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Jessica Beard
Position: Sprints
Year: Senior
Hometown: Euclid, Ohio
High School: Euclid
Experience: 4 Letters

Career bests * 200 meters - 23.02 / 22.95 i * 400 meters - 50.65 / 50.79i / 51.15 i (oversize)

2011 (SENIOR): Finalist for The Bowerman award, recognizing the top collegiate track and field in the nation. Award will be announced during the USTFCCCA convention in December ... Beard won the fan vote for The Bowerman, held online during the first two weeks of August, by garnering over 20,000 votes ... First Texas A&M athlete, male or female, to be honored as Big 12 Athlete of the Year ... Named Texas A&M's female Distinguished Letterman of the Year, an award presented to a student-athlete who has exhibited qualities of honor in all areas, including academics and athletics ... One of four nominees for the Honda Sports Award in track and field ... Texas A&M's selection to represent the school in voting for the NCAA Woman of the Year ... 16-time All-American, second most in A&M history.

Earned a second World Championship gold medal by running on the winning United States 4 x 400 relay in Daegu, South Korea at the 13th IAAF World Championships ... Advanced to the semifinals of the 400 at the World Championships, replacing an injured Debbie Dunn on the Team USA squad ... Placed fourth in the 400 (51.06) final at the USA Championships held in Eugene, Oregon, to qualify for the 4 x 400 relay pool at the World Championships ...

During the collegiate season Beard won both NCAA 400m titles, winning the indoor version on the Aggies home track with a school and facility record of 50.79 seconds, second fastest ever by a collegian and third fastest among Americans all-time ... Her winning time of 50.79 also served as the world leading time for the 2011 indoor season ... She became the first Texas A&M female athlete to claim individual gold medal at an indoor national championship ... Beard won the NCAA Outdoor title with a collegiate-leading 51.10 clocking after posting a 51.24 to claim her semifinal heat ... In the NCAA 4 x 400 the Aggies won both titles in school record time with Beard supplying impressive anchor legs in each victory ... At the NCAA Indoor, with A&M in fourth place, Beard passed the field on her anchor leg of 51.09 to win the race in a school record 3:29.72 ... The Aggies were in third place when Beard ran the anchor leg at the NCAA Outdoor, and her split of 49.13 seconds, the fastest ever NCAA split, captured the relay victory in a school record and collegiate leading time of 3:26.31 ... Beard became just the third female, and first since 1999, to capture both NCAA Indoor and Outdoor 400m titles and run on the winning 4x400 relays at each national championship in the same season ...

Prior to winning the NCAA Indoor title, Beard claimed her fourth consecutive Big 12 title in the 400m (51.68) and place second in the 200 (23.05) to share high-point honors with teammate Jeneba Tarmoh as each scored 20 1/2 points ... Also ran anchor leg on the winning 4 x 400 relay, as the Aggies recorded a meet record of 3;32.85 marking the fourth consecutive year for Beard to be part of the winning relay at the conference indoor meet ... Beard was named Big 12 Indoor Performer of the Year on voting by the conference coaches ... Placed second (51.68) in the 400 at the Big 12 Outdoor meet, ending a streak of seven consecutive titles between indoor and outdoor conference meets ... Finished fifth in the 200 meters with a 23.07, after setting a career best 23.02 in the prelims ... Ran second leg on winning 4 x 400 relay (3:31.28) ...

Undefeated indoors over 400m, winning LSU Dual (52.97), New Balance Collegiate (52.25), and Texas A&M Challenge III (52.52), prior to Big 12 and NCAA titles ... Also undefeated indoors in 200m up to Big 12 runner-up finish ... Won 200m titles at Texas A&M Challenge (23.25), LSU Dual (22.95) and Texas A&M Challenge II (23.18) ... Beard anchored the Aggie 4 x 400 to wins at Texas A&M Challenge II (3:34.05) and New Balance Collegiate (3:30.70) prior to victories at Big 12 and NCAA Indoor ...

