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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Waco, Texas

High School:
Waco

Height:
6-3

Event:
200/400

Birthdate:
02/06/1988

• Baylor 44-Club Member • 2008 NACAC Gold Medalist (400 Meters) • 2008 NCAA Outdoor Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2008 All-American Outdoors (400 Meters) • 2008 Midwest Region Champion (400 Meters) • 2008 Big 12 Outdoor Champion (400 Meters) • 2008 Big 12 Indoor Champion (400 Meters) • 2008 Big 12 Indoor Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2007 NCAA Outdoor Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2007 NCAA Indoor Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2007 All-American Outdoors (400 Meters) • 2007 All-American Indoors (400 Meters) • 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Freshman of the Year • 2007 NCAA Midwest Region Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2007 All-Midwest Region (400 Meters) • 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Champion (400 Meters) • 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2007 Big 12 Indoor Champion (4x400-Meter Relay) • 2007 All-Big 12 Indoors (400 Meters) • School Record Holder (4x400-Meter Relay - outdoors)

2008: Became the 10th member of Baylor's 44-Club, clocking a sub-45-second time in the 400 meters with a 44.83 in the finals of the NCAA Championships to place third overall...Clocked a personal-best time of 44.75 to win the gold medal at the 2008 NACAC U-23 Championships in Toluca, Mexico...Time of 44.75 ranks as the eighth-fastest time in Baylor history...Ran the third leg on Baylor's national champion 4x400-meter relay that won its fourth-straight NCAA title...Championship relay time of 3:00.22 ranks as the second-fastest in Baylor history and the fifth-fastest collegiate time ever...Won second-straight outdoor Big 12 title in the 400 meters with a then-career-best time of 45.01...Claimed first NCAA Midwest Region title with a time of 45.04...Competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 400 meters, placing ninth overall, just missing a spot in the event finals...Ran on Baylor's winning 4x200- and 4x400-meter relays at Drake Relays, helping the Bears to a record seven relay titles...During the indoor season, ran the anchor leg on Baylor's NCAA Indoor champion 4x400-meter relay that won its third-straight relay title...The time of 3:05.66 ranked as the fastest time in the world for 2008...Won his first career Big 12 Indoor title in the 400 meters with a time of 46.67...Ran the anchor leg on Baylor's Big 12 Indoor champion 4x400-meter relay...Took third place at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 46.97...An NCAA qualifier in the 400 meters, finished 16th overall after suffering a hamstring cramp during the first lap of competition.

2007: NCAA Outdoor champion in the 4x400-meter relay, breaking a 12-year-old school record with a time of 3:00.04...Split 44.2 on the second leg of the finals to bring Baylor from third to first...All-American in the open 400 meters, finishing sixth in the event finals with a time of 45.66...Won the Big 12 title in the open 400 meters with a time of 45.33, the 12th fastest in Baylor history...All-Region performer in the 400 meters after finishing second in 45.77...Midwest Region champion in the 4x400-meter relay, setting a new nation-leading time of 3:01.66...Recorded four times under 46 seconds in the open 400 meters...Ran the anchor leg on Baylor's Big 12 champion 4x400-meter relay, clocking a 44.5 second split...Ran the second leg on Baylor's second-fastest time of 3:02.00 in the 4x400-meter relay at Drake Relays...Ran the second leg on Baylor's 4x200-meter relay team that clocked 1:21.65 at Drake Relays, the world's fastest time in 2007...Helped Baylor to the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay titles at the Drake Relays when Baylor won all four sprint relay titles (4x100-, 4x200-, 4x400- and sprint medley relays), the first time a team accomplished the feat since Illinois in 1944, a span of 63 years...Season-best time in the 200 meters of 21.55 at the Dr Pepper Invitational...During indoor, ran the second leg of Baylor's NCAA championship team that recorded a time of 3:04.24, the second-fastest time in Baylor history...Earned All-America honors in the 400 meters with a time of 47.07 at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark...Ran a season-best time in the 400 meters of 46.31...Ran the second leg of Baylor's Big 12 champion 4x400-meter relay team that set a time at 3:04.96...Won his preliminary heat in 46.67, and finished third in the finals at 46.31 in the 400 meters at the Big 12 Indoor Championships to earn all-conference honors.

High School: Four-year letterwinner at Waco High School for coaches Keith Willis and Nathaniel Haynes...Two-time high school All-American...Won the 2006 NSIC national indoor 400-meter title...Finished second in the 400 meters at the 2006 Junior Olympics and third at the 2005 Junior Olympics...Two-time Texas class 5A champion in the 400 meters...Also won the state triple jump title as a junior...Has recorded personal bests of 46.4 in the 400 meters, 21.09 in the 200 meters and 48-10 in the triple jump.

Personal: Born Feb. 6, 1988, in Waco, Texas...Son of Yolanda Betters and the late Gerald Hornsby...Has three sisters: Toni (23) and Shamika Betters (27) and Rovianna Duncan (18) and one brother, Danien Betters (26)...Majoring in general studies.

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