Event: 800M (1:47.87)
An NCAA Championships qualifier in the 800-meter run in his first season with the Tigers ... Shattered his lifetime personal record in the two-lap race with a seasonal-best time of 1 minute, 47.87 seconds for fifth place in the national quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds ... Ranked No. 9 on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list with his personal best ... Clocked 1:50.09 in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Prelims en route to a berth in the semifinal round at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Finished in 23rd place in the NCAA semifinal after running 1:51.49 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa ... Scored four points for the Tigers with a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Crossed the finish line in 1:50.55 in the conference final at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium ... Qualified for the SEC Outdoor final with a run of 1:48.97 for fifth place in the preliminary round ... Ran 1:48.47 in his first 800-meter race of the outdoor season for fifth place at the Battle on the Bayou ... Finished runner-up at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 1:49.17 ... Ran the second leg of LSU's 4x800-meter relay team that finished in eighth place at the Texas Relays with a seasonal-best of 7:37.52 ... Ran the leadoff 1,200-meter leg on LSU's distance medley relay that ran a seasonal-best of 10:01.66 for seventh place in the college division at the Penn Relays ... Did not run for the Tigers during the indoor season.
PRIOR TO LSU
Transferred to LSU following a two-year stint at the University of Louisville in 2010 and 2011 ... Was the No. 2-ranked 800-meter runner in the history of the Louisville program at the time of his transfer with a career-best of 1:49.51 with the Cardinals ... A standout middle distance runner during his prep career at Lancaster High School ... Captured a pair of Texas state titles in the 800 meters in 2007 and 2009 ... Also finished as the state runner-up in 2008 ... Claimed three-straight district and regional titles from 2007-09 ... Helped lead his high school team to two-straight district, regional and state championships in 2008 and 2009.
Full name is Howard Lewis Shepard III ... Born on Feb. 6, 1991 ... Parents are Howard Shepard, Jr. and Bridgette Westbrook ... Has three siblings, Danielle, Jaleesa and Alex ... Majoring in general studies.