Set a collegiate leading time of 51.55 seconds to win 400m at LSU Invitational in early April ... Runner-up (52.37) to defending world champion Sanya Richards-Ross at Baylor Classic ... Won 200m at Arizona State Invitational (23.40) ... In relay action outdoors, Beard anchored the Aggies the wins in the 4 x 100 (42.87) and 4 x 400 (3:27.33) at the Texas Relays, with the 4 x 400 title becoming the first victory for the A&M women in this event at the prestigous meet ... Beard recorded a pair of 49.6 splits during the prelim (3:31.94) and final for the Aggies ... Anchored 4 x 100 to wins at San Diego State (43.90) and LSU Invitational (43.16) ... Ran third leg of 4 x 200 as A&M set a collegiate leading 1:29.96 to win Penn Relays title.

2010 (JUNIOR): Beard claimed another NCAA silver medal in the 400 (51.02) during the 2010 season, the third of her career while at Texas A&M ... In the process of the Aggie women winning a second consecutive NCAA Outdoor team championship, Beard assisted with relay duty and totaled 12 ½ points in the meet ... Beard anchored the A&M 4 x 100 to victory in a time of 42.82 ... In the 4 x 400 Beard ran her anchor leg in a split of 50.42 as the Aggies earned a silver medal and school record, just 0.03 behind Oregon - 3:28.54 to 3:28.57 ... In the Big 12 Championships Beard completed her third sweep of titles in the 400, winning the indoor conference title in 51.15 seconds - the fastest time ever recorded by an American on an over-sized track as well as the seventh fastest on the world all-time list - and claiming the outdoor conference title in 52.08 ... In the 200 Beard placed second indoors and fourth outdoors at the Big 12 Championships ... Beard was a bronze medalist in the 400 during the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Running in the 4 x 200 relay at the Penn Relays, Beard was part of a collegiate record when Texas A&M won the race in 1:29.42 ... Beard also ran on the winning 4 x 200 relay at the Texas Relays ... Also ran on 4 x 400 squads that swept Big 12 indoor and outdoor titles while finishing third at Texas Relays and Penn Relays ... During the regular season Beard was undefeated in the 400, posting victories in the Texas A&M vs. Texas dual meet (52.27i), New Balance Collegiate Invitational (52.60i), Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational (51.64), and Baylor's Michael Johnson Invitational (51.65).

2009 (SOPHOMORE): Earned World Championship gold medal as member of the United States 4 x 400 relay team competing in Berlin, Germany, in August of 2009 ... Beard, who was the youngest member of the U.S. squad at 20 years old, ran third leg of the relay during prelims, splitting 51.55 as she extended the Americans lead in qualifying for the final with a time of 3:29.31 ... Made the U.S. team for the World Championships by placing third at the USATF Championships in Eugene, Oregon, running 50.58 from lane eight to finish behind Sanya Richards (50.05) and Debbie Dunn (50.79) ... Advanced to the semifinals of the World Championship 400, placing fifth in her heat with a 51.20 and 13th overall after posting a 51.72 in the first round ... NCAA silver medalist in the 400 during indoor and outdoor championships meets ... Established school record of 50.56 during the NCAA Outdoor meet held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as runner-up in 400 ... Her personal best time from the NCAA meet was second fastest by a collegian and sixth fastest by an American for the 2009 season ... Broke the Aggie indoor 400 record four times in 2009, running 52.44 twice, then 52.35 and 51.77 ... Her 51.77 resulted in a second-place effort in a split-section final at the NCAA Indoors hosted by Texas A&M ... Anchored the Aggie 4 x 400 to a NCAA Indoor title, splitting 51.25 seconds as the relay posted a winning time of 3:32.52 ... Won her third and fourth Big 12 titles in the 400, capturing the indoor title in 52.35 and the outdoor version in 51.53 ...Ran third leg of 4 x 400 relay that won Big 12 Indoor title in 3:38.08 ... Also defended her 400 title at Midwest Regional, winning with a 51.24 ... Claimed other victories in 400 at indoor dual with Tennessee, then outdoors at UCLA Invitational and LSU Alumni Gold ... Established a personal best of 23.15 in the 200 to win the Arizona State Invitational ... Ran lead-off leg of A&M's 4 x 200 relay which set a United States and collegiate leading time of 1:30.28 for the 2009 season ... Ran on 4 x 400 relay that placed fourth at Midwest Region and qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships.

