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James Rivera

James Rivera - Track & Field - Florida State Seminoles

Player profile

Hurdles/Middle Distance
Redshirt Sophomore
Bradenton, Fla.
high school
Lakewood Ranch



300 34.85
400 48.05
600 1:22.44
800 1:57.89
400H 50.21


Honors and Awards

  • 2022 ACC 400m Hurdles Champion
  • 2022 First Team All-ACC (Outdoor) – 400m Hurdles


Outdoor: Won the ACC title in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.36 and helped the 4x400m relay (3:05.83) to a second-place finish at the ACC Championships…Placed second in the 400m hurdles (51.38) at the UNF Invitational…Finished sixth in the 40oH with a personal best time of 50.21 and ran the third leg of the 4×100 relay team that finished ninth (3:04.74) at the Tom Jones Invitational… Competed for 13th place in 400H (51.40) at the Florida Relays…Placed second in 400H (50.92) for a new personal record and first place in 4×400 relay (3:07.67) at the Florida State Relays

Indoor: Competed for 15th place in the 400m prelims at the ACC Indoor Championships…Finished 31st in the 400m dash with a time of 48.05 at the Tyson Invitational… Rivera finished 33rd in the 800m with a time of 1:57.89 and third in the distance medley with a time of 10:03.79 (47.645 – leg 2) at the Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational… Rivera opened his 2022 season at the Clemson Invitational with a 17th-place finish in the 300m (34.85) and an eighth-place finish in the 400m (49.51).


Indoor: Competed at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships helping the 4×400 finish fifth (3:11.21) and the DMR finish ninth (10:25.31).

Outdoor: Competed at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships earning a new personal best 400H time of 53.41 finishing in ninth.


Indoor: Saw action in three meets…competed in the 400 at the Orange & Purple Invitational and the Bob Pollock Invitational…also ran the 4×400 at the Orange & Purple and closed out his season by competing in the 800 for the first time at the Tiger Paw Invitational.


Promising hurdler at the collegiate level after a decorated high school career…projects as an impact performer in the 400 hurdles based on his 2019 personal-best of 37.11, which he ran in a runner-up finish at the Great Southwest Classic and ranked No. 22 nationally…also finished 10th at New Balance Nationals in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best of  52.81…also owns a 110-meter hurdles personal best of 13.86…was Florida 4A 300 hurdles runner-up in 2019…won six of 10 300-meter hurdles finals as a senior, including FSU Relays, district and region titles…was runner-up at prestigious Arcadia Invitational in California…was the 2018 4A state champion in the 300 hurdles with a junior year best of 37.14…also placed seventh in 110-meter hurdles finals…was a four-year member of the track & field team at Lakewood Ranch…also ran cross country as a freshman…brother John Rivera Jr. also starred at Lakewood Ranch in the middle distance events and is a junior competing for Ole Miss…the son of John and Susan Rivera…his father played soccer at Penn State…is undecided on a major…born Nov. 16, 2000.