Event: 400H (56.08)
One of the NCAA’s elite 400-meter hurdlers while earning All-America honors in the event in her debut season with the Lady Tigers in 2013 ... Finished in seventh place nationally in the 400-meter hurdles after running 57.03 seconds out of lane No. 1 in the national final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Eugene, Ore. ... Grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot into the national final after running 57.14 in the semifinal round at Oregon’s Hayward Field ... Opened up her national meet by running 57.53 for third place in the first round and 58.10 for third place in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Greensboro, N.C. ... Also earned All-America honors in the 4x400-meter relay during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Ran a 53.29-second split on the second leg of LSU’s mile relay team that took seventh place in the national final at the NCAA Outdoor meet with a time of 3:33.51 ... Also ran the second leg on teams that ran 3:34.20 for seventh place in the quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds and 3:32.12 for eighth place in the semifinal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships en route to a spot in the national final ... Won a pair of SEC bronze medals with her efforts in the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo. ... Ran her second-fastest time of the season at 56.69 for third place in the final of the 400 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Also ran the second leg of the foursome that took third place in the 4x400 relay with a seasonal-best time of 3:31.94 ... Split a team-best 52.7 on the second leg of LSU’s mile relay taking eighth place at the Penn Relays with a time of 3:36.00 and 52.95 on the second leg of the team that finished in sixth place at the Texas Relays with a time of 3:32.04 ... Ran the second leg on winning mile relay teams at the LSU Relays (3:37.00), UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational (3:34.94) and LSU’s Battle on the Bayou (3:34.82) ... Won her debut in the 400-meter hurdles with the Lady Tigers with a winning time of 59.18 at the LSU Relays ... Finished runner-up in the event at the LSU Alumni Gold with a new personal record of 56.51 ... Dropped her PR to 56.08 in the qualifying round of the 400 hurdles at the Jamaican Outdoor Championships before finishing in seventh place in the final ... Moved to No. 5 on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the 400 hurdles with her PR of 56.08 ... Also finished runner-up in the intermediate hurdles at the UCLA meet (57.35) and Battle on the Bayou (57.64) and third place at the Texas Relays (57.83) ... Also highlighted her outdoor season by running the third leg of LSU’s 4x800-meter relay team that set a school record at the Penn Relays ... Split an impressive 2:05.59 on the third leg of the foursome that set a school record of 8:19.43 for a third-place finish in the Championship of America final at the 119th Penn Relays ... Earned an All-America selection during the indoor season while running the second leg of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team that took fifth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... Split a seasonal-best of 53.10 on the second leg of the team that clocked 3:34.07 for fifth place in the national final ... Ran the 800-meter leg of LSU’s distance medley relay team that won the SEC Indoor bronze medal with a time of 11:23.01 at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Also ran the 800-meter leg of LSU’s DMR that ran a season best of 11:22.74 for seventh place at the Armory Collegiate Invitational ... Member of the No. 2 and No. 3 indoor DMRs in school history with times of 11:22.74 and 11:23.01 ... Also ran the 400 meters during the indoor season ... Clocked an indoor PR of 54.45 for 11th place in 400-meter qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Also broke 55 seconds with a time of 54.90 for 10th place in the 400 meters at the Tyson Invitational.
PRIOR TO LSU
A talented 400-meter hurdler who joined the LSU program with a personal record of 56.89 in the event … Helped Oklahoma Baptist University make history with its first ever women’s national championship as she was crowned the 400-meter hurdles champion at the 2012 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Clocked a 2012 seasonal best of 57.33 in the national final to defend her NAIA crown in the 400 hurdles … Also ran on OBU’s winning 4x400-meter relay and 4x800-meter relay at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Championships … Ran the second leg on the 4x400-meter relay team that set the OBU school record of 3:35.46 seconds in the national final … Scored 15 points to help the Bison win their first women’s national title with 101.5 points at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Championships … Crowned the NAIA champion in the 400 hurdles for the first time as a freshman in 2011 after running 58.11 in the national final … Broke 58 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles nine times during her youth career as one of Jamaica’s top young performers in the event … Won 10 international medals for Jamaica while competing in such meets as the Carifta Games; Central American & Caribbean Championships; North American, Central American & Caribbean Athletics Championships and Pan American Junior Championships … Clocked a PR of 56.89 in a bronze-medal winning performance in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla. … Also ran the second leg on Jamaica’s silver-medal winning 4x400-meter relay team at the 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships … Ran the second leg on Jamaica’s 4x400 relay that clocked an impressive 3:32.31 to win the gold medal at the 2010 CAC Senior Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico … Earned a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles at the 2010 CAC Senior Championships after running 58.54 … Was the Jamaican silver medalist in the 400 hurdles after running 58.24 in the national final at the 2010 Jamaican National Senior Championships held at the National Stadium in Kingston … Won five international medals for Jamaica during a breakout 2009 season … Crowned the Pan Am Junior champion in the 400-meter hurdles after running 57.82 in the event final at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad … Also anchored Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x400 relay at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships with a time of 3:37.65 … Won the bronze medal in the 400 hurdles (58.14) and anchored Jamaica to the silver medal in the 4x400 relay (3:34.02) at the 2009 CAC Senior Championships in La Habana, Cuba … Crowned the Under-20 champion with a time of 57.79 in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2009 Carifta Games in Vieux Fort, St. Lucia. … Emerged as one of the world’s top young 400-meter hurdlers while representing Jamaica at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland … Broke 58 seconds for the first time in her career as an 18-year-old with a 2008 seasonal best of 57.58 in the first round at the World Junior Championships … Followed with a time of 57.84 in the semifinal round before earning an eighth-place finish in the World Junior final … Won the U-20 bronze medal in the 400 hurdles at the 2008 Carifta Games held in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis … Also ran the third leg on Jamaica’s gold-medal winning U-20 4x400-meter relay team that ran 3:39.12 at the 2008 Carifta Games … Won the silver medal in the 400 hurdles in her first appearance for Edwin Allen High School at the 2008 Jamaican Boys & Girls Championships … Clocked 57.42 to win the 400 hurdles gold medal at the 2010 Jamaican Boys & Girls Championships during her senior season … Added a silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles after clocking a personal best of 14.28 into a strong -3.0 headwind during the meet … Won three Penn Relays titles for Edwin Allen High School as a junior in 2009 with wins in the 400-meter hurdles (57.44) and Championship of America relay titles in both the 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay in the event held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
Full name is Nikita Bernetta Tracey … Born on Sept. 18, 1990 … Parents are Desmond Tracey and Millicent Gallimore-Bailey … Has five brothers and two sisters … Brothers are Quasi Bailey, Clementina Bailey, Shanhai Bailey, James Tracey and Kayan Tracey … Sisters are Rochelle-Ann Bailey and Ristananna Tracey … Sister, Ristananna, is one of the world’s top young professional track and field athletes with personal bests of 51.95 in the 400-meter dash, 54.58 in the 400-meter hurdles and 2:03.97 in the 800-meter run as a 19-year-old … A product of the famed program at Jamaica’s Edwin Allen High School … Follows in the footsteps of former Lady Tiger NCAA champion 400-meter hurdler Nickiesha Wilson in attending Oklahoma Baptist University of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics before joining the LSU program … Majoring in sport administration.