Bianca Knight didn’t even know what the lanes were for when she went to her first track practice at the age of 12, but she beat everyone anyway. Before long, she was dominating the Mississippi – and national – high school scene, where she began competing as a seventh grader. By the time she graduated from Ridgeland High School in 2007, she had won 15 individual state titles at 100m, 200m and 400m among her 23 overall including relays. Bianca would also own state high school records at 100m and 200m, and be the first Mississippian to be named Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Oh yes, and she is the 2005 World Youth Champion at 100m, as well.
After a semester running for the University of Texas, which she still attends, Bianca broke Veronica Campbell-Brown’s collegiate record for 200m indoors when she won the national title in 22.40. Deciding to focus her full athletic attention on training for the 2008 Olympic team, Bianca turned pro and, in her professional debut, ran 22.62 seconds to defeat Campbell-Brown at 200m in the Jamaica International Invitational. She set her 200m PB in winning the Reebok Grand Prix on May 31, and lowered her 100m PB in the quarterfinals of the Olympic Trials.
Asked recently to describe her biggest fear, Bianca said “not being successful.” If that’s the case, it appears she has little to fear.
|01/28/12||US Open||New York, NY||50m||6.28||5th|
|02/04/12||New Balanca Indoor GP||Boston, USA||300m||37.12||2nd|
|02/11/12||Milrose Games||New York, NY||60m||7.25||1st|
|02/18/12||Aviva Grand Prix||Birmingham, GBR||60m||7.29||Preli|
|02/26/12||USATF Indoor Championships||Albuquerque, USA||60m||7.18A||Semis|
|03/31/12||Texas Relays||Austin, USA||4x100m Relay||43.13||1st|
|03/31/12||Texas Relays||Austin, USA||4x400m Relay||3:29.23||2nd|
|04/14/12||Texas Invitational||Austin, USA||400m||55.35||9th|
|04/21/12||MT SAC Relays||Walnut, USA||4x100m Relay||42.92||1st|
|04/28/12||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, USA||4x100m Relay||42.19||1st|
|05/05/12||Jamaica Invitational||Kingston, JAM||200m||22.49||1st|
|05/12/12||Ponce Grand Prix||Ponce, PR||100m||11.25||4th|
|05/25/12||Ostrava Golden Spike||Ostrava, CZ||200m||22.85||2nd|
|06/02/12||Prefontaine Classic||Eugene, USA||200m||22.64||4th|
|06/09/12||Adidas Grand Prix||New York, USA||100m||11.29||8th|
|06/09/12||Adidas Grand Prix||New York, USA||200m||22.46||2nd|
|06/23/12||US Olympic Team Trials||Eugene, USA||100m||11.14||5th|
|06/30/12||US Olympic Trials||Eugene, USA||200m (final)||22.60||7th|
|07/06/12||Meeting Areva||Paris, FRance||200m||22.64||2nd|
|07/13/12||Aviva London GP||London, UK||200m||23.00||3rd|
|07/14/12||Aviva London GP||London, UK||100m (heats)||11.67||8th|
|07/20/12||Herculis Meeting||Monaco, FR||4x100m Relay||42.24||1st|
|08/09/12||2012 Olympic Games||London, UK||4x100m Relay||40.82 WR||1st|
|08/17/12||DN Galan||Stockholm, SE||200m||22.85||2nd|
|08/20/12||Gugh Games||Linz, AT||200m||22.74||2nd|
|09/02/12||IAAF World Challenge||Berlin, GER||4x100m Relay||40.71||2nd|
|09/02/12||IAAF World Challenge||Berlin, GER||100m||11.36||6th|
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My goal is to empower young people by providing charitable contributions and serving as an advocate for positive change to non-profit organizations who are seeking to improve lives and provide resources for the young and less fortunate. Throughout my success, I have always had my sites on helping young people remove barriers to fulfill their dreams. My current community projects consist of: Ridgeland High School Lady Titans track team, Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Sunnybrook Children’s Home, and Mississippi Trackstars Track Club.
I was once a member of the of the Ridgeland High School Lady Titans track team. Our team won two state championship titles in the first four years of the school existence. After turning professional, I vowed to help the team in any way possible so they could have as much fun and success as I did while attending Ridgeland High School and competing with the Lady Titans.
The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project is a non-profit organization that provide legal services for the poor and less fortunate in the area. By assisting with financial needs, this organization can continue to provide their services to the community.
Sunnybrook Children Home provides shelter for children between the ages of 6-20 with a safe, loving- structured, living environment. Christian house- parents provide the children with all of the basic physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. However, there are many children who need services provided. Sometimes they need help with small things like computers, game consoles, and / or words of encouragement …Anything is Possible!
The Mississippi Trackstars Track Club is based out of Jackson, MS with kids ranging from ages 6-18. This organization provides youth with the opportunity to compete nationally in track and field while fulfilling their dreams of competing against the best athletes in the country.