Ricky Morgan Jr.
THIS YEAR: Junior Ricky Morgan is coming off an All-American second season as a Trojan, specializing in the 400m race. He was named one of USC's captains for the 2017 season.
2016: Morgan set a 400m PR of 45.54 to win at the Cardinal & Gold Challenge, just .37 seconds outside of USC's top 10. He went on to place second with a time of 46.20 in the 400m at the Pac-12 Championships....he also ran the leadoff leg for the 4x100m relay which clocked a season-best time of 39.74 and anchor for the 4x400m relay which finished fourth with a season-best time of 3:10.46. He ran 45.67 in the NCAA semifinals and then 46.63 in the finals to finish seventh in the 400m and earn first-team All-America honors. Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and finished 24th with a time of 46.46. Also ran the 200m for USC and had a PR and 2016 USC best of 20.88 (+1.7) to win at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet.
2015: Morgan earned All-America honorable mention honors in the 400m race by placing 21st at the NCAA Championships with a time of 46.75 on June 10 in Eugene, Ore. He ran a PR of 46.51 in both the NCAA West Prelims and NCAA Quarterfinals on May 28 and May 29 respectively in Austin, Texas. He placed fifth with a then-PR of 46.63 to take fifth at the Pac-12 Championships on May 17. He finished second in the 400m with a time of 46.72 at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet...also ran the first leg for USC's winning 4x400m relay which gave the Trojans a 1-point victory and a sweep of the Bruins. He set his 200m PR of 21.26 (+1.6) at the CSULA Invitational on March 7 and matched it at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17. He also had a strong indoor campaign for USC setting the school indoor 400m record of 47.14 at the McCravy Invitational on Jan. 24 and placing second at the MPSF Championships with a time of 47.32.
HIGH SCHOOL: Morgan graduated from Forest Park High in Woodbridge, Va. in 2014. As a senior at the Virginia 5A/6A Championships he placed second in the 400m (48.06), fourth in the 200m (21.59) and second in the 100m (10.77). He went on to place fifth in the 400m with a time of 46.71 at the USATF Junior Championships. That time was the fourth-fastest by a high school senior and seventh-fastest overall by a high school runner in 2014. He ran the third leg for USA's winning 4x400m relay which clocked a time of 3:03.31 to grab the gold medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships held in Eugene, Ore. Has a 400m PR of 46.67 in placing fifth at the 2013 NB Outdoor Nationals. Was an honor roll student all four years.
PERSONAL: Ricky was born on September 17, 1995 in Honolulu, Hi...He is the son of Thelma and Ricky Morgan Sr...His hobbies include football, basketball and anything dealing with going to the beach...Lists his favorite movie as Bad Boys 2 and favorite actor as Will Smith...Says his sports hero is former USC football star Ricky Ervins because he was one of the guys he looked up to while growing up and who was his coach...His favorite food is chicken alfredo...Among his goals are to travel to Jamaica and compete in the Olympics.
CAREER BESTS: 200m - 20.88 400m - 45.54