2014 Track and Field Outdoor: Earned second-team All-America honors as a member of the 4x400m relay team that placed 10th at the NCAA Championships ... Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 400m ... Big Ten Champion in the 400m ... Placed third in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships ... Member of the 4x400m and 4x100m relay teams that scored points at the Big Ten Championships ... Clocked the seventh-fastest 400m time in school history (45.91) at the conference championships ... Won the 400m at the Kentucky Relays ... Won the 200m at the Illinois Twilight with the seventh-fastest time in school history (20.83) ... Member of the 4x400m relay team that placed second at the Drake Relays with the fifth-fastest time in school history ... USTFCCCA second-team All-American.
Indoor: Big Ten Champion in the 400m ... Competed in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships and placed fifth to score points for the Illini ... Member of the 4x400m relay team that placed third at the Big Ten Championships and clocked the fifth-fastest time in school history ... Placed third in the 400m at both the Indiana Relays and Husker Invitational ... Placed second in the 600m at the Illini Open with a personal-best time of 1:20.09 ... Member of the distance medley relay team that clocked the second-fastest time in school history at the Alex Wilson Invitational.
2013 Track and Field Outdoor: Earned first team All-America honors in the 4x400m relay as they placed fifth at the NCAA Championships (3:04.83) ... Also earned second team All-America honors in the 4x100m relay and competed in the 400m rat the NCAA Championships ... Big Ten Champion in the 400m and placed fifth in the 200m ... Was part of the 4x400m relay squad that finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships and the 4x1 team that placed third ... Ran in the 4x1 and 4x4 teams which both placed runner-up at the Drake Relays to help the Illini win the first annual HyVee Cup ... Ran a lifetime best 400m time of 46.00 at the LSU Alumni Gold, which is the seventh best time in school history and the first time an Illini has notched their name into the record books in the event since the 2007 season ... Ran the fourth leg of the 4x400m relay squad that won the LSU Alumni Gold title with a time of 3:04.58 which ranks fifth in school history.
Indoor: Earned first team All-America honors in the DMR as the squad finished seventh with a time of 9:35.56 at the NCAA Championships... Also competed in the 4x400m relay and ran the 400m at the NCAA Championships ... Won the Big Ten 400m title in a lifetime best time of 46.07 which ranks second fastest in school history ... Finished runner-up in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships with a career best time of 21.05 which is the third best in Illinois history.
At Bethune Cookman University
Earned MVP honors freshman and sophomore year ... Was team captain ... Named most valuable freshman.
Was a four-time team captain ...Most valuable athlete in soccer, track and cross country.
Son of Ernell Townsend ... Born Sept. 18, 1991 ... Has two siblings, Ernest and Aniyah ... Hobbies include poetry and writing ... Most influential person to his athletic career is his mother ... Majoring in Sports Recreation.