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    Kevin Thompson     
     
      Kevin Thompson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Germantown, Tenn.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 195

Event:
Decathlon/ 400/ HJ

Experience:
3L

2002-Outdoor- Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Earned Verizon Academic All-District IV honors ... Won Dr. Jack Chesney Award for most outstanding senior academically at team banquet ... Won Comeback of the Year Award along with Tim Bell at team banquet ... Won Most Improved Athlete Award along with Clint Binder, Rondell Mershon and Steve Pitlik at team banquet ... Earned All-America honors with a ninth-place (eighth American), 7,598-point, lifetime-best performance with a furious charge at the NCAA Outdoors (June 1) ... At the NCAAs, Thompson notched decathlon PRs in no fewer than six events -- 100m dash (10.89), long jump (22-9), shot put (50-1 1/4), 110m hurdles (14.87), javelin (164-7) and 1,500m run (4:39.23) ... Finished the season with one of the top-five Vol marks of the outdoor campaign in five events -- shot put (first), decathlon (7,598), discus (second), high jump (fourth) and long jump (fifth) ... Breakout season began with an automatic qualifier of 7,567 points to win the Trojan Classic decathlon (March 18) ... At the Trojan Classic, Thompson posted decathon PRs of 46-8 in the shot put, 14.95 in the 110m hurdles and 150-5 in the discus to write his ticket to the NCAA meet ... With the SEC title on the line, Thompson stepped up for a second-place, 7,242-point finish to help the Vols defend their SEC Outdoor title ... Rode first-place finishes in the shot put (46-11 3/4) and discus (138-4) to the SEC decathlon runner-up finish ... Also entered the shot put at SECs, finishing 13th with a 46-1 1/2 mark.

2002-Indoor-
Stands fourth on Tennessee’s all-time pentathlon list with his career-best, 4,080-point effort to notch third at the SEC Indoor meet (Feb. 22) ... Posted lifetime pentathlon bests in the 60m hurdles (8.25), long jump (22-4 1/2) and shot put (49-11) ... Also entered the shot put competition at the SEC Indoors in hopes of scrapping for points, but took 12th with a 47-4 1/4 measurement ... Won the Kroger Invitational Pentathlon with 3,973 points at Virginia Tech ... Thompson’s winning effort included a pentathlon lifetime best in the 60m hurdles (8.25).

2001-Outdoor-
Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...A decathlete with many strengths, Thompson appears ready to carry on Tennessee’s decathlon legacy...Thompson ended up with the squad’s fourth-best mark or better in five events--decathlon-7,301 (second); high jump-6-8 3/4 (second), shot put-44-9 (third), long jump-22-2 1/4w (fourth) and discus-148-9 (fourth)...Hit highwater mark with silver-medal, 7,301 performance at the Sea Ray Relays decathlon (April 12) in Knoxville...The 7,301 effort stands as a personal best and a provisional qualifier...At the Sea Rays, Thompson won the discus (140-4) and took second in the shot put (44-9), high jump (6-8 3/4) and 400M dash (48.76) to propel him to the runner-up finish...Withdrew from the SEC Outdoors decathlon after the shot put with a left hamstring strain suffered in the 100M dash.

2001-Indoor- Offered up the second-best Vol effort of the season in the pentathlon...Qualified for the USA Indoor Heptathlon but had to withdraw because of injury...Just one month removed from the football field and Tennessee’s Cotton Bowl trip, Thompson chalked up a personal-best, second-place, 3,862-point finish in the Virginia Tech Pentathlon (Feb. 2)...Thompson registered career bests in the 60M hurdles and 1,000M run to fuel his second-place finish and USA Indoor qualifier.

2000-Outdoor- Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll... Took fourth at the SEC decathlon with a career-best 7,183 points (May 12)... Strongest events at the SEC decathlon were the high jump (fourth, 6-6 3/4) and pole vault (second, 14-5 1/4)...Competed in the high jump (sixth, 6-4 3/4), pole vault (14-2 3/4) and the discus (129-8) at the Knoxville Invitational...Competed in the preliminaries of the 400M dash (50.38) and 110M hurdles (15.77) at the
National Invitational Team Championships...Took seventh in the Florida Relays decathlon with 6,978 points winning the 400M dash in the process...Started the outdoor season with a 39-6 mark in the shot put and 158-3 mark in the javelin.

2000-Indoor- Finished eighth with 3,536 points in the Virginia Tech Pentathlon with a third-place, 6-5 1/2 clearance in the high jump as a strong point...Marked a 22-5 1/4 mark (fifth) in the long jump and ran a 7.82 in the 55M hurdles preliminaries at the UT All-Comers Meet...Took seventh in the high jump (6-6) and shot put (42-0) at the SEC Quad...Cleared 6-6 to finish fourth in the high jump and ran a fifth-place, 2:13.74 in the 800M run decathlete section to open the sesaon at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

1999- Redshirted...In the summer, took third in the decathlon with 6,604 points at the USA Junior Nationals....Won James Snow Award at UT’s track banquet for being the most outstanding freshman academically.

HIGH SCHOOL- Provides more strength to solid decathlon group...State runner-up in the decathlon...State champion in the 400M dash...Ranked among the world’s top 100 junior decathletes...Voted Most Outstanding Track Athlete...All-Metro for track and football...Elected track team captain in senior year...Set
school records in the 400M and decathlon...Part of 4x400M relay team that set school record...State runner-up in the high jump...Also played basketball...Member of 2000 Tennessee football squad.

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