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    Aries Merritt     
     
      Aries Merritt
Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Wheeler

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 158

Event:
110 Hurdles/400 Hurdles

Experience:
2L

Honors:
Four-Time All-America

PERSONAL RECORDS

Career Bests
200 21.31
55 hurdles 7.12
60 hurdles 7.69
110 hurdles 13.34
400 hurdles 51.94

Tennessee all-time top-10 list
55 hurdles, 1st, 7.12, 2005
60 hurdles, 3rd-tie, 7.72, 2005
110 hurdles, 3rd, 13.34, 2005
4x100 relay (Burton, Wade, Merritt, Williams), 3rd, 38.83, 2005
4x100 relay (Pritchett, Wade, Merritt, Williams), 9th, 39.29, 2005

SEC Results-Indoor
2004-60 hurdles 7.89 (4th)
2004-4x400 relay 3:15.41 (5th)
2005-60 hurdles 7.81 (4th)
2005-4x400 relay 3:12.72 (9th)

NCAA Results-Indoor
2004-60 hurdles 7.85 (16th) preliminaries
2005-60 hurdles 7.77 (5th)

SEC Results-Outdoor
2004-110 hurdles 13.65 (3rd)
2004-400 hurdles 53.06 (7th)
2005-110 hurdles 13.38 (1st)
2005-4x100 relay 39.58 (4th)

Mideast Regional Results-Outdoor
2004-110 hurdles 13.68w (5th)
2005-110 hurdles 13.64 (1st)
2005-4x100 relay 39.28 (3rd)

NCAA Results-Outdoor
2004-110 hurdles 13.47 (4th)
2005-110 hurdles 13.56 (5th)
2005-4x100 relay 38.83 (3rd)

TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS

Major- Sport management.

2005-Outdoor- Won Ed Murphey Award (for most outstanding performance) and Most Valuable Track Athlete Award at team banquet ... Set his lifetime-best 110 hurdles time of 13.34 while competing at the DN Galan IAAF Super Grand Prix in Stockholm, Sweden (July 26) to finish fourth in a top-flight field ... Career-best time of 13.34 stands as the fastest time by any collegian in 2005 ... Best time of 13.34 ranks third on Tennessee's all-time top-10 list, behind only Willie Gault (13.26) and Jabari Greer (13.32) ... Won the 110 hurdles at the SEC outdoor championships with a time of 13.38, topping a field that included two NCAA champions ... Finished as Tennessee's second-best scorer at the SEC outdoor championships with 11.25 points after winning the 110 hurdles and finishing fourth in the 4x100 relay (39.58) ... Earned two All-America certificates at the NCAA outdoor championships after finishing fifth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.56 and third in the 4x100 relay with a time of 38.83 ... Assigned the third leg on Tennessee's third-place NCAA 4x100 relay, finishing with a 38.83 time, a season best and the third-fastest time in school history ... Took high-scorer honors for the Vols at the NCAA outdoor championships after scoring 5.5 points, more than a third of Tennessee's total point haul ... Won the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional with a time of 13.64 ... Also helped the Vols' 4x100 relay qualify for the NCAA championships after taking the third leg on Tennessee's third-place, 39.28 effort ... Only Vol to win an event at both the SEC outdoors and Mideast Regionals ... Went undefeated in the 110 hurdles from April 15 - May 28, a string that includes such high-profile meets as the Sea Ray Relays, SEC championships and Mideast Regional Championships ... Named SEC Track Athlete of the Week (April 6) after winning the 110 hurdles in a time of 13.49w at Georgia Tech's Yellow Jacket Invitational ... Earned the esteemed Tony Wilson Award at the Sea Ray Relays for most outstanding track performer after taking part in four wins -- 110 hurdles (13.60), shuttle hurdle relay (56.83), 4x100 relay (39.54) and 4x200 relay (1:21.75) ... Finished seventh at the USA outdoor championships after running a 13.39 against the best collegiate and professional 110 hurdlers in the nation ... Took second in 13.40 after contesting the 110 hurdles at Thessaloniki (Greece) 2005 ... Won the 110 hurdles at the Karelia Games in Lappeenranta, Finland after clocking a 13.69 ... Took gold at the Leo Calewaert Memorial in Brasschaat, Belgium after running a 13.53 in the 110 hurdles ... Part of three winning 4x100 relays at the Jim Click Shootout (40.13), Gatorade Classic (39.29) and Sea Ray Relays (39.54) ... Helped Tennessee to an undefeated string in the shuttle hurdle relay in 2005, notching wins at the Penn Relays and Sea Ray Relays, taking the anchor leg on both efforts and making up a sizeable deficit at Penn ... The Vols' shuttle hurdle relay time of 54.97 stands as the fourth-fastest time ever in Penn Relays' history and the fastest time by any collegiate team in 2005 ... Also ran on the third-place 4x100 relay (39.88) and third-place sprint medley relay (3:17.07) to round out a busy run at the Penn Relays ... Ran his career-best 200 time of 21.31 to take silver at the Jim Click Shootout (March 26).

