Position
Sprints
Height
5'11
Class
Junior
Hometown
Linstead, Jamaica
Previous School
Essex CC
Major
General Studies
High School
St. Jago HS

Events: 200M (IN: 21.08; OUT: 20.98), 400M (IN: 46.30; OUT: 45.30)

2012 Olympian
4-time All-American
SEC Champion
2-time All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
A standout 400-meter sprinter during his two-year collegiate career in 2011 and 2012 … Earned four All-America honors as a member of LSU’s vaunted 4×400-meter relay team … Also claimed a pair of All-SEC honors in the event … Anchored the Tigers to a silver medal in the 4×400 relay at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships … Helped the Tigers won a pair of NCAA bronze medals in the 4×400 relay during the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2012 … Won an SEC Indoor title as a member of LSU’s relay team during his senior season … Wrapped up his as a member of relay teams ranking No. 2 at 3:01.07, No. 3 at 3:01.21 and No. 7 at 3:01.97 on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list … Also a member of the relay team that ranked No. 8 at 3:05.41 and No. 9 at 3:05.61 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list at the end of his career … Made his Olympics debut at the 2012 Olympic Games in London following his senior season … Represented Jamaica in the qualifying round of the 4×400-meter relay at the Olympic Games … Won a World Championships bronze medal as a member of Jamaica’s 4×400-meter relay during the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

2012
One of the NCAA’s elite 400-meter runners again as a senior in 2012 … Anchored the Tigers to a bronze-medal winning third-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay with a career-best 44.24-second split … Teamed with Robert Simmons, Quincy Downing and Ade Alleyne-Forte to run the third-fastest time in school history at 3 minutes, 1.21 seconds in the national final at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Ran a team-best 45.26-second split on the second leg of the team that won the NCAA Indoor bronze medal with a run of 3:05.80 in the final at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Also won a pair of All-SEC honors as a member of LSU’s elite 4×400-meter relay team during his senior season … Won his first career SEC title as the second leg of the team that took home the SEC Indoor crown in 3:06.48 at the SEC Indoor Championships … Anchored the Tigers to a runner-up finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a 3:03.20 clocking in the conference final at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Also anchored the Tigers to the seventh-best relay run in school history at 3:01.97 for the second-fastest time in the national semifinal during the outdoor season … Split 45.46 on the anchor leg as the Tigers posted the fastest time at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at 3:03.20 to advance to the national semifinal … Anchored the Tigers to a sweep of 4×400-meter relay titles at the Texas Relays (3:04.54) and Penn Relays (3:04.47) during the outdoor season … A two-time SEC finalist in the 400-meter dash during his senior season in 2012 … Scored five points for the Tigers with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter final with a time of 46.50 at the SEC Outdoor meet … Scored four points with a fifth-place finish after running 46.63 in the event final at the SEC Indoor meet … Was an NCAA Championships semifinalist in the event during the outdoor season … Finished in 17th place in the NCAA semifinal with a run of 46.35 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Ran a best of 45.89 during the collegiate season to take sixth place in the 400-meter quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Opened the NCAA Championships with a 46.28 clocking for fifth place in the first round at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Set an indoor seasonal-best of 46.47 in a third-place finish at the Iowa State National Qualifier … Also ran 46.72 indoors in an eighth-place finish at the Tyson Invitational … Ran a 45.51-second split on the second leg of the 4×400-meter relay team that clocked a seasonal-best and the eighth-fastest time indoors in school history at 3:05.41 in a win at the Tyson Invitational … Made his Olympics debut for Jamaica in the wake of his senior season at LSU … Earned his spot on Jamaica’s Olympic team with a run of 45.41 for sixth place in the 400-meter final at the Jamaican Senior Championships held in Kingston … Clocked a seasonal-best time of 45.36 in the semifinal round at the Jamaican Senior Championships … Ran the second leg on Jamaica’s 4×400-meter relay in the preliminary round at the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, England.

