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Maryland Track & Field BIO
Paul Joseph
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2016 Outdoor: Competed at nine events...ran the 400m hurdles, 400m, and 4x400 relay events...took second in the 400 hurdles (53.15) at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge (3/18-3/19)...was first in the 400h (54.23) and third in 4x400 (3:20.79) at the Maryland Invitational (3/26)...went 54.23 at the Florida Relays (3/31-4/2)...member of first place 4x400 team and was second in 400h at Virginia Quad Meet (4/8)...won the 400 (48.64) at the Lou Onesty Invite (4/9)...finished first in the 400 hurdles (52.76) and second in the 4x400 relay (3:16.10) at the Morgan State Legacy Meet (4/22-23)...ran the 400 hurdles (53.22) and DMR (10:12.58) events at the Penn Relays (4/28-30)...member of first place 4x400 relay squad (3:19.49) and was third in the 400h (53.84) at the Kehoe Twilight Meet (5/6)...ran a season-best 52.76 in the 400 hurdles to take 13th in the prelims at the Big Ten Championships (5/13-15)...also member of 4x400 relay (3:09.91) at B1Gs. 

2016 Indoor: Competed at three events…member of third place 4x400 team (3:19.17) and finished eighth in the 500 (1:05.52) at the Penn State Relays (1/9)…500 time at Penn State was eighth fastest ever in program history....winner in both the 4x400 relay (3:20.12) and 300 (35.52) at the Terrapin Invitational (1/30)…member of third place 4x400 relay (3:17.04) at Armory Track Invitational (2/5-2/6)…also went 50.29 in the 400 at Armory.    

2015 Outdoor: Competed in five events…placed fourth in the 400m hurdles at the Maryland Invitational with a mark of 57.37…also was a member of the 4x400m relay team that took the title in 3:22.03 at the same competition…took second in the 400mH at the Sam Howell Invitational in a time of 54.14…followed that up with a time of 53.62 in the 400mH at the Morgan State Legacy Meet to place sixth…also a member of the 4x400m relay team that placed seventh at the same event (3:19.01)…notched a second place finish in the 400mH at the Kehoe Twilight Meet (55.12)…finished his season at the Big Ten Championships, taking 15th in the 400mH (53.64) and was a member of the 10th-place 4x400m relay team (3:13.60)

2015 Indoor: Competed in two competitions…notched a seventh-place finish in the 600m (1:25.51) at the Terrapin Invitational and was a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished second (3:22.66) at that event…took 32nd in the 500m at the Armory Track Invitational in a time of 1:07.08 and was a part of the 4x400m relay team that finished 11th (3:20.36).

2014 Outdoor: Season-best in the 400-meter hurdles of 54.09 to place fifth at the Sam Howell Invitational...placed 14th at the ACC Outdoor Championships (54.15)...finished third at the Kehoe Twilight (54.41)...placed third at the Maryland Invitational (55.25)...finished seventh at the UTEP Springtime Meet (56.07).

2014 Indoor: Did not compete.

Before Maryland: Helped lead Clarksburg HS to Maryland State Class 4A indoor team title... Won state title in 300 (35.29) and was 3rd in both 55 hurdles (7.84) and 55 meters (6.59)... Region & county champ at 55 meters and 55 hurdles as senior... Montgomery County champ as senior in 110 hurdles outdoors... Won MoCo title outdoors in 400 as a junior... Four-year honor roll student... AP scholar in both 2012 and 2013... Pre-Maryland PRs -- 11.25 (100), 22.23 (200), 50.14 (400), 7.75 (55 hurdles), 14.75 (110 hurdles), 38.40 (300 hurdles) 21-5.50 (long jump), 43-2 (triple jump).

Personal: Son of Honorine Soro and Tony Joseph... Has an older sister, Bianka... Born in Germantown, Md... Major undeclared as of yet... Has volunteered at area church providing IT services... Has been part of a group creating online video games... Interested in owning his own computer company at some point... Likes chicken alfredo before meets... Would like for track and field to become more popular... Would cast Denzel Washington in a movie about his life... Came to Maryland for great academics, facilities and coaching staff... Chose Maryland over UMBC, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Mount St. Mary's.

 

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