Quarter-mile specialist with unwavering work ethic and the endurance of a half miler ... with his ability to run both the 400 and the 800, including the 4x400m relay, Hinnant serves as one of the foundations of South Carolina's long-sprint program.
2006: Made an impact nationally in the 400m during the indoor season ... ran a 48.46 at the Virigina Tech Invitational followed by a 48.37 run at the Gator Invitational ... the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational was the beginning of his national rankings with a time of 47.06 for a third-place finish ... still in form, ran a 47.56 at the Tyson Invitational followed by a run of 47.13 at the SEC Indoor Championships for a second-place finish behind only Xavier Carter of LSU ... with hopes of qualifying for nationals, ran a 46.76 at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet ... during the outdoor season, picked up were he left off breaking the tape in 46.78 at the Walt Disney Invitational ... at the Florida Relays, ran a 46.94 for a second-place finish ... won the Murray Neely Invitational with a 46.69 ... the SEC Outdoor Championships saw a 47.54 one-lap run ... after qualifying for regionals, ran a 46.80 at the East Regional Championships for a 10th-place finish to go along with a strong pop-off leg on the championship 4x400m relay team.
2005: Focused on the 400-meters during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... best mark during the indoors was a 47.35 at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas ... finished 23rd at the SEC Indoor Championships with a clocking of 47.93 ... won the Georgia Tech Invitational 400-meters with a season-best time of 46.60 to open the outdoor year ... ran under 47 seconds in four of six races ... placed 11th at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a time of 46.71 ... placed ninth at the NCAA East Regional meet with a time of 47.02.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bay Shore High School in New York in 2004 ... lettered four times in both track and field and basketball ... coached by Rich Degnan and Jim McGlynn ... was a 2004 high school All-American by USA Today ... member of the 2004 World Junior team that went to Italy ... placed seventh in the 400-meters at the World Juniors with a time of 46.54 ... named the Long Island Male Runner of the Year, the Suffolk County track MVP in 2003 and 2004, and was a three-time Bay Shore track MVP.
PERSONAL: Keith Hinnant was born June 25, 1986, in Bay Shore, N.Y. ... mother is Loretta Young and sister is NaKeshia Hinnant ... pursuing a sociology degree ... favorites include the movie "All About the Benjamins" and the "Dave Chapelle Show" ... chose USC over Tennessee, Oklahoma and Georgia.