Antonio McKay

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Antonio McKay posing with his Olympic medals from the 1984 Olympics[1]

Antonio McKay (born September 2, 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia is an All-American track and field athlete from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and majored in Industrial Management at Georgia Tech.[2]







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Running Career in College

Antonio McKay's freshman year was quite a memorable one. McKay started off with an incredible indoor track season, winning the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in the 400m with an NCAA meet record of 46.46, helping the Yellow Jackets mile relay place fourth at the NCAA meet, and recieving All-American honors.[3] McKay also set the world record for the indoor 400m in Gainesville, Florida, during a quad meet at Florida's O'Connell Center in February, 1983.[4] During the outdoor season in 1983, Antonio McKay ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay that broke the school record with a time of 3:21.5 at the Georgia Relays. He then helped reset that school record with the help of Armour, Benard, and Hind, running a 3:05.96 which qualified the mile relay for nationals in Eugene, Oregon.[5]

As an individual, McKay posted top times of 45.1 at Spec Towns Invitational, 45.13 at Gatorade Classic, and 44.83 at the NCAA Championships, winning the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship for the 400m. He also won the USA Indoor Championship in the 400m.[6] Following the 1985 track season, Antonio McKay decided to leave Georgia Tech to pursue his full abilities as a professional track and field athlete. For his accomplishments during his time as a Yellow Jacket, Antonio McKay was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.

Professional Running Career

After running collegiately at Tech, Antonio continued to train under Georgia Tech coaches Buddy Fowlkes and Grover Hinsdale. Beginning his professional track career, McKay won the gold medal in the 400m at the 1996 Goodwill Games in Moscow (44.98) and the 1987 IAAF Indoor World Championships (45.98).[7] Also in 1987, Antonio McKay broke the indoor world record in the 300m dash with a time of 32.51. In 1988, McKay ran in the preliminary heats for the gold winning 4x400m relay team, for his efforts he recieved a gold medal.[8] He continued to consistently perform on the national and international level until 1991, winning three gold medals in the 400m at the USA Indoor Championship in addition to a gold medal in the 1989 IAAF Indoor World Championships.[9] After recieving a free other medals for his efforts in the 400m, Antonio McKay officially retired in 1994.

Personal Life

Antonio McKay is married to wife Trinna McKay. Two of his children, Antonio McKay Jr. and Antonietta McKay, both have run track for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. In addition, he currently works as the sprinting coach for the St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, GA.[10]

References

  1. 1985 Track and Field Media Guide Cover
  2. Yates, Cricket. 1984 Georgia Tech Track Brochure. Taccoa, GA: Currahee Printing Company , 1984. 4. Print.
  3. Yates, Cricket. 1984 Georgia Tech Track Brochure. Taccoa, GA: Currahee Printing Company , 1984. 11. Print.
  4. Yates, Cricket. 1984 Georgia Tech Track Brochure. Taccoa, GA: Currahee Printing Company , 1984. 11. Print.
  5. Yates, Cricket. 1984 Georgia Tech Track Brochure. Taccoa, GA: Currahee Printing Company , 1984. 4. Print.
  6. Zhang, Fank. 1985 Georgia Tech Track Brochure. Taccoa, GA: Currahee Printing Company , 1985. 4. Print.
  7. "Antonio McKay." Wikipedia n. pag. Web. 8 Dec 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_McKay>.
  8. "Antonio McKay." Wikipedia n. pag. Web. 8 Dec 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_McKay>.
  9. "Antonio McKay." Wikipedia n. pag. Web. 8 Dec 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_McKay>.
  10. "Antonio McKay Jr.." Track and Field Roster (2010): n. pag. Web. 8 Dec 2010. <http://ramblinwreck.cstv.com/sports/m-track/mtt/mckayjr_antonio00.html>.
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