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JOHN CAPEL (cuh-PEL)
  • Sprints
  • 5 11, 180
  • Brooksville, Fla. (Hernando HS)
  • BD: 11/27/78
  • USATF Bio

CAREER VICTORIES: 17

PERSONAL RECORDS
INDOOR

55m: 6.15 !- 2000 Florida Intercollegiates, Gainesville, Fla.
60m: 6.62 ! - 1999 NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, Ind.
200m: 20.26 ! (=AR/CR) - 1999 NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, Ind.
OUTDOOR:
100m: 10.03 - 1999 NCAA Championships, Boise, Idaho
200m: 19.87 (CR) ! - 1999 NCAA Championships, Boise, Idaho

HONORS: (Seven-time All-American, Two-time All-SEC) 2000 NCAA Indoor All-American - 200m; 2000 NCAA Indoor All-American - 60m; 1999 World University Games Champion- 4x100m Relay; 1999 NCAA Outdoor Champion- 200m; 1999 NCAA Outdoor All-American- 100m; 1999 NCAA Outdoor All-American 4x100m Relay; 1999 SEC Outdoor Champion- 200m; 1999 SEC Outdoor Champion- 4x100m Relay; 1999 NCAA Indoor All-American- 60m; 1999 NCAA Indoor All-American- 200m

2000 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 6.15 (55m- School Record) 6.62 (60m- ties school record) and 20.26 (200m- equals collegiate and American record)... Competed in six meets (Five indoors, one outdoors)... Withdrew from school in mid-April... NCAA Indoor Runner-up, 200m, 20.26 - Florida Record - Equaled Indoor Collegiate Record - Equaled Indoor American Record - Indoor Personal Best; NCAA Indoor All-American (seventh place) in the 60m, 6.71... Automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m dash (6.61c) and the 200m (21.05c).

2000 Wins (1): (o) SEC Quad (4/1) 4x100m (4): 39.24.

1999 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 6.20 (55m), 6.62 (60m), 10.03 (100m- ties school record) and 19.87 (200m- School Record)... Competed in 15 meets (Six indoors, Nine outdoors)... World University Games Champion, 4x100m relay, 38.55 (Anchor with Kaaron Conwright - Cal-Poly , Terrence Trammell -South Carolina, and Coby Miller -Auburn)... World University Games Runner-up, 100m, 10.35... Fourth at the USATF Outdoor Championships, 200m, 20.29... .NCAA Outdoor Champion, 200m, 19.87- 1999 American leader at the time - Tied for the world lead at the time- Tied NCAA record - Florida record - Personal Best... NCAA Runner-up, 100m, 10.03 - Tied Florida record - Personal Best... NCAA Outdoor All-American 4x100m Relay (with Clervil, Carroll, Tucker and Lewis)... Named Outstanding Male Athlete of the NCAA Outdoor Championships... SEC Outdoor Champion, 200m, 19.99 - Set new Spec Towns Track record... SEC Outdoor Champion, 4x100m Relay, 38.75 (Second leg with Clervil, Williams and Carroll) - New Florida and Spec Towns Track Record... SEC Outdoor Runner-up, 100m, 10.12... Penn Relays Champion, 4x200m Relay, 1:21.50 (Second leg with Clervil, Williams and Carroll) - Florida record... Penn Relays Runner-up, 100m, 10.23... Trackwire Athlete of the Week for 3/29 after setting a PR of 20.27 in the 200m- New Percy Beard track record- National leader at the time... NCAA Indoor All-American (fourth place), 60m, 6.64 finals - 6.62 prelim Tied Florida Record... NCAA Indoor All-American, 200m (third place), 20.79.

1999 WINS (16): (i) Florida Intercollegiates (1/16) 55m:6.25; Virginia Tech Invitational (2/6) 60m: 6.71; (o)Florida Relays (3/26-27) 4x200m: 1:21.51; 4x100m: 39.24; 100m: 10.19; 200m: 20.27; UCLA Dual (4/3) 100m: 10.18; 4x100m: 39.85; SEC Quad (4/17) 4x100m: 39.85; Penn Relays (4/24) 4x200m: 1:21.50; USTCA Series (5/2) 4x100m: 39.56; 4x400m: 38.75; SEC Championships (5/14-16) 4x100m: 38.75; 200m: 19.99; NCAA Championships (6/5) 200m: 19.87; World University Games (7/12) 4x100m: 38.55.

HIGH SCHOOL/PREP STATS: 1998 Florida Relays Champion in 100m (10.40)... 1997 100m and 200m National Scholastic Champion.

"BEYOND THE STATS": Withdrew from school in mid-April holding five Gator records by himself and a part of two relay records as well... Capel left Florida with his name on six Florida records after two indoor and one outdoor season of competition: 200m indoors (20.26) and out (19.87), the 60m (6.62), tied for the 100m (10.03) and 55m indoors (6.15), and with both the 4x100m (38.75) and 4x200m (1:21.50) relay teams... By the end of the 2000 season he had lost his hold on the 100m and 4x100m records... Made his collegiate debut by beating Olympic Gold Medalist and 1999 USATF 100m Champion Dennis Mitchell in the 55m at the season-opening Florida Intercollegiates... First male Gator freshman to ever win an outdoor national championship... First Gator to ever be named outstanding male athlete of the NCAA Championships... First male Gator freshman to earn two individual All-America awards at the indoor championships... Had an outstanding rivalry with Auburn's Coby Miller going back to the 1999 NationsBank Invitational, the first time they faced each other indoors; Capel was 5-9 head-to-head vs. Miller during 1999 (finals only, 6-13 all races) but won the last four meetings in the finals... Was a scholarship wide receiver for the Florida football team, where he averaged 9.3 yards per reception and 7.0 yards per carry during the 1999 season... Primarily used as a kickoff returner in 1998... Raced against - and would lose to - his father, John Sr. - until John was 16 years old... Nickname is "John-John"... Featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" while in high school... Son of John Sr.... Born on November 27, 1978.


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