Pate did not compete in 2010 due to a series of nagging injuries, but intends to return to competition in 2011. On his second jump at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Pate soared to 8.22m26-11.75, which secured a third place finish for him and a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team for the first time in his career. He edged out reigning Olympic champion Dwight Phillips for the final Olympic roster spot by .75 of an inch. Pate ended the 2008 season ranked #1 in the U.S. by Track & Field News for the first time in his career. He had been top-ten U.S. ranked on seven previous occasions, and ranked #2 on four occasions. With his runner-up finish at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships and 10th place finish at the World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, Pate demonstrated in 2007 that he remains one of the world’s premier long jumpers. Pate enjoyed a satisfying long jump victory at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships, made even sweeter when recalