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Zach Clayton
Zach Clayton


Opelika, Ala.

High School:


2009 NCAA Outdoor Qualifier (Discus)
2008 NCAA Outdoor Qualifier (Discus)
2008 SEC All-Freshman Team (Discus)

2009 Outdoor: Placed 16th in the discus at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 55.00 meters (180-5) in the prelims ... Finished seventh at the Mideast Regional Championships with a season-best mark of 57.43m (188-5) ... Runner-up in the discus at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 55.73m (182-10) ... In his first competition of the season, qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional at the Tiger Track Classic, finishing third in an Invitational event with a mark of 54.46m (178-8) ... Second competition was at the Georgia Invitational, where he improved to 56.02m (183-9).

2008 Outdoor: Placed 19th in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a mark of 50.88m (166-11) ... Finished second in the discus at the Mideast Regional Championships with a personal-best throw of 58.49m (191-11) ... His mark ranks fifth in school history and was more than eight feet beyond his previous season best ... In his first competition in almost two years, won the discus throw at the Tiger Track Classic with a mark of 54.98m (180-4) ... Improved to 55.98m (183-8) at the Triton Invitational ... Finished sixth at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 55.97 (183-7), earning him a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team ... Also finished 16th in the shot put at the SEC meet.

2007: Redshirted.

High School: Three-time state champion in the discus and two-time state champ in the shot put ... Holds Alabama state discus record of 202-8 ... High school All-American by Track and Field News ... Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year for the state of Alabama ... Won the discus three times and shot put once at the Mobile Challenge of Champions.

Personal: Born Jan. 1, 1988 ... Son of Jerry and Becky Clayton ... Majoring in pre-business ... Defensive lineman on the football team ...Had seven tackles in six games in a 2009 season that was impacted by injuries ... Had 22 tackles as a sophomore in 2008, including 4.5 sacks, which ranked second on the team.

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