2005-Indoor- Ran his career-best 60 hurdles time of 7.72 in the prelims of the NCAA indoor championships (March 11) ... Time of 7.72 ranks third on Tennessee's all-time 60 hurdles list, behind only Jabari Greer (7.55) and Willie Gault (7.67) ... Earned All-America honors and finished as Tennessee's second-best scorer at the NCAA indoor championships after taking fifth in the 60 hurdles with a final time of 7.77 ... Clocked a career-best 7.12 in the 55 hurdles to win the Tennessee Classic (Feb. 18) ... His 55 hurdles time of 7.12 broke the Stokely Athletics Center record and set the school record in the 55 hurdles, earning SEC Track Athlete of the Week honors (Feb. 23) in the process ... Took fourth in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.81 at the SEC indoor championships ... Also ran the second leg on Tennessee's ninth-place, 3:12.72 4x400 relay effort at the SEC indoors ... Won the 60 hurdles after running a 7.75 at the New Balance Invitational, where the final was contested at Madison Square Garden as part of the Millrose Games ... Also ran an indoor season-best 200 time of 21.72 to finish eighth at the New Balance Invitational in New York's Armory (Feb. 4) ... Won the 60 hurdles in 7.80 at the Penn State National Meet.

2004-Outdoor- Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll ... Won co-Most Valuable Freshman Award (track) along with Paul Cross at team banquet ... Became the fastest hurdler age 19 or younger in the world when he struck gold in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.56 at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Grosseto, Italy (July 19) ... Won the world junior title in 13.56, a comfortable margin in front of Cuba's Dayron Rohles' 13.77 time ... Finished second in the 110 hurdles at the USA junior championships at Texas A&M with a 13.84 clocking to earn his lane in the world junior championships ... Smashed his own school freshman record in the 110 hurdles with a smoking 13.47 finish at the NCAA outdoors ... Secured All-America acclaim after finishing fourth in the 110 hurdles with a season-best 13.47 finish to get the Vols on the scoreboard at the NCAA outdoor meet (June 11) ... Time of 13.47 moved him to fourth on the Vols' all-time list in the 110 hurdles behind only Willie Gault, Jabari Greer and Justin Gatlin but ahead of Vol greats Dawane Wallace and Richmond Flowers ... Scored in two events for the Vols at the SEC outdoors ... Finished third in 13.65 in the 110 hurdles and seventh in 53.06 in the 400 hurdles at the SEC outdoor championships ... Placed fifth in 13.68w in the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Mideast Regional to secure his NCAA outdoors berth ... Notched his lifetime-best 400 hurdles effort of 51.94 to take ninth and a regional qualifier at the Sea Ray Relays (April 9) ... Also placed sixth in 13.76 in the 110 hurdles and ran the second leg on Tennessee's fourth-place, 3:08.17 4x400 relay effort, the squad's second-fastest of the season and a regional qualifier, at Sea Rays ... Completed the Olympic section of the 110 hurdles in 13.62 to take fourth at the Texas Relays ... Named the SEC Track Athlete of the Week for his winning 13.69w time in the 110 hurdles at the Alabama Relays ... Won the 110 hurdles in 13.93 at the Gatorade Classic ... Finished second with a 13.87w time in the 110 hurdles and seventh with a 52.58 time in the 400 hurdles at the Raleigh Relays ... Finished fourth in the 110 hurdles (13.90) and ran the 400 hurdles in 53.57 at the Penn Relays.

2004-Indoor- Wrapped up his first collegiate season as the freshman school record holder in the 60 hurdles (7.85) ... Finished 16th in the 60 hurdles preliminaries at the NCAA indoors with a season-best time of 7.85 (March 12) ... Merritt's 7.85 in the NCAA indoors broke the freshman school 60 hurdles record held by the legendary Justin Gatlin and Dawane Wallace ... His 7.85 time led all Vol hurdlers on the season ... Notched his NCAA provisional-qualifying time with a second-place, first among collegiates, 7.26 (7.78c) offering in the 55 hurdles at the Tennessee Invitational, the fastest time by any Tennessean in the event that season (Feb. 20) ... Clocked a 7.86 60 hurdles time in the SEC prelims ... Placed a respectful fourth place in 7.89 in the 60 hurdles and ran the third leg on Tennessee's fifth-place, 3:15.41 finish in the 4x400 relay in his first SEC indoor meet ... Won the 60 hurdles in 7.98 in his first collegiate meet at the Clemson Opener ... Took second, first among collegians, with a 7.54 in the 55 hurdles at the Tennessee All-Comers Meet ... Earned fifth in 7.89 in the 60 hurdles at the Virginia Tech Invitational ... Ran the anchor leg on Tennessee's season-best 4x400 relay effort, a runner-up, 3:13.87 time at the Kentucky Invitational ... Finished in the silver slot with a 7.97 60 hurdles effort at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL

One of only eight hurdlers nationally named to USA Today's All-USA High School Team ... Went undefeated in the 110 hurdles in Georgia his senior year ... Won the 2003 Georgia state 5A title in the 110 hurdles and took runner-up honors in the 300 hurdles ... Received Best Performance trophies at the 2003 5A Georgia state championships for running a 13.76 in the 110 hurdles and 36.71 in the 300 hurdles at the state meet ... Also took home a 2003 state title by running a leg on the winning 4x400 relay ... Earned membership in the Atlanta Track Club for hurdle and relay performance ... Finished third in the 110 hurdles, fourth in the 400 hurdles and ran on the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays in the 2003 Junior Olympics ... Came to Tennessee with career-best times of 13.85 (13.76 wind-aided) in the 110 hurdles, 36.61 in the 300 hurdles and 52.50 in the 400 hurdles.

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