 World Junior Gold Medalist (4x400 Relay)
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 minutes, 1.21 seconds to finish as the NCAA Outdoor bronze medalist 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 seconds in his debut at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Advanced to the national 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.