|ALI ABIOLA (Ollie AH-bee-OH-la)
CAREER VICTORIES: 3
800m: 1:50.24- 2002 SEC Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.
400m: 48.0- 1998 Sectional (HS) Final
800m: 1:49.24 - 2000 Sea Ray Relays, Knoxville, Tenn.
1500m: 3:59.99- 1998 East Coast (HS) Invitational
HONORS: (Four-time All-American) 2002 Indoor NCAA All-American - Distance Medley Relay; 2001 Indoor NCAA All-American - 4x400m Relay; 2001 Indoor NCAA All-American - Distance Medley Relay; 2000 Indoor NCAA All-American - 4x400m Relay.
2002 AS A JUNIOR: Best of 1:1:49.65 (800m)... Competed in 14 meets (six indoors, eight outdoors)... Seasonal best of 1:49.65 in the prelims of the SEC Championships 800m... Third at the Texas Invitational 800m, 1:49.78... Earned his second and fourth All-American honor as a member of the fifth-place distance medley relay team (800m leg)... Ran the 800m leg on the school-record setting distance medley relay team at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Invitational... Ninth at the SEC Championships 800m with a personal best 1:50.24
2001 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 48.78 (400m), 1:51.45 in the 800m, 4:17.27 (1,500m)... Competed in 13 meets (six indoors, seven outdoors)... Earned his second and third All-American honors as a member of the sixth-place indoor 4x400m relay (anchor leg) and the third-place distance medley relay (third leg)... Ran a season best 1:51.45 in the preliminaries of the 800 at the SEC Indoor Championships
2000 AS A FRESHMAN: Best of 1:49.24 in the 800m (1:51.01 indoors)... Competed in 10 meets (six indoors, four outdoors)... Indoor All-American, 4x400m Relay (anchor leg), 3:08.23; 10th in the Distance Medley Relay (leadoff leg), 9:48.12... Fifth in the SEC Indoor Championships 800m, 1:51.01b - Indoor best; fourth in the 4x400m (anchor leg), 3:11.51.
2000 WINS (3): (i) Florida Intercollegiates (1/16) 4x400m (3): 3:12.60; Fast Times (3/2) 4x400m (4): 3:09.83; (o) SEC Quad (4/1) 4x400m (3): 3:07.69.
HIGH SCHOOL/PREP: Finished the 1999 indoor season as the national leader in the 600m with a time of 1:19.99... Along with his St. Peters' teammates, was second at 1999 Penn Relays 4x800, 7:43.20 - Split 1:51.8... 6th at the Golden West Invitational 800m in personal best 1:51.15... High School Coach: Denis Donovan... Kenyan Runners (Club) Coach: John Alston.
PREP BESTS: 400m: 48.0; 600m: 1:19.99 (National Leader); 800m: 1:51.15; 1500m: 3:59.99
"BEYOND THE STATS": Lists most memorable moment in athletic career as his sixth place finish at the Golden West Invitational because of the way the race was run... Most exciting event he recalls is Wilson Kepketer breaking the 800m world record in 1997, running a first lap of 48.3 en route to a 1:41.11... Also lists Kepketer as the person he admires most in track... Roommates with teammate Kenyatta Nichols... Son of Hamid and Eileen Abiola... Born Ali H. Abiola on January 2, 1981 in Staten Island, N.Y... Has three younger sisters, Rakibat, Helene and Evelyn.
MAJOR: Business Administration