An ideal athlete, Solomon's fusion of unwavering dedication, extreme talent, willingness to learn and raw heart has elevated her to one of Carolina's highly decorated individual athletes ... with a phenomenal sophomore season that included two NCAA 200m championships, Solomon is expected to continue dominating the 200m, increase her influence in the 100m, anchor the 4x100m relay and possibly see regular action in the 4x400m relay ... no stranger to success, Solomon was a relay member of the 2005 NCAA indoor champion 4x400m squad and also was a finalist in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the 2006 USA Outdoor Championships, where she placed second in her specialty of the 200.
2006: Emphasized the 55m, 60m and 200m during the indoor season ... opened up the season with wins at the Virginia Tech Invitational in times of 7.37 and 23.64 ... ran a huge career-best 55m PR of 6.73 at the USC Invitational, setting herself up for a successful fifth-place SEC Indoor Championships run of 6.81 ... while at the NCAA Indoor Championships, crossed the line in 7.21 for a personal-best run in the preliminary followed by a 7.25 run in the finals, garnering a fifth-place finish ... the 200 was close to perfection ... recorded important wins at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational in 23.19 and the Tyson Invitational in 22.89 ... after a second-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships in 23.15 to Kerron Stewart of Auburn, Solomon rallied back strongly at the NCAA Indoor Championships for a startling 22.60 preliminary time that was topped by a 22.57 run that gave Solomon the NCAA indoor crown and a new career best ... outdoors in the 100m, opened with a bang dropping a time of 11.21 at the Florida Relays ... followed up with a swift 11.12 run at the Sea Ray Relays, establishing herself as a legitimate 100m threat as well ... an 11.09 run at the SEC Outdoor Championships secured a third placing in one of the fastest SEC sprint races ever ... another blazing effort of 11.07 at NCAA East Regionals notched a new personal record ... sped to an NCAA outdoor series of 11.23, 11.27 and 11.43 in the prelims, semis and finals for a fifth-place finish and a respectable showing in her minor event ... collegiate track saw very few dominate in an event like the women's outdoor 200m ... with an undefeated collegiate season, a blistering season-opener of 22.77 at the Walt Disney Invitational sealed the title as national favorite ... with a 22.53 run at Sea Ray Relays, Solomon continued to protect her national leading times ... switching into even faster gears, produced a 22.36 win at the SEC Outdoor Championships before running yet another jaw-dropping 22.30 to win the NCAA East Regional ... going into the finals favored for the win, an expected NCAA championship runner emerged with a 22.62 victory clocked in her name ... extended the season to include international and professional caliber meets ... while at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in the Dominican Republic, walked away as the most decorated athlete with a 22.90 victory in the 200m, an 11.39 second-place finish in the 100m and a strong anchor leg of USA's winning 4x100m relay ... showing her talent is even greater than college, ran a 100m series of 11.34, 11.37 and 11.41 to place eighth at the USA Outdoor Championships making her the only collegiate in the 100m final ... in her sprint specialty, a 22.86 early round topped the likes of Lauryn Williams, before stepping away from the final finish line with a 22.47 on the scoreboard and USA runner-up time as well, second only to Rachelle Boone-Smith.
2005: Featured in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes during the indoor season ... placed third in the 200 (23.77) and seventh in the 60 (7.51) at the New York Armory Meet of Champions ... placed seventh in the 200 with a time of 23.54 and 13th in the 60 at the SEC indoor meet ... ran a season-best 23.20 in the prelims of the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200, earning a spot in the finals ... improved that time to 23.15 in the finals, the fifth-fastest time in school history, to place fifth ... also stepped in to run the anchor leg for an injured Natasha Hastings in the 4x400-meter finals and helped the relay unit to a national title with a time of 3:30.01 ... competed in the 100- and 200-meters during the outdoor season ... finished first or second in every event in which she competed through the conference championships ... won the 100 at the Tennessee Quad Meet (11.37) and Georgia Invitational (11.63), and the 200 at the Georgia Tech Invitational (23.16), Tennessee Quad Meet (22.72), Sea Ray Relays (22.99) and SEC Outdoor Championships (22.74) ... also was second in the 100 at the SEC meet with a season-best time of 11.29 ... placed third at the NCAA East Regionals in both the 100 (11.44) and 200 (22.91), earning a spot at the national meet ... had the sixth-best time in the 100m prelims at the NCAA meet with a time of 11.46, then ran an 11.54 in the semi-finals to finish 10th, just missing a spot in the finals ... had the fastest time in the 200m prelims and semis at the NCAA meet, breaking the tape in 23.00 and 22.82 before turning in a 22.86 in the finals to finish one-hundredth of a second behind Sheri-Ann Brooks from Florida International ... also earned an All-America certificate by running a leg on the 4x100m relay unit that finished second.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Long Beach Poly in Long Beach, Calif., where she earned All-America accolades ... was the 2003 and 2004 Gatorade National High School Track and Field Athlete of the Year ... was a member of the Penn Relay record-setting 4x100m relay team ... was the 2003 Pan Am Junior 100 (11.35) and 200 (22.92) champion, the 2003 100m and 200m Junior Nationals champion and the 2004 World Junior 200m champion with a meet-record time of 22.82 ... also ran a leg on the gold medal winning 4x400-meter relay squad at the 2004 World Juniors ... anchored eight national record setting relays at Poly ... was the CIFSS Division I 100- and 200-meter champion all four years, helping Poly to four Division I team titles ... was the California state meet runner-up in the 100 and 200-meters for three years, helping Poly to three state titles ... was the 2003 Penn Relays high school female Athlete of the Meet after running the fastest prep female 4x400 relay split in the history of the relays at 51.6.
PERSONAL: Shalonda Shawntay Solomon was born Dec. 19, 1985, in California ... parents are James and Yolanda Solomon ... sister, Shana, runs track at San Diego State ... her major is nursing ... turned down offers from UCLA, Southern California and Texas to sign with the Gamecocks ... hopes to run in the 2008 Olympics ... enjoys going to church and singing in the choir ... favorite actor is Will Smith.