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Middle Distance


Ind: Junior, Out: Junior

Tampa, Fla. (Leto HS/Florida Southern)

BD: 12/27/77 (Tampa, Fla.)



800m: 1:55.42 - 1999 ACC-SEC Challenge, Gainesville, Fla.


800m: 1:54.64 - 1999 SEC Quadrangular, Gainesville, Fla.

1500m: 4:06.02 - 1999 Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla.

1999 IN CROSS COUNTRY: Competed in one meet, the Nike Twi-Light Invitational, finishing 21st in 23:00.14. 1999 AS A JUNIOR: Bests of 1:54.64 (800m) and 4:06.02 (1500m)... Competed in 10 meets (Five indoor, Five outdoor)... Competed in but did not finish the Outdoor SEC Championships 800m... 15th in the Florida Relays 1500m, 4:06.02 - Personal Best... 15th in the preliminaries of the Indoor SEC Championships 800m, 1:56.84; and seventh in the DMR, 10:05.28 (800m leg with Chambers, Little and Joseph).

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Transfer from Florida Southern (in Lakeland, Fla.) where he competed in cross country... Coached by Buck Dawson.

HIGH SCHOOL/PREP: Holds 10 school records at Leto High where he was part of a state champion 4x800m team in 1996 that held the top national ranking (7:47.62) throughout the summer... Member of two state champion cross country teams and also a member of two state champion relay teams... Named Tampa Tribune's Cross Country Runner of the Year. High School Coach: Bob Ennis. PREP BESTS:  800m: 1:52.5; 1600m: 4:20.2; 3200m: 9:36; 3-mile: 15:15.

"BEYOND THE STATS": Wooden Award Recipient at Leto High as the top social studies student at the school...  Son of Robert Sr. and Marianne McConnell... Born Robert G. McConnell on December 27, 1977 in Tampa, Fla... Has one brother, Rick who plays basketball for Stetson University. MAJOR: History.

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