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  • Redshirt Senior
  • Throws
  • Champaign, Ill. (Champaign Central HS)


Weight Throw: 56-3.25- 2001 Florida Intercollegiates, Gainesville, Fla.
Shot Put: 35-5.75- 2001 Florida Intercollegiates, Gainesville, Fla.
Discus: 157-11 - 2001 Gator Twi-Light, Gainesville, Fla.
Hammer: 181-8 -2001 Gator Twi-Light, Gainesville, Fla.

HONORS: (Four-time Academic SEC Honor Roll) 2001 SEC Academic Honor Roll; 2000 SEC Academic Honor Roll; 1999 SEC Academic Honor Roll; 1998 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2001 AS A SENIOR: Bests of 56-3.25 (Weight Throw) 158-1 (Discus), 181-8 (Hammer Throw) and 35-5.75 (Shot Put)... Competed in 15 meets (six indoors, nine outdoors)... Fifth athlete in Florida history to earn SEC Academic Honor Roll four times... Scored two Top 10 finishes at the Reebok Invitational, seventh in the hammer throw, 10th in the discus... Personal best of 158-1, finishing seventh in the discus at the SEC Championships... 10th in the hammer throw at the SEC Championships, did not advance to the finals... Six in the discus and fifth in the hammer throw at the Woodland Mortgage Invitational... Finished second in both the hammer and the discus at the Florida Field Event Classic... Set personal bests in both the hammer (181-8) and the discus (157-11) at the Gator Twi-Light, winning the discus... Won the Flrida Challenge discus with a mark of 153-9... First career win came at the SEC Triangular meet in the discus... Finished 11th in the weight throw at the Nike Fast Times Meet... 11th in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships... 15th at the Tyson Invitational weight throw... Sixth at the Gator Invitational Weight Throw with a mark of 54-8.25... Finished fifth in the weight throw at the SEC Quad in Arkansas... Finished third in the weight throw (56-3.25) to move to fifth all-time at Florida and 19th in the shot put (35-5.75) at the Florida Intercollegiates.

2001 Wins (3): (o) Gator Twi-Light Discus (157-11), Florida Challenge discus (153-9), SEC Triangular discus (155-4).

2000 AS A JUNIOR: Bests of 146-1 (Discus), 162-2 (Hammer) and 50-4 (Weight Throw- Personal Best)... Competed in 10 meets (Four Indoors, Six Outdoors)... SEC Academic Honor Roll... 11th in the SEC Outdoor Championships Discus, 143-3 (43.67m); 14th in the Hammer Throw, 158-4 (48.27m)... Fourth in the Florida Relays collegiate Discus, 136-2 (41.50m); 16th in the collegiate Hammer, 157-3 (47.94m).

1999 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 149-1 (Discus), 168-8 (Hammer) and 50-1.25 (Weight Throw)... 12th in both the Hammer (155-8) and Discus (139-11) at the SEC Outdoor Championships... Ninth at the SEC Indoor Championships Weight Throw, 50-1.25.

1998 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 138-2 in the Discus and 151-10 in the Hammer... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Threw a personal best 151-10 in the hammer at the Barnett Bank Invitational, finishing fourth in the competition. 1997: Redshirted entire season...Qualified for the Junior National Championships in the hammer and discus...Named to the Dean's list.

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Earned team MVP honors in 1995 and '96...Holds high school record in the discus...Also lettered in volleyball as a prep.

PERSONAL: Born March 8, 1978... Parents are Greg and Susan Townsend... Has one brother, John who swims at University of Alabama... 1996 graduate of Champaign Central High School...Father is a circuit judge...Former UF ROTC cadet comissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on Aug. 11, 2000... Enjoys hiking, biking and reading...Also considered Georgetown before selecting UF.

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