Events: 200M (21.33), 400M (IN: 46.51; OUT: 45.91), 800M (1:49.35)
4-time NCAA Champion
One of the most decorated relay runners in the history of the LSU Track & Field program ... Ended his career as a four-time NCAA Champion and seven-time All-American between the indoor and outdoor seasons from 2013-16 ... Member of two NCAA Indoor Champion relay teams in 2014 and 2016 and back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Champion relay teams in 2015 and 2016 ... Ran on four of the 10-fastest outdoor mile relay teams in school history, including No. 2 at 3 minutes, 0.38 seconds; No. 3 at 3:00.48; No. 4 at 3:00.69 and No. 10 at 3:01.63 ... Also a member of five of the seven-fastest indoor 4x400-meter relay teams in the program's history, including No. 2 at 3:04.04, No. 3 at 3:04.28, No. 5 at 3:04.46, No. 6 at 3:04.54 and No. 7 at 3:04.60 ... A three-time qualifier for the 400 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Ran personal bests of 46.51 indoors and 45.91 outdoors in the 400 meters during his collegiate career.
Closed out his collegiate career as a national champion in the 4x400-meter relay during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Teamed with LaMar Bruton, Michael Cherry and Fitzroy Dunkley to sweep NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor titles in the relay ... Led off LSU's winning 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships with a 46.93-second split on the first leg ... Helped the Tigers clock an indoor seasonal best of 3:4.28 at the NCAA Championships for the third-fastest indoor time in school history ... Indoor season was also highlighted by running an indoor personal best of 46.51 seconds for third place in the 400-meter dash at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational ... Opened his indoor season by running 46.95 for second place at the Razorback Invitational ... Finished 18th in qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships with a time of 47.34 in the preliminary round ... Split 45.81 on the third leg of LSU's NCAA Outdoor Champion 4x400-meter relay that defended its outdoor title with the fourth-fastest time in program history at 3:00.69 ... Also crowned an SEC Champion in the event for the first time in his career while splitting 45.16 on the third leg of the team that ran the third-fastest time outdoors in school history ... Split 44.99 on the third leg as the Tigers ran their seasonal-best time of 3:00.38 in victory at the LSU Alumni Gold with the No. 2-ranked time on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list ... Joined Bruton, Cherry and Dunkley in sharing SEC Men's Runner of the Week honors following their record-setting performance in the 4x400 relay at the LSU Alumni Gold ... Member of winning mile relay teams at the Hurricane Twilight (3:07.97), Texas Relays (3:01.83) and NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (3:02.26) during the outdoor season ... Also lined up in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the third-straight season ... Placed 44th in the first round of NCAA qualifying with a time of 47.33 run at North Florida's Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville ... Added an 18th-place finish in the qualifying round at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time off 47.51 ... Clocked a big lifetime PR of 45.91 in a runner-up finish in the 400 meters at the LSU Invitational ... Honored by HERO Sports as the NCAA Division I Men's Track & Field HERO of the Week following his personal-best performance at the LSU Invitational ... Also ran 46.39 for ninth at the LSU Alumni Gold and 46.70 for third at the Battle on the Bayou ... Opened his outdoor season by winning the 800-meter title at the Hurricane Twilight with a personal-best time of 1:49.35.
