Former Franklin Runner Ready for USA Outdoor National Championships


POSTED: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 2:59pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:50pm

Michael Courtney is already an established champion on the track circuit, but the 2005 graduate of Franklin High School is hoping for more this week and weekend in Eugene, Oregon.  Courtney is competing in the 400 Meters at the USA Outdoor National Championships, where the top two in each event qualify for the World Championships.  Courtney will compete in the 400M prelims on Thursday, June 23 at 6:00pm MT.

Courtney had practiced in El Paso the last week, but left for Eugene on Tuesday.  In February 2011, a former Sam Houston State runner, Michael Courtney added a national championship to his already impressive list of accomplishments, taking the 400 meter title at the 2011 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Courtney has also won the 2010 Southland Conference indoor 400 with a mark of 48.00. He was a 10-time Southland Conference champion, winning the outdoor 400 meters three times, the indoor twice and running on five Southland first place relays.  Here are more of his collegiate accomplishments:

Nine-time Southland Conference champion ... All-Southland Conference 11 times in five events ... won SLC outdoor 400m dash three years and indoor 400m in 2008 ... member of five SLC champion relays (two indoor, three outdoor) ... 10-time NCAA regional qualifier ... 19th in 400m at NCAA nationals in 2009 ... holds SHSU school record in indoor 200m (21.51) ... 2nd all-time at SHSU in 400m (46.04) ... member of 2nd all-time best 4x400 relay (3:08.45) ... member of indoor school record 4x400 relay (3:11.16)

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