Andrew Riley

AndrewRiley_mugCountry: Jamaica
DOB: 9/6/1988
Events: 60m Hurdles & 110m Hurdles
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 181 lb
Personal Best(s): 60m Hurdles – 7.53 (Fayetteville, 2012); 110m Hurdles – 13.14 (Paris Saint-Denis 2013)

As a Calabar High School student, Andrew was a three time champion, winning two heptathlon titles and one high jump title. This multifaceted athlete also has a high jump personal best of 6ft-10¾-in (2.10m). He was a heptathlon silver medalist at the 2007 Carifta Games in Turks & Caicos.

In high school, he won the high jump at the Penn Relays in the US and was recruited by the University of Illinois in 2009 as a multievent athlete. However, on arrival there, he impressed as a hurdler and quickly took to that event.

But there is more to Andrew than being a fierce hurdler. His American college coach and three-time Olympian Tonja Buford-Bailey, pays attention to how quiet, focused, and dedicated he is to the sport, and even more dedicated to his academic pursuits. The business (finance) major at the time, Buford-Bailey said, would miss a day of training because he was up all night studying. But he is a fast learner and a coach’s dream, for she found that Andrew didn’t need to be told something twice to get it right.

While Andrew carried a combined workload of class assignments and training – many times feeling the demand of the books – he knew well just how to maximize each workout session to benefit from both ventures. On the other hand, he wanted to have a degree on which to fall back if he ever had to give up the sport.

In 2011, Riley went to the Jamaican National Trials for the Daegu World Championships and took the title over the likes of Dwight Thomas and Maurice Wignall, yet he remained humble going into the 2012 season, hoping to snatch a spot on the team to London.

After the NCAA West Prelim Andrew Riley ran a windy 10.03 (4.3 m/s) in the 100m. But on day 1 in Des Moines he posted a legal new PR of 10.02 and went into the final as the #2 seed. Keep in mind that the 100m wasn’t Riley’s main event and that he ran only 10.8 in high school. However, he was the #1 seed in the 110m hurdles with his PR of 13.28, a time that  ranked #13 in the world.

Riley has since become a professional, representing Puma.

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