Trey Hardee at DTW 8/12/12
February 7, 1984 |
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Sport||Track and Field|
|College team||Mississippi State, University of Texas|
|Achievements and titles|
2006 NCAA Division I Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year 2005 NCAA Outdoor champion - Decathlon2009 Jim Thorpe All-Around Award
James Edward "Trey" Hardee III (born February 7, 1984, in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American track and field athlete who specializes in the decathlon. He is a former NCAA Champion, a two-time World Outdoor Champion, a member of the United States 2008 Olympic team, and the silver medal decathlon winner of the London 2012 Olympics.
High school and college career
Hardee did not start out as a decathlete. He preferred basketball, and only joined the track and field team as a junior after failing to make the basketball varsity squad at Vestavia Hills High School. He was recruited to Mississippi State as a pole vaulter. It was at Mississippi State that coaches, noting his combination of size and speed, pushed him toward the decathlon and the indoor heptathlon.
Hardee started college at Mississippi State in 2002 where he finished second in the 2004 NCAA decathlon. Mississippi State dropped its indoor track and field program after the 2004 season and Hardee transferred to the University of Texas. At Texas, Hardee won the 2005 NCAA decathlon championship and was third in the NCAA heptathlon final. In 2006, he set the NCAA decathlon record with a then-personal best 8,465 points and was named the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
Prior to the 2012 Olympics, Hardee had won several major events. He was the runner up at the 2008 US Olympic Trials and was in 4th place overall at the 2008 Summer Olympics games when his no-height score in the pole vault cost him a chance to medal. Hardee's performances during the 2008 outdoor season garnered interest from the New York Jets of the National Football League who offered him a tryout. Hardee expressed no interest in pursuing the team. 
At the 2009 World Athletics Championships, in Berlin, Hardee won gold in the decathlon with a points total of 8790, which is his personal record. He was awarded the Jim Thorpe All-Around Award by the United States Sports Academy for his achievements that year. In the same year, he won the USA Outdoor champion with a score of 8,261.
In 2012, Hardee again finished second in the Olympic Trials, making a second Olympic Team, and on August 9, 2012, won the silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics behind Eaton.
Personal bests (outdoor)
|100 metres||10.40s||Austin||April 2, 2008|
|200 metres||21.09s||Waco||May 13, 2006|
|400 metres||47.51s||Sacramento||June 7, 2006|
|1500 metres||4:42.23||Sacramento||June 8, 2006|
|110 metres hurdles||13.54s||London||August 9, 2012|
|High jump||2.05m||Beijing||August 21, 2008|
|Pole vault||5.25m||Austin||April 3, 2008|
|Long jump||7.88m||Götzis||May 28, 2011|
|Shot put||15.72m||Eugene||June 22, 2012|
|Discus throw||52.68m||Austin||April 3, 2008|
|Javelin throw||68.99m||Daegu||August 28, 2011|
Last updated August 9, 2012.
PB Decathlon and potential PB
- Nesha Starcevic (August 21, 2009). "Hardee wins decathlon gold medal at worlds". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-21.[dead link]
- "American Hardee wins world decathlon title". American Free Press. August 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31.
- Hardee receives Thorpe Award from US Sports Academy. IAAF (2009-11-18). Retrieved on 2009-11-19.[dead link]
- Clay, Hardee lay framework for London sweep . Universal Sports (2010-03-13). Retrieved on 2010-03-13.[dead link]
- Hart, Simon (August 28, 2011). "World Athletics Championships 2011: American Trey Hardee retains decathlon title as Ashton Eaton fades". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
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