Trey Hardee

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Trey Hardee
Trey Hardee, 2012 Olympic Decathlon Silver Medalist.jpg
Trey Hardee at DTW 8/12/12
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1984-02-07) February 7, 1984 (age 32)
Birmingham, Alabama
Residence Austin, Texas
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Country United States United States
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) Decathlon, Heptathlon
College team Mississippi State, University of Texas
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Decathlon: 8790, (Berlin, Germany 2009)
  • Indoor Heptathlon: 6184, (Doha, Qatar 2010)

2006 NCAA Division I Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year 2005 NCAA Outdoor champion - Decathlon

2009 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 medalist at the London 2012 Olympics.

High school and college career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

Hardee at the 2009 World Athletics Championships

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. [1]

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.[2][3] He was awarded the Jim Thorpe All-Around Award by the United States Sports Academy for his achievements that year.[4] In the same year, he won the USA Outdoor champion with a score of 8,261.

At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Hardee won a silver medal in the heptathlon, finishing behind Bryan Clay. Hardee finished with a points total of 6184, 20 points behind Clay.[5]

At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in August, Hardee retained the world decathlon title with a final points tally of 8607, defeating his compatriot Ashton Eaton.[6]

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)[edit]

Event Performance Location Date
100 metres 10.39s Götzis May 29, 2010
200 metres 21.09s Waco May 13, 2006
400 metres 47.51s Sacramento June 7, 2006
1500 metres 4:40.94 London August 9, 2012
110 metres hurdles 13.54s London August 9, 2012
High jump 2.05m Beijing August 21, 2008
Pole vault 5.35m Eugene June 26, 2015
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 April 6, 2016.

PB Decathlon and potential PB[edit]

PB Potential PB
Event Performance Points PB Points
100 m 10.45 987 10.40 999
Long Jump 7.83 1017 7.88 1030
Shot Put 15.33 810 15.63 828
High Jump 1.99 794 2.05 850
400 m 48.13 903 47.51 933
110m Hurdles 13.54 1035 13.54 1035
Discus Throw 48.08 830 52.68 926
Pole Vault 5.20 972 5.25 988
Javelin Throw 68.00 859 68.00 859
1500 m 4:48.91 625 4:42.23 666
Points total 8790 9114


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  2. ^ Nesha Starcevic (August 21, 2009). "Hardee wins decathlon gold medal at worlds". The Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-08-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ "American Hardee wins world decathlon title". American Free Press. August 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  4. ^ Hardee receives Thorpe Award from US Sports Academy. IAAF (2009-11-18). Retrieved on 2009-11-19. Archived November 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Clay, Hardee lay framework for London sweep . Universal Sports (2010-03-13). Retrieved on 2010-03-13. Archived May 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 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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