A look back at the 2002 Women's Outdoor Track and Field NCAA Champions
2003 USTCA Southeast Indoor Athlete of the Year
2X SEC Champion; NCAA Champion
2002 World Junior Gold and Silver Medalist
3X Junior All-American
OUTLOOK: Coming off a severe injury and is expected to come back strong and be back on top... Has a tough work ethic and is expected to be one of America's greatest.
2003: Named co-Southeast Region Athlete of the Year (with teammate Otukile Lekote) for indoor season by United States Track Coaches Association ... Opened indoor season with first place finish in the 400m at George Mason Early Invitational ... Established new school-record with time of 46.19 en route to first-place finish in the 400m at SEC Four-Way Meet ... Topped 400m field at Florida Invitational ... Took second in the 400m at the Meet of Champions in New York ... Finished second in the 400m at the SEC Indoor Championships with a mark of 46.38 after pacing the field during preliminaries ... Made late charge on anchor leg to lead 4x400 relay team of Kenneth Ferguson, Otukile Lekote and Otis Harris to SEC Championship ... Placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and helped lead 4x400 team to third-place finish and school-record time of 3:05.10 while collecting two All-American honors ... Outdoor season was plagued with injuries ... Won the 400m dash at the Weems Baskin Sprint Relays ... Finished eighth in the 400m dash at the SEC Quad Meet ... Finished second in his heat at the SEC Championships in the 400m dash qualifying him for the finals, but did not run in finals due to injury ... Ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay team that finished third at the NCAA East Regional with a time of 3:07.26 ... Won his heat of the 400m dash at the NCAA East Regional then went on to place fifth in the finals, despite competing injured ... Qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships and competed in 400m preliminaries, but did not advance due to injury ... Qualifier for U.S. Outdoor Championships.
2002: During the indoor season, finished second in the 400m dash at the UNC Early Invitational and was on the winning 4x400m NCAA relay at the same meet ... Placed ninth in the 400m dash at the Virginia Tech Invitational ... Finished second in the 400m dash at the Five Way SEC Meet ... Finished eighth in the 400m dash at the SEC Championships ... 4x400m relay was third at the SEC Championships ... Ran on USC's 4x400m relay that finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championships, clocking a 3:05.90 to break the school record ... All-American ... Outdoors, finished third in the 400m dash at the Four Way SEC Meet and at the Georgia Tech Invitational ... Finished second in the 400m dash at the Florida Relays and at the Spec Town Relays ... Finished fifth in the 400m dash at the Sea Ray Relays ... Was on the winning Sprint Medley Relay at Penn Relays - combining with Thomas Lewis, Otukile Lekote and James Law to win the race with a time of 3:16.25 - the fastest time in the USA in 2002 ... Placed sixth in the 400m dash at the SEC Championships ... Ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay that won the SEC title, breaking a nine-year old SEC record at 3:02.81 ... Ran the anchor leg of the NCAA Champion 4x400m relay - crushing the field with a 44.4 split where he wore his jersey backward for `good luck' ... Team ran a 3:02.16 to shatter the school record they broke earlier in the season ... Finished ninth in the 400m dash at the NCAA Championships and collected All-American honors ... Moved to No. 3 on USC's all-time 400m list, posting a season-best 45.67 at the NCAA meet ... Finished second in the 400m dash at the USATF Outdoor Junior Championships ... Qualified for the World Junior Championships in the 400m dash and as a member of the USA's 4x400m relay ... Finished third in the 400m at the Canada vs. USA dual meet ... Won the silver medal in the 400m at the World Junior Championships in Jamaica ... Ran the anchor leg of the USA's gold-medal winning 4x400m relay.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Marietta High in Marietta, Ga. ... Two-time high school All-American ... Georgia Track Athlete of the Year in 2001 ... National champion at Junior Olympics in the 4x400m relay with an anchor leg split of 45.0 flat with the team running a 3:09.1 ... Four year Cobb All-County Track member ... 1999 Golden South Champion in 800 m ... Four time Georgia State Champion ... Team state champions in 2000 and 2001 ... Marietta Daily Journal Athlete of the Year in 2001 ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Athlete of the Year in 2001 ... Georgia Dome Indoor champ in the 400m and 800m in 2000 and 2001 ... 2001 Meet of Champions in Mobile, AL 400m champ and record holder in the 400m ... 1999 Junior Olympic National Champion in the 800m ... High school team has the national record in the Swedish medley with a time of 1:25.
Date of Birth/Location: July 19, 1983/St. Louis, Mo.
Parents: Glen and Linda Fortenberry
Admires the most: Michael Johnson
Favorite food: A double patty melt
In my free time, I enjoy: Playing video games and telling jokes