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Gerald Phiri
Position: Sprints
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sheffield, England
High School: Abbeydale Grange
Experience: Redshirt
Career Best: 60 - 6.59, 100 - 10.13 / 10.03w, 200 - 20.29 / 20.87 i 2011 (SENIOR): Set indoor career best of 20.87 in winning Texas A&M Conference Challenge, currently the world and collegiate leader in 2011. 2010 (JUNIOR): NCAA silver medalist in 60 meters, clocking a season best of 6.60 ... Finished fourth in the NCAA 100 (10.20w) ... Placed eighth in NCAA Outdoor final of 200 (20.91w) ... Claimed third consecutive gold medal in Big 12 100 meters, establishing a meet record of 10.13 to equal his career best, and earned a third straight high-point honor at the conference meet as he scored 20 points ... Silver medalist in 60 (6.70) at Big 12 Indoor ... Big 12 Outdoor silver medalist in 200 (20.61) ... Big 12 Indoor bronze medalist in 200 (21.05) ... Posted four other victories in 100 prior to winning conference - Carolina Spring Break (10.57), Arizona State Invitational (10.38), Texas Relays (10.17), and set a meet record at Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational (10.30) ... In 200 meters opened outdoor season with a 20.91 runner-up finish at Arizona State Invitational ... Recorded a season best of 20.57 during quarterfinals of NCAA Championships ... Indoors won four races over 60 meters - A&M Invitational (6.63), Texas dual (6.68), Texas A&M Challenge (6.66) and A&M Challenge II (6.68) while placing second at New Balance Collegiate (6.62) ... Also ran 21.05 in 200 to place third at Texas A&M Challenge ... Runner-up (21.38) at Texas dual and finished third at A&M Challenge II (21.23). RELAYS: Ran on 4 x 200 relay which set a meet record in winning Texas Relays title in 1:20.61 ... Also part of 4 x 200 squad that placed fourth at Penn Relays (1:22.31) after winning prelim in 1:21.22 ... Second leg of 4 x 100 relay which won five races - Arizona State Invitational (39.35), Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational (39.78), Penn Relays (39.08) as well as NCAA West region preliminary (39.05) and NCAA semifinal (39.05) ... Finished second at Big 12 Championships (39.59) ... Did not finish the NCAA final race as well as Texas Relays with missed baton exchanges. 2009 (SOPHOMORE): Member of 4 x 100 relay squad that broke a 20-year-old A&M school record (38.53) while establishing the top collegiate time of the 2009 season with a 38.51 clocking during the prelims of the NCAA Championships ... Also a member of the 4 x 200 relay unit that broke a 19-year-old school record (1:21.38) with a time of 1:20.32, which was the top collegiate time for 2009 ... Defended his Big 12 sprint triple with wins in 100 (10.35), 200 (20.72) and 4 x 100 (38.86) ... Set 100-meter career best of 10.13 (10.15 PR in prelim) in winning a Midwest Region triple, which included a 20.53 in the 200 and 38.85 4 x 100 ... Placed third in NCAA 100 final with a 10.18 clocking after posting a 10.15 in the prelims and 10.27 in semifinals ... Added a fourth place in the NCAA 200 with a 20.83 after running 20.85 in the prelims and 20.56 in the semis ... Advanced to the 100-meter semifinals of the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, as he represented Zambia ... In the opening round of 100, Phiri placed second in 10.30 as ran in the adjacent lane to Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica, who won the heat in 10.20 ... Round two had Phiri (10.16) placing fourth in the same heat as A&M grad Tyrone Edgar (10.12 2nd) with both advancing to the semifinals ... In the semifinal a time of 10.19 placed Phiri seventh ... Indoors, lowered his school record in the 60 to 6.59 seconds, which he recorded twice ... First ran 6.59 as runner-up in Big 12 vs. SEC Showdown and then for sixth place in NCAA Indoor final ... Posted indoor 60 wins four times - A&M Early meet (6.72), Texas dual meet (6.65), New York (6.66), and Texas A&M Invitational (6.68) ... In 100 placed second at USC (10.44), LSU (10.21w) and Texas Invite (10.15w) ... For 200 placed second at Arizona State (20.97) and LSU (20.76) ... Running 200 indoors produced a season best of 21.07 for second place at Texas A&M Invitational ... In 4 x 100 relay ran second leg on 11 efforts, which included wins at USC (39.32), UCLA (39.13), LSU (39.06), and Penn Relays (38.79) along with a runner-up at Texas Relays (38.85). 2008 (FRESHMAN): Earned All-American honor with sixth place finish in 60 meters at NCAA Indoors with a career best and school record 6.64 ... First male sprinter in history of Big 12 to claim 100-200 sprint double at conference meet ... Also ran on winning 4 x 100 relay at the Big 12 meet and earned Freshman of the Year honors along with the men's high-point scorer award (22 ½ points) ... Set or equaled Big 12 meet records with victories that included a windy 10.03 and a legal 20.29 ... Ran second leg of sprint relay which recorded a meet record win in 38.85 ... Significant performances in the 100 included winning at the FSU Relays (10.25) and a Championship of America title at the Penn Relays (10.37) ... Also finished second in the University division at Texas Relays (10.22) and at LSU Alumni Gold with a career best 10.20 ... Placed eighth in both 100 and 200 at Midwest Region after an injury in the 4 x 100 relay ... Qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships in three events, but was unable to compete ... Top collegian in 200 at Houston Invitational with a then PR of 20.62 ... Handled second leg of sprint relay during victories at FSU Relays (39.17), UCLA Invitational (38.83), Big 12 (38.85) and Midwest Region (38.93) as well as runner-up efforts at Texas Relays (38.90) and LSU (39.36) and third place at Penn Relays (39.27) ... Ran second leg of 4 x 200 relay which won at FSU Relays (1:23.48) ... Equaled school record in 60 meters with a 6.67 clocking for fourth place at New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Established school record of 6.64 with victory at Washington Husky Classic ... Placed second in Big 12 Indoor with a time of 6.65 ... Opened the season placing third (6.71) at Razorback Invitational ... Finished eighth in 200 at Big 12 Indoor ... Posted an indoor best of 21.46 in the 200 for fifth place at Washington. HIGH SCHOOL: 2006 graduate of Abbeydale Grange School in Sheffield, England ... Established personal bests of 6.70 (60), 10.48/10.24w (100) and 21.34/20.92w (200) ... England Schools champion in 2006, earned Harold Whitham Award for the best performance by a Sheffield athlete at the meet ... Earned bronze medal in UK under-20 100 meters in 2006 ... Competed on club team, City of Sheffield AC, for five years and was coached by Lewis Samuel ... A five-time national age-group champion from 2003 to 2006 ... During indoor season of 2005, at age 16, established three consecutive personal best marks in reaching the final of the 60 meters at the British Indoor Championships ... Won heat in 6.77, placed second in semi with 6.72 and finished fifth in final at 6.70 ... He was the youngest sprinter in the final by three years ... Claimed double UK Junior (under-17) titles during the 2005 indoor season, winning the 60 in 6.83 and the 200 in 21.57. PERSONAL: Gerald Phiri is the son of Huggins and Bestoria Phiri ... Born October 6, 1988 in Ndola, Zambia ... Has two siblings, Huggins Jr. and Eldridge ... Nutritional Science major ... Began competing at age four ... Chose Texas A&M for life changing experiences.
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