Personal Bests Indoor 400m 49.97 Outdoor 400m 48.35 800m 1:54.44
2007: CROSS COUNTRY - Ran in all six meets for Memphis ... Ran a season best time of 26:34.5, at the University of Evansville Invitational ... At the C-USA Championships, finished in a time of 30:04.0.
2006-07: CROSS COUNTRY - Competed in all five meets for the Tigers ... Had a season best time of 28:43, at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic ... Was the fifth Tiger to cross the line at C-USA Championships, finishing the race in 29:54.37 ... INDOOR - Placed second in the 800 meters at the ASU Kickoff Classic in a time 1:57.71 ... At the Rod McCravy Invitational ran a 1:55.55 in the 800 meters ... Placed fourth in the 800 meters at the McDonald's Invitational finishing in a time of 1:58.07 ... At the C-USA Championships placed 8th in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.23. OUTDOOR - Ran a 4:21.65 in the 1500 meters at the Rhodes Invitational ...Placed fifth at the Lynx Invitational finishing the 800 meters in a time of 1:56.23 ... At the Mississippi State Bulldog Classic placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.76 ... Placed second at the Ole Miss Invitational in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.16 ... At the C-USA Championships placed sixth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.44.
2005-06: CROSS COUNTRY-Competed in all four meets for the Tigers, twice filling the second team position...Opened the year with a time of 32:35 (8K) to finish in the second team spot at the UALR Open...Again finished in the second team position at the ASU Invitational, recording a time of 32:10 (8K)...Filled the third team position at the C-USA Championships with a time of 31:53 for the 8K race. INDOOR- Finished fifth in the 400-meters at the McDonalds Invitational. OUTDOOR- Lead leg of the Tiger 4x400 relay team that took fifth at the C-USA Championships ... Won the 400 meters at the Rhodes Invitational with a 48.72 ... Ran a personal-best 48.35 at the Vanderbilt Relays.
2004-05: INDOOR-Walked-on to the team at the beginning of the spring, running the 400m in three meets...Clocked a season-best time of 51.30 in the 400m at the McDonald's Invitational...Recorded a time of 52.03 in the 400m at the C-USA Championships, placing 15th...OUTDOOR-Again ran only the 400m, taking part in six meets...Logged a personal best time of 48.61 in the 400m at the LSU Tiger Relays...Placed eighth in the 400m at the Ole Miss Invitational with a time of 49.75...Finished second on the team and 16th overall in the 400m at the C-USA Championships with a time of 49.78.
PREP: Attended Whitehaven H.S...Was a four-year letterman and two-year captain in both track and cross country...Event specialties were the 400m and 800m...Won league, city and sectional championships in the 400 in 2004, also winning a league championship in 2003...Claimed 800m titles at the Cordova Invitational his junior and senior years and was league cross country champion his sophomore year...Named Most Valuable Runner in track each year from 2001-04 and in cross country each year from 2000-03...Was also president of the Drama Club his senior year...Cross country coach was Leonard Conter and track coach was Chris Jones.
PERSONAL: Born in Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 9, 1984...Full name is Samuel R. James III...Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel R. James...Mother is a probation officer...Father was a five-time All-American and 1980 captain for the University of Tennessee track team...Major is undecided...Chose Memphis because it was a place he could run track and stay close to home.