5K: 16:24.59 (2010)
8K: 26:40.70 (2011)
CAREER HONORS: 2011 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
2011: Wound up 75th at the SEC Championships in an 8K career best of 26:40.70...Ran seventh for the team, placed 78th overall and posted a then-8K career best of 27:13.51 at the Crimson Classic...Placed 17th overall and eighth among his teammates at the 8K Tennessee Invitational in a then-personal-best time of 27:18.02...Hit the finish chute in 35th place, seventh among UT runners, in a time of 16:28.49 at the 5K Belmont-VU Opener.
2010: Popped the top on his UT career at the 5K Belmont-VU Opener, running fifth for the Big Orange and placing 27th overall in a career-best 16:24.59...Logged an 8K time of 28:02.13 to place 70th at the Commodore Classic...Ran in 8K ISU Pre-National Open Race, finishing 103rd in a career-best 27:29.8...Named to the 2011 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
HIGH SCHOOL: Owns a 16:45 5K personal best in the Senior Boys Division at the 2009 Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships...Won the 2000m steeplechase at the 2010 Volunteer Track Classic and was runner-up in 2009...Had a PR steeple clocking of 6:17.69 in taking 13th at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Nationals...Broke every distance record at Sevier County High School, many of them formerly held by his father...National finalist for Wendy's High School Heisman in 2009...Valedictorian of his class.
PERSONAL: Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Born April 11, 1992, in Knoxville, Tenn.... Parents are Eddie and Libby McCandless...Has a younger sister, Caitlyn.