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2007-08: Currently second place on Marquette's top-10 list in both the indoor (15-3) and outdoor (15-1) pole vault, behind only MU assistant coach Zach Pawlowski...Member of 4x100m relay team with Antonio Jones, Tyler O'Brien and Raymond Bratchett that holds the school record in the event... In outdoor competition, placed fifth at the Notre Dame Invitational in the pole vault reaching 13-9.25...Finished fourth at the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational, clearing a BIG EAST-qualifying height of 14-7.25 to finish fourth...Finished sixth at the Notre Dame Invitational...Finished eighth at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships, with a height of 15-3 to claim the No. 2 spot on the top-10 list...During the first meet of the outdoor season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, registered a BIG EAST-qualifying height of 14-9 in the pole vault...Finished eighth once again at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships, clearing 14-9...Won the pole vault at the DePaul Relays with a height of 15-0.
2006-07: Did not compete in either season...
2005-06: Recorded an indoor personal-best pole vault of 14-9 in a sixth-place finish at the BIG EAST Indoor Championship ... Placed fifth in the pole vault with a height of 14-1.25 at the Badger Classic ... Ran an indoor personal-best time in the 200m (23.4) at the UWM Developmental Meet ... Vaulted an outdoor season-best height of 14-9 at the Iowa Musco Twilight.
2004-05: Finished sixth in the pole vault at the indoor championships and eighth in the pole vault in the outdoor championships ... Logged a season best height of 15-01.00 at the C-USA outdoor championships ... Excelled indoors in the pole vault capturing second place finishes in back-to-back meets at the Pepsi Challenge (2/12/05) and Panther Tune-Up (2/18/05) ... Also competed in the 60m and 200m in outdoors.
High School: Member of the state champion 400m relay team in 2004 and 800m relay team in 2003 ... Took third place in the pole vault with a personal best jump of 14 feet at the 2004 state meet ... Also lettered in football and basketball ... Coached as a Trojan by Mike Vann and Brad Schuster.
Personal: Born on August 2, 1985 ... Son of Alan and Mary Kay ... Has a younger sister, Emily.