Tyree Washington was a local track and field star who graduated from La Sierra High School in 1996. He was the California State High School 400 meter champion in 1994 and placed second in 1995 with a time of 46.34 (which he later lowered to a personal best time of 46.00). Tyree attended San Bernardino Valley College through 1998. He won the 200 and 400 meter events at the California Community College Championships in 1997.
Tyree’s professional career has been one success after another. He anchored the gold medal 4×400 meter relay team at the 1997 World Championships held in Athens,Greece, where he also was awarded a Bronze medal in the 400 meters. He placed second in the 200 meters and 400 meters at the 1998 Goodwill Games and was ranked #4 in the world in the 400 meters in 1998, with nine straight clockings under 45-seconds. Slowed by injury and illness, Tyree burst back on the international scene in 2003 in the 400 meters with a World Indoor Championship, a USA Indoor Championship, a first place at the Nike Prefontaine Classic and as part of the World Outdoor Relay Championship team. His stellar career continued through 2006 with wins on the international circuit in Rome, Rovereto, at the World Athletics Final and in running the lead leg of Team USA’s gold medal 4x400meters relay squad at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow.
Currently Tyree is on a personal mission to help troubled youth through counseling and in ridding the sports world of illegal steroids.