Major: Political Science
Event: 400H (48.51)
NCAA Mideast Regional Champion
Enjoyed a sensational senior season for the Tigers in which he was crowned NCAA champion in the 400-meter hurdles ... Clocked the second-fastest time in school history with a personal best of 48.51 in the final at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships ... Became LSU’s second national champion in the intermediate hurdles in program history, joining Tiger great Billy Hardin in 1964 ... In addition, was crowned NCAA Mideast Regional champion in the 400 hurdles as a senior after clocking a time of 49.68 at the regional meet in Columbia, Mo. ... Earned All-America honors in the event in 2006 with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA meet ... Was a two-time All-American as a member of the Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay team during his senior season ... Squad finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2007 ... Was also a standout in the classroom during his brief career at LSU as he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007.
Became the second Tiger in program history to be crowned NCAA champion in the 400-meter hurdles ... Clocked the second-fastest time in school history with a new personal best of 48.51 in the final at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June ... Was LSU’s first national champion in the intermediate hurdles since Billy Hardin in 1964 ... Helped lead the Tigers to a national runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with his performance ... Was also the NCAA Mideast Regional champion in the 400 hurdles in May ... Blew away the regional field with a time of 49.68 in the final ... Earned all-conference honors in the event with a second-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships (49.54) on May 13 ... Won titles at the LSU Tiger Classic, the Texas Relays, the Sun Angel Classic and the LSU Alumni Gold during the outdoor season ... Earned a pair of All-America honors in 2007 as a member of the Tigers’ fearsome 4x400-meter relay team ... Ran the second leg on the squad that clocked a seasonal best time of 3:02.97 to finish third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Helped the Tigers take fourth place in the long relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships in February ... In addition, ran the second leg on the foursome that won LSU its fifth 4x400 relay title all-time at the Texas Relays and third “Championship of America” title all-time at the Penn Relays during the outdoor season ... Earned his first career All-SEC honor in the event by leading the team to a second-place finish at the indoor conference meet ... Individually, ran the 400 meters during the indoor season ... Clocked a seasonal best time of 47.59 in the event final at the SEC Indoor Championships, placing 18th in the event ... Also ran the 400 at the Lobo Invitational (48.20), New Balance Collegiate Invitational (48.41) and Tyson Invitational (47.81) ... Followed the collegiate season by representing his native Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan ... Earned a 17th-place finish in the 400 hurdles at the World Championships after advancing to the semifinal round ... Showed leadership in the classroom as he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time in his LSU career.
Earned All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing sixth in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (49.56) ... Clocked a personal-best 49.36 during the semifinal round ... Time ranks as the third fastest in Tiger school history ... Finished third in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (49.49) ... Just missed earning all-conference honors, placing third at the SEC meet (50.46) ... Won three hurdles titles – LSU Tiger Relays (51.59), Tiger Classic (51.71) and Miami Elite (50.91) ... During the indoor season, concentrated on the 800 meters ... Recorded a personal-best 1:51.00 at the SEC Championships to place third overall ... Ran 1:51.45 at the Alex Wilson Open and 1:51.56 at the UNM Lobo Invitational ... Also ran the 800-meter leg on the Tigers’ distance medley relay team that shattered the 11-year old school record with a time of 9:41.04.
PRIOR TO LSU
Attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas ... Was named a NJCAA First-Team All-America selection in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing first at the national meet with a time of 50.51 ... Set the South Plains JC school record in the event, clocking a personal best 49.96.
Born April 22, 1984 ... Son of Phyllis Smith and Rupert Phillips ... Has four siblings, Sasha, Manley, Shacko and Hajaleena.