|Volume No. 1 Issue No. 61 - Friday August 06, 2004|
|Chris Lloyd: One of Two Dominican Athelete at Summer Olympics |
By The Dominican Newsdesk
Chris Lloyd and Marie Lyn Joseph failed to make it past the first round in the 400m and 800m respectively in Athens. Lloyd finished in a dissapointing sixth place in a time of 47.23 seconds and Joseph could only manage a time of 2.20 minutes in her seventh place finish. In the 1996 Atlanta Olpmpics, standout Dominican athlete Dawn Williams qualified for the 800m finals.
Twenty-four year old Chris Lloyd is one of two Dominican athletes competing in Athens, Greece. His personal best of 45.49, which he realized in 2003 qualified him among the top 400m runners in the world.
Chris is one of five children of Victory Joseph Lloyd and Juliette Bannis Lloyd from Castle Bruce, Dominica. In the U.S. is where Chris received his education as an honor student from grades (K-12). Chris went on to high school and graduated in the top ten percent of his class while displaying outstanding achievement in athletics such as basketball, cross-country, American football and track and field.
In addition, he was the 1999 Scholar-Athlete of the year in the greater Houston area. His track and field career actually started in 1998 in 11th grade at Furr High School. One year later, he improved with a seasonís best of 48.10 in the 400m., and later received a full track and field scholarship to Texas Southern University.
During his four years at Texas Southern University, he was a seven time SWAC Conference Champion, and a two time NCAA National Qualifier in the 400m. He also ran on all sprint relays where his fastest splits were as follows: 4x 100 (9.69), 4x200 (20.08), 4x400 (44.70).
The year 2003 has been his best year to date with personal bests competing both indoors and outdoors. He earned his Bachelors degree in May of 2003 in Electronics Engineering Technology.
2003: SWAC Conference Champion Indoor (47.18) / Outdoor (45.49)
NCAA Regional Qualifier, NCAA National Qualifier
2002: SWAC Conference Champion Indoor (48.29) / Outdoor (45.85)
NCAA National Qualifier, Commonwealth Games (46.9-47.9)
2001: SWAC Conference Champion Indoor (48.78) / Outdoor (46.48)
2000: 3rd Place Indoor SWAC Conference (48.40)
1999: High School
Fifth Fastest in the region 400m (47.8), 200m (21.08), 100m (10.41)