Howard Payne athletics file photo
2008 Olympic Trials finalist, 2010 World Indoor Championships 4x400m relay gold medalist and former Howard Payne football standout Greg Nixon captured his first USA Outdoor men's 400 meter title by setting a personal best and world leading time of 44.61 seconds.
The 2007 USA Indoor 400 meter champion, Nixon also won earlier
this year in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Drake Relays in what was a
personal-best time of 45.08.
Nixon caught 57 passes for 706 yards and five touchdowns over his final two seasons as a wide receiver for the Yellow Jackets. In the offseason, he was winning Division III track championships: one in the 100 meter (2006) and two in the 200 meter (2005, 2006).
Down the stretch Nixon held off 2008 NACAC champion LeJerald Betters, who finished as the runner-up in 44.71 seconds, which is his best finish ever at this event. Jamaal Torrence finished third in 44.80, with Mississippi State's Tavaris Tate fourth in 44.84.
"I made it to the 300 mark and I saw Jamaal Torrence and I were going one-two and I knew I had a great shot," said Nixon. "Right now this is one of the best. It's my (personal record) but I still have to finish the season."
2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Outdoor champion Jeremy Wariner fell to the track after 120 meters. Wariner stated after the race that he felt a pain in his hip flexor after over-striding.