2011
Wrapped up the 2011 collegiate season by anchoring the Tigers to an NCAA runner-up finish in the 4×400-meter relay with the second-fastest time in school history … Teamed with Robert Simmons (46.46), Ade Alleyne-Forte (45.21) and Caleb Williams (44.53) to take second place in the national final with a time of 3 minutes, 1.07 seconds … Clocked an impressive 44.88-second split on the anchor leg in the final at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Ranks behind only LSU’s collegiate-record time of 2:59.59 set at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships on the school’s all-time performance list in the mile relay … Also recorded a career-low relay split of 44.68 seconds on the anchor leg at the 117th Penn Relays … Ran the fastest relay split by an LSU Tiger all-time at the Penn Relays while again teaming with Simmons, Alleyne-Forte and Williams for a runner-up finish at 3:02.33 for LSU’s third-fastest time in meet history … Was an NCAA semifinalist in the 400-meter dash in his debut season with the Tigers … Finished in 14th place overall in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after clocking 45.83 in the national semifinal … Qualified for the semifinal round after taking fourth place overall in the national quarterfinal at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Clocked 45.85 in the NCAA quarterfinals … The fourth-place finisher in the 400-meter final at the SEC Outdoor Championships, clocking 46.35 in the conference final … Won the 400-meter dash at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational with a time of 45.93 … Kicked off the outdoor season with a fifth-place finish at the LSU Invitational after running 46.32 … Also a NCAA Championships qualifier in the 400-meter dash during the 2011 indoor season … Finished in 14th place overall at the NCAA Indoor Championships after clocking 46.83 in the qualifying round … Earned his first career All-America honor as the leadoff leg on LSU’s 4×400-meter relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Led off with a 46.36-second split on the team that took eighth place at the NCAA Indoor meet with a time of 3:08.01 … Nearly took home All-SEC honors during the indoor season while running the second leg on LSU’s mile relay that placed third at the SEC Indoor meet … Helped LSU record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:05.61 in the conference final … Set an indoor personal record of 46.30 in an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter final at the SEC Indoor Championships … Finished the 2011 indoor season ranked No. 10 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the 400 meters … Emerged as one of the world’s top young 400-meter runners with his performance following the collegiate season … Crowned the Jamaican champion in the event after setting a lifetime PR of 45.30 in the 400-meter final at the Jamaican Senior National Championships in Kingston … Actually clocked back-to-back PRs with times of 45.58 for the semifinal and 45.30 for the final … His PR of 45.30 ranked No. 6 on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list for the 400-meter dash … Represented Jamaica at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea … Ran the third leg on Jamaica’s 4×400-meter relay team that captured a World Championships bronze medal after running 3:00.10 … Added a 24th-place finish in the 400-meter dash in his first World Championships appearance.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top 400-meter runners in the JUCO ranks during his two-year career at Essex Community College … Earned All-America honors during the 2009 season after placing third in the final of the 400-meter dash at the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. … Crossed the finish line in the national finals with a personal record of 45.92 seconds … Also competed in the 200-meter final at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships a season ago, placing sixth nationally with a time of 21.31 in the final … Recorded a wind-legal PR of 20.98 in the national semifinal of the 200-meter dash to earn a spot in the final … Carried that momentum into the 2010 indoor season … Set indoor personal bests of 21.30 in the 200 meters and 46.70 in the 400 meters … Wrapped up the 2010 indoor season by winning the 400-meter title at the NJCAA Indoor Championships held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. … Also earned a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters at the indoor national meet … A product of sprint power St. Jago High School in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica … Enjoyed an outstanding senior season at St. Jago High School in 2008 … Represented Jamaica at the 2008 NACAC Under-23 Athletics Championships in Toluca, Mexico … Ran the leadoff leg on the foursome that won a gold medal in the 4×400-meter relay at the NACAC Championships with a time of 3 minutes, 5.61 seconds in the final … Just missed winning a medal in the 400-meter dash at the 2008 NACAC U-23 Athletics Championships after finishing fourth with a time of 46.30 in the event final … Recorded back-to-back times of 46.20 in the semifinal round and 46.46 in the final to place seventh in the 400-meter dash at the Jamaican National Championships in 2008 … While competing as a senior for St. Jago High School, won a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the Jamaican Boys & Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston, running a time of 47.33 in the final … Won three gold medals in the Jamaican Boys & Girls Championships as a junior in 2007 in the 400 meters (46.28), 4×100-meter relay (39.80) and 4×400-meter relay (3:09.51) … Won a gold medal in the 4×400 relay (3:07.10) and a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles (51.58) at the 2007 Carifta Games … Helped Jamaica’s 4×400-meter relay team win a bronze medal at the 2007 Pam Am Junior Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, running the third leg on the squad that clocked a time of 3:06.17 … Placed fifth in the finals of the 400-meter dash at the 2007 Pan Am Junior Championships with a time of 47.04 in the final heat.

PERSONAL
Full name is Riker Lee Hylton … Born on Dec. 13, 1988 … Parents are Patrick and Carmen Hylton … Has a pair of siblings, Remona and Tanisher … Majoring in general studies.

 

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