Rainier Beach HS and University of Oregon alum Michael Berry (left/photo by Paul Merca) announced his move to Orlando, Florida to train for the 2016 season on his Facebook account.
“I apologize if I left without a proper farewell...for those of you who don't know. I'M GONE!!! I made a business decision and now I'm living in Orlando. Florida.”
In a message sent by Berry to paulmerca.blogspot.com, he revealed that he will train at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World under former Stanford and US Olympic team coach Brooks Johnson, with former Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt as one of his training partners.
In the 2015 season, Berry trained in the Seattle area under his high school and Seatown Express coach Eric Metcalf.
Berry advanced to the semifinals at the USA championships in the 400, where he finished second before being disqualified for a lane violation. Berry ran a season best of 45.13 in the first round at the national championships in Eugene.
Berry was also disqualified at the USA indoor championship meet in Roxbury Crossing, MA., in the 300m for a lane violation.
The Rainier Beach HS grad ran a leg on the Team USA squad that set a world record in the distance medley relay of 9:25.97 on January 31st in New York.