2008 (FRESHMAN): World Junior silver medalist in the 400, running 52.09 in Poland as a member of the U.S. Junior team ... Earned a World Junior gold medal as part of U.S. 4 x 400 relay ... Won third consecutive U.S. Junior title in 400, clocking 52.32 in her home state of Ohio ... Top freshman in the 400, placing fourth (51.75) in the NCAA Championships behind three seniors ... Finished third during the NCAA Indoor with a time of 52.48, which set an Aggie school record ... Also anchored the A&M 4 x 400 to a NCAA Indoor silver medal (3:31.41) with a 51.61 split .... Named Big 12 Freshman of the Year during the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Won the Big 12 indoor title with a 52.61 while anchoring the 4 x 4 relay to a narrow victory over Texas (3:36.45 to 3:36.60) ... Claimed the Big 12 Outdoor title in a career best of 51.09, which equaled the No. 7 performer on the all-time U.S. Junior list ... Split 51.0 as anchor of 4 x 400 relay when Aggies placed second at the outdoor conference meet ... Anchored the A&M relay to seventh place at the NCAA Outdoor meet ... Posted victories in the 400 at UCLA, LSU and Midwest Region ... Indoors, won the 400 at New Balance Collegiate after placing third in Kentucky ... Set personal best marks of 7.59 (60) and 23.68 (200) indoors ... Placed seventh in the 200 during the Big 12 Indoors ... Set a career best of 23.35 in 200 outdoors in placing fifth at LSU Alumni Gold ... Ran lead leg of 4 x 200 relay on winning crew at Texas Relays (1:33.46) ... Also part of A&M 4 x 400 squads that placed second at Texas Relays in a season best of 3:32.21 and fifth at Penn Relays.

INTERNATIONAL / SUMMER: Won 2006 Junior title in 51.89 and defended her title with a 52.12 winning time in 2007 ... Competed on the U.S. Junior team during the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing, China ... Earned a gold medal as part of the 4 x 400 relay while placing fifth in the 400 (52.51) ... Ran first leg of U.S. winning effort in 4x4, the 3:29.01 clocking produced the third fastest time ever among World junior marks ... During summer of 2007 was a member of the U.S. squad competing at the Pan Am Juniors in Brazil ... Earned a bronze medal in 400 (51.91) and anchored gold-medal effort in 4 x 400 relay ... The U.S. team won the relay in a meet record 3:32.70, the third fastest ever among American junior teams and fifth in the world ... Competed in club track with the Cleveland Heights Rebels, coached by Claude Holland, for four years ... Won back-to-back 400 titles at Golden West Invitational in 2006 (52.16) and 2007 (52.07) ... Set meet record in 400 (52.04) while winning Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2006 ... Defended her Nike Outdoor title in 2007 with a winning time of 52.43 ... Placed third (53.93) at Nike meet in 2005.

HIGH SCHOOL: 2007 graduate of Euclid High School ... Lettered four years ... Competed in event range from 100 to 800 along with relays from 4 x 100 to 4 x 800 ... Established school records in three individual events -- 100, 200, 400 -- as well as being part of three relay records in the 4 x 200 (1:41.32), 4 x 400 (3:50) and 4 x 800 (9:06.45) ... Ran personal best of 51.63 during senior season, becoming the No. 8 runner on the all-time high school list ... Captured State title in 400 meters four consecutive years with winning marks of 55.36 (2004), 53.47 (2005), 53.58 (2006) and 51.63 (2007) ... Set State record with her 2007 time, bettering her previous mark of 53.47 set in 2005 ... State runner-up in 100 (11.77) and 200 (24.25) during 2006 season ... Four-time district champion in 400, added 100 and 200 titles in 2006 ... Also lettered in basketball and cross country ... Member of National Honor Society and graduated with honors.

PERSONAL: Jessica Costella Beard is the daughter of Theresa Beard ... Born January 8, 1989 in Cleveland, Ohio ... Has three older brothers, Terrell, Brian and Jerrell ... Psychology major ... Started competing in track at age 16 ... Chose Texas A&M since "it has an environment I can excel in because others in the program have the same eagerness as myself to succeed."

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