Crowned an NCAA Champion for the second time in his collegiate career as a member of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team … Split 45.02 on the third leg as he teamed with Quincy Downing, Fitzroy Dunkley and Vernon Norwood to run a winning time of 3:1.96 in their final race of the 2015 season at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Won LSU’s first NCAA title in the 4x400-meter relay during the outdoor season since 2006 with the ninth-fastest time in school history… Also ran the third leg on the team that advanced to the national final with the second-fastest time of the semifinal round at the NCAA Championships with a run of 3:04.73 … Ran the second leg of the team that emerged as the top seed from the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds after running a time of 3:02.48 at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium … Also an NCAA quarterfinalist in the 400-meter dash during the outdoor season after running 46.99 for 23rd place in the first round of qualifying and 46.80 for 18th place in the quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Earned All-SEC honors in the 4x400-meter relay as the second leg of LSU’s foursome that clocked a seasonal best of 3:01.63 for a silver-medal-winning second-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Placed 14th in the preliminary round of the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 47.08 … Raced to a lifetime best of 46.23 in a fourth-place finish at Arizona’s Jim Click Shootout during the outdoor season … Also ran 46.47 for third place at the LSU Alumni Gold and 46.45 for sixth place at the LSU Invitational in meet’s held at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Anchored the Tigers to wins in the 4x400-meter relay at the Battle on the Bayou (3:07.60), Jim Click Shootout (3:06.18) and LSU Alumni Gold (3:02.79) during the outdoor season … Also an All-SEC performer in the mile relay during the indoor season while running the third leg on LSU’s team that clocked 3:05.05 for third place at the SEC Indoor Championships held at Kentucky’s Nutter Field House … Posted an indoor personal best of 46.93 in the 400-meter dash while finishing in 12th place in qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships … Also ran the third leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that was disqualified at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Featured again on the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that ran a seasonal-best time of 3:04.28 for second place at the Rod McCravy Memorial … Indoor seasonal best of 3:04.28 was the third-fastest time indoors in school history … Led off a pair of winning relay teams at the LSU Indoor Invitational (3:10.67) and Auburn Indoor Invitational (3:07.65) to start the 2015 season … Won the 400-meter title at the LSU Twilight with a banked-track-converted time of 47.54 … Placed second at the Auburn Indoor Invitational (47.37) and sixth at the Tyson Invitational (47.36) … Ran one 600-meter race at the New Mexico Classic clocking 1:18.67 for fourth place overall.
A key member of LSU’s national champion 4x400-meter relay team during his sophomore season in 2014 … Split 46.68 on the third leg of the team that captured the national title in the 4x400-meter relay as he teamed with Darrell Bush, Quincy Downing and Vernon Norwood for a winning time of 3:04.54 at the NCAA Indoor Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico … NCAA-title-clinching time of 3:04.54 was the fourth-fastest relay time indoors in program history and won LSU’s first NCAA Indoor title in the 4x400-meter relay since 2006 … Also earned All-America honors outdoors as the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that clocked a seasonal-best time of 3:01.60 for a bronze-medal-winning third-place finish in the national final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon … Split an impressive 45.14 on the third leg as he again teamed with Downing, Bush and Norwood to run 3:01.60 for the sixth-fastest relay time outdoors in the history of the LSU program … Helped the Tigers run the second-fastest time of the NCAA semifinal at 3:03.43 en route to a berth in the national final … Ran the third leg on LSU’s mile relay team that clocked the fastest time in the national quarterfinal of 3:02.64 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … An NCAA quarterfinalist in the 400-meter dash for the first time in his collegiate career … Clocked 46.47 for 14th place in the first round of qualifying before running 47.01 for 21st place in the national quarterfinal of the 400 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … An SEC finalist in the 400-meter dash for the first time in his career … Scored one point for the Tigers with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, where he ran a lifetime personal best of 46.45 … Clocked back-to-back lifetime personal bests with times of 46.49 in the qualifying round and 46.45 in the final at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Earned All-SEC honors while running the second leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that clocked 3:04.33 for a third-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Helped the Tigers sweep SEC bronze medals in the 4x400 relay during the 2014 season as he split 46.29 on the third leg of the team that ran an indoor seasonal best of 3:04.04 for third-place at the SEC Indoor Championships … Bronze-medal-winning time of 3:04.04 at the SEC Indoor meet was the second-fastest relay time indoors in program history … Ran the third leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay teams that won event titles at the Auburn Indoor Invitational (3:09.17), New Mexico Team Invitational (3:08.29) and Tyson Invitational (3:04.60) … Winning time of 3:04.60 at the Tyson Invitational was LSU’s fifth-fastest relay time indoors in team history … Anchored LSU’s winning relay teams with a 45.84-second split at Miami’s Hurricane Alumni Invitational (3:08.91) and a 45.86-second split at the LSU Invitational (3:07.08) … Also ran the third leg for LSU’s 4x400-meter relay teams that finished runner-up at the Texas Relays (3:02.81) and LSU Alumni Gold (3:03.24) during the outdoor season … Finished runner-up in his outdoor debut in the 400 meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational with a season-opening run of 47.35 … Followed by finishing in fifth place at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 47.00 and fourth place at the LSU Invitational with a time of 47.16 … Clocked an indoor best of 47.30 in a 15th-place finish in qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships … Clocked 47.31 for fifth place in the 400-meter final at the Texas A&M Triangular in his indoor season opener in the event … Earned back-to-back seventh-place finishes in the 400 meters at the New Mexico Team Invitational (47.68) and Aggie Invitational (47.58) during the indoor season.
A two-time All-American as a member of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team during his true freshman season with the Tigers in 2013 … Ran the third leg on the mile relay team that finished in fourth place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, and fifth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas … Split a strong 45.99 on the third leg for the Tigers as the team clocked 3:04.62 for a fourth place finish in the final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in their final race of the 2013 season … Split 46.27 on the third leg of the team that ran a seasonal best of 3:04.08 for the second-fastest time of the national semifinal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Raced to a 46.77-second split on the third leg of the team that clocked 3:06.29 in the national quarterfinals for the fourth-fastest time at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Greensboro, North Carolina … Ran a 46.79-second split on the third leg in an All-American performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships as the Tigers ran 3:07.31 for fifth place in the national final … Ran on LSU’s winning relay team that clocked 3:06.16 at the Battle on the Bayou … Anchored the Tigers to a winning time of 3:08.06 in the college final of the 4x400-meter relay at the 119th Penn Relays … Split 46.13 on the third leg of the team that took fourth place at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in 3:05.27 … Helped the Tigers score four points in the 4x400-meter relay at the SEC Outdoor Championships while running the third leg of the team that clocked 3:05.96 in the conference final … Also competed in the 400-meter dash at the SEC Championships during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2013 … Finished in 18th place in qualifying at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 48.22 in the preliminary round … Clocked an outdoor seasonal best of 47.85 for sixth place in the 400-meter dash at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational … Also ran the 400 meters outdoors in home meets at the Battle on the Bayou (48.46) and LSU Relays (48.61) … Raced to a wind-legal personal best of 21.33 (+1.4) for fifth place in the 200 meters at UCLA’s Drake Stadium … Ran 49.06 for 28th place in the qualifying round of the 400 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships … Set an indoor PR of 47.89 in a seventh-place finish at Texas A&M Triangular meet in College Station … Clocked an indoor seasonal best of 21.89 in the 200 meters to take 31st place at the Tyson Invitational.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top 400-meter talents in the state of Louisiana for the Class of 2012 … Opened the 2012 outdoor season by shattering his previous lifetime personal record in the 400 meters with a winning time of 47.16 at the Archbishop Rummel Track Meet held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans … Broke the Sugar Bowl Track Classic meet record with a time of 47.56 to take the boy’s 400-meter dash title in 2012 … Wrapped up his prep career by winning Class 5A state titles in both the 400 meters (47.68) and 800 meters (1:53.53) … Clocked a lifetime personal best of 1:53.53 in the 800-meter final at the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A Outdoor State Track & Field Championships … Clocked an indoor PR of 48.73 in his only 400-meter race during the 2012 indoor season at the LSU Last Chance Qualifier held at the Carl Maddox Field House … Was the nation’s No. 8-ranked prep quartermiler for the 2012 indoor season when he signed with the Tigers … Was also the No. 1-ranked 400-meter runner indoors in the state of Louisiana for his senior season in 2012 … An accomplished 800-meter runner who set the LHSAA Division I Indoor State Championships meet record at 1:55.33 in winning the state title as a senior in 2012 … Indoor PR of 1:55.33 in the 800 meters was the No. 23-ranked performance nationally in 2012 … Captured his first career state championship for Archbishop Rummel High School with a win in the 800-meter run at the 2011 LHSAA Class 5A Outdoor State Track & Field Championships during his junior season … Clocked a seasonal best of 1:55.28 in winning the Class 5A state title in 2011 … Won the Class 5A state silver medal in the 400-meter dash after clocking his seasonal best of 48.23 for second place in 2011 … Swept District 9-5A and Region 3-5A titles in the 100 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters as a senior in 2012 … Crowned the District 10-5A and Region 3-5A champion in the 400 meters during his junior season … Won 400-meter bronze medals at the Sugar Bowl Classic and Mobile Challenge of Champions in 2011 … Was the Class 5A state bronze medalist in the 400-meter dash as a sophomore in 2010.
Full name is Cyril Ross Grayson, Jr. … Born on Dec. 5, 1993 … Parents are Cyril Grayson, Sr. and Tanya Grayson … Has three sisters, Brianna, Ciara and Jayla … An honor student at Rummel High School who was a member of the Beta Honor Roll and the National Society of High School Scholars during his prep career… Majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in human movement.