Monica Hargrove is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and attended James Hillhouse High School where she began her track and field career. Monica had an early dose of determination when she entered the high school program that has stayed with her throughout her career.
Monica had a record setting career at Georgetown University. In 2002, she was a component of the winning, Big East Outdoor 4x400m Relay Team. In 2003, she was the Big East 500m Champion and took home third place as a part of the distance medley relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In 2004, Monica was a part of the Georgetown University record-setting distance medley relay team. With these accomplishments, she was a 3 time All-American in 2002, 2003 and 2004. During the 2004-2005 season, Monica was an assistant coach at Georgetown University and coordinated women’s recruiting and speed and strength development for women’s events. Monica was the recipient of the James M. Gallagher Memorial Award which is Georgetown’s Outstanding Track & Field Competitor Award in 2003. Monica graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Psychology.
2006 proved to be a breakthrough year for Monica into elite competition in the United States. Monica ran the 400m leg of the world-record setting U.S. sprint medley at the Penn Relays and came in 4th at U.S. Indoor Championships claiming a spot on Team U.S.A’s 4x400m relay team. At the World Indoor Championships in Moscow, Russia, she helped lead the 4x400m Relay Team to a silver medal.
Monica has continued her success in the 400m in both the U.S. and on the international circuit. In 2007, Monica was the Runner-up in the 400m at the U.S. Indoor Championships and in 2008, she was a finalist at the Olympic Trials. In 2009, Monica was ranked in the top 12 400m runners in the world and the 5th fastest American. She also competed at the IAAF World Athletics Final that year. In 2010, she was the 400m champion at DecaNation and the Millrose Games and in 2011, she set a new personal best in the 4x400m relay.
As Monica is advancing through her career, she is only getting stronger and faster. In the 2014 indoor season, Monica was a part of the U.S. Women’s 4x400m Relay Team at the World Indoor Championships and returned home from Sopot as a gold medalist.
Monica Hargrove was the first track and field athlete to be sponsored by Under Armour and she is currently a fitness model for UA. Since the beginning of her elite career, Monica has been a constant IAAF World Ranking Top 50 400m Runner. Now in her eighth year of professional competition, Monica is running better than ever and has her eye set on Rio in 2016.
2006 World Championships Silver Medalist 4x400m relay