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    Tavis Bailey     
      Tavis  Bailey
Kannapolis, N.C.

High School:
A.L. Brown

Last College:



Year (XC/In/Out):

Shot Put: 62-8/19.11m (2015)
Weight Throw: 71-11.5/21.93m (2015)

Discus: 211-7/64.51m (2014)
Shot Put: 63-3.5/19.29m (2014)


2012 Outdoor Discus Throw: 2nd, 177-1/53.98m
2013 Outdoor Shot Put: 5th, 59-2/18.03m
2014 Indoor Weight Throw: 3rd, 69-10/21.29m (2015)
2014 Indoor Shot Put: 1st, 62-8/19.11m (2015)
2014 Outdoor Discus: 4th, 197-0/60.06m
2014 Outdoor Shot Put: 6th, 62-8.5/19.11m
2015 Indoor Weight Throw: 2nd, 70-6.25/21.49m
2015 Indoor Shot Put: 6th, 59-5.50/18.12m
2015 Outdoor Shot Put: 7th, 57-3.00/17.45m
2015 Outdoor Discus: 4th, 189-11/57.88

  • Named second team All-American in the men's weight throw after placing 9th at the NCAA Indoor Championships
  • Placed second in the weight throw at the 2015 SEC Championships with an effort of 70 feet, 6.25 inches (2.10m)
  • Placed sixth in the shot put at the SEC Championships behind a toss of 18.12 meters (59-5.50)
  • Won the 2014 Ed Murphey Award for outstanding performance
  • 2012 Outdoor All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2012 SEC Outdoor discus runner-up
  • Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Won the 2012 Vol Ed Murphey Award for an Outstanding Performance
  • Named SEC Field Athlete of the Week (May 5, 2015)

  • Placed ninth in the men's weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships (69-9.75/21.28), earning second team All-America honors
  • Beat personal best mark in shot put (19.11m), placing first at Hokie Invitational. Beat personal best in weight, finishing third (21.29m)
  • Finished first in shot put at the Hokie Invitational (19.11m). Finished third in weight (21.29m)
  • Posted a career-best for the second straight in the weight throw at the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17, finishing second in the event with a toss of 21.02 meters (68-11.75)
  • Came in second in the shot put at the Auburn Invitational with a throw of 18.08 (59-4.0)
  • Placed second in the weight throw with a new personal best of 21.93m at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14
  • Recorded his season-best throw in the shot put at the Hoosier Open on Dec. 12 (18.36/60-3.0)
  • Placed second in discus at the Alabama Relays (58.40m/191-7)
  • Finished eighth in Section A of the Texas Relays with a throw of 56.87m (186-7)
  • Finished second in discus with a throw of 58.74m (192-8) at the Bobcat Invitational
  • Grabbed a fourth-place finish in the shot put at the Tennessee Relays (61-5.50/18.73)
  • Earned top medalist honors in the discus invitational at the Tennessee Relays behind a throw of 193 feet (58.84)
  • Finished first place in both discus (198-04/60.46) and shot put (59-7.00/18.16) at the War Eagle Invitational
  • Placed ninth in the shot put championships at the Penn Relays with a distance of 55 feet, 7 inches (16.94)
  • Finished fifth in the discus throw at the Penn Relays (60.20m/197-6)
  • Earned SEC Men's Field Athlete of the Week (May 5) after posting a win in the men's discus at the Tennessee Challenge with a season-best throw of 62.20 meters (204-01). Also placed second in the men's shot put at the Challenge at 17.17 meters (56-4.00)
  • Placed fourth and seventh in the discus (189-11/57.88) and shot put (57-3/17.45) competitions at the SEC Championships

  • Fourth in weight throw at SECs with personal best of 19.99m, fifth on UT all-time performer list. Also placed fifth in shot put at SECs
  • Won shot put competition at Cupid Classic with mark of 19.10
  • Surpassed meet record for weight throw at Blazer invitational, where he placed third
  • Finished no lower than sixth in any event during season
  • 13th place performance in shot put, while garnering 6th in discus at NCAA East Regionals to move onto national championship
  • SEC scorer finishing 6th in discus (60.06m) and shot put (19.11m) at conference meet
  • Surpassed previous best to break his own school record in the discus at Tennessee Challenge with throw of 64.51m
  • Scored four victories in discus throughout the 2014 season
  • Five top ten performances in shot put including personal best at Tennessee Relays with 19.29m

  • Competed in both the shot put and weight throw at the SEC Championship meet
  • Finished 12th in the shot, with a top distance of 55-4.75
  • In the weight, earned 26th place with a toss of 49-3.75
  • Placed 12th in the shot put at the Tyson Invitational with a distance of 55-1.50
  • Also competed in the weight throw, finishing with a distance of 51-1.50 to place 22nd
  • Threw the weight 52-2.5 to place 28th in the Championship division at the Armory Invitational
  • Also competed in the shot put there, where he finished seventh in the Championship division with a toss of 56-4.75
  • Competed in the shot put and the weight throw at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge, earning personal records in both events
  • Claimed the title of the shot put with a new best distance of 60-0.25
  • Placed eighth in the weight throw with a career best distance of 53-8.25
  • Earned a new personal best in the weight throw at the Virginia Tech Invitational, placing sixth with a distance of 52-3.75
  • Also competed in the shot put, earning second place with a toss of 57-0.75
  • Participated in his first indoor meet as a Vol at the Kentucky Invitational, placing fourth and earning a new personal best of 57-1.50 in the shot put
  • Also competed in the weight throw, earning an indoor personal best with a distance of 52-2 and placing 11th
  • Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the discus, finishing twelfth with a toss of 178-9 at the East Qualifier
  • Scored at the SEC Championship in the shot put, placing fifth with a personal record throw of 59-2...Also competed in the discus, placing tenth
  • Competed in the shot put at the Samford Open, where he finished second behind teammate Matthew Hoty with a toss of 54-6.75
  • Traveled to the west coast to compete in the LBSU Beach Invitational's discus, finishing sixth with a distance of 179-4
  • Threw on his home field at the Sea Ray Relays, finishing second in the invitational discus with a mark of 183-4, and seventh in the shot put with a career-best launch of 57-5.75
  • Reached a then-personal best distance of 57-0.75 in the shot put at the Florida Relays, placing ninth in the invitational division
  • Placed fourth in the invitational discus, reaching 177-8
  • Started the weekend early at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational, winning the discus with a distance of 195-2
  • Competed in the discus again at the Texas Relays, finishing sixth in the A division with a throw of 194-4
  • Topped his previous shot put personal record with a mark of 55-7 at the Texas relays to place 12th
  • Started his outdoor season with a win, personal best, meet record, and facility record in the discus at the MSU Conference Challenge, reaching 196-6
  • Also earned a then-personal record in the shot put at the meet, hitting 54-6.5 to place fourth

  • Outdoor All-SEC Second Team
  • SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Earned the Vol Ed Murphy Award for an Outstanding Performance
  • Redshirted
  • Produced a second-place finish in the discus at the SEC Outdoor Championships, landing a career-best mark of 177-1
  • Added a ninth-place finish in the shot at 51-5
  • Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the discus throw but did not progress beyond that round after finishing with a distance of 172-7
  • Claimed the Invitational discus crown at the Sea Ray Relays with a fling of 176-9
  • Finished first in the discus at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a toss of 176-4
  • Won the discus in his first home meet as a Vol, landing a mark of 171-1
  • Was runner-up in UCLA/Washington State Double Dual with a best throw of 176-4
  • Produced a second-place finish in the discus with a toss of 173-11 in his UT debut at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge
  • Had an eighth-place showing in the shot, tossing the ball a career-best 51-8 1/4
  • Fourth in the Open shot at 51-3 1/2 and threw the discus 173-7 in the Open section to place 15th at the UCSD Triton Invitational

    After transferring from Lenoir-Rhyne, competed unattached at the USA Junior Championships during summer 2011, placing fifth in the discus with a toss of 178-3 in Eugene, Ore.

  • Was a scholarship football player for the Bears during the 2010 season and was on the 2011 track team as an unattached competitor before transferring to Tennessee to devote total focus on his throwing career
  • Also competed unattached on the track team for the Bears, uncorking a toss of 173-10 on his third attempt to win the discus throw at the 2011 Raleigh Relays
  • That effort cemented his desire to pursue a throwing career at an NCAA Division I institution

  • Was the 2010 AAU Junior Olympics national champion in the discus with a career-best throw of 191-2
  • Competed at the 2010 N.C. USATF Junior Olympics, winning first in discus (178-5) and placing second in shot put (49-1.25)
  • Placed ninth in discus at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Nationals at 168-4.75
  • Earned first place in discus and second in shot put at the NCHSAA State Track Championships in 2010
  • Holds a North Carolina State Meet record in his classification for discus, with a distance of 185-1
  • Played football in North Carolina's East-West All-Star Game

  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Born Jan. 6, 1992 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
  • Parents are Edwina and Charles Wright, Jr.
  • Has two siblings, James, and Geneva
  • Recipient of Aura D. Branson Athletic Scholarship Endowment

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