Christian Coleman enjoyed a spectacular 2016 sophomore season at Tennessee. He was named a 2016 USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field First-Team All-American for the 60m, 200m, and 4x400m relay and captured the 200 meter national title. He was also the 2016 SEC Indoor Champion in the 60m. Coleman was the 2016 SEC Men’s Indoor Runner of the Year and USTFCCCA South Regional Athlete of the Year. He garnered USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field First-Team All-America honors in June after taking second place in both the 100 meters and 200 meters at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He set a new Tennessee record with a 10.03 in the 100-meter semifinals at NCAAs, breaking Justin Gatlin’s 2002 school mark of 10.05. He was honored by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame as its Male Amateur Athlete of the Year.
Coleman was outstanding in the men’s 100 meters at the 2016 U.S. Trials. He ran at a world-class level, clocking the second-fastest time in the first round at 9.96 (+2.4) and the third-fastest time in the semifinals with a PR 9.95 (+1.7). Coleman finished sixth in the 100-meter final with a time of 10.03 (+1.6).