2008: Indoors competed in the 400m, taking first place at the Gamecock Invitational ... outdoors competed in the 400-meter hurdles ... took 11th at the Shamrock Invitational at 55.64 ... placed 18th at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 54.58 ... ran a season best 53.51 at the Carolina Classic.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Jeff Buys at Ridge View High School ... Indoor All-American in 4x400m ... earned All-Region honors in 400m hurdles ... South Carolina All-State selection in 4x400m relay ... ranked No. 3 in South Carolina in 400mH ... team most valuable hurdler ... National Merit Scholar ... named a Who's Who Among High School students.
PERSONAL: Michael Eric-Karl Varner was born April 26, 1988 in Stuttgart, Germany ... pursuing a degree in accounting ... parents are General and Robin Varner ... Chose USC over Clemson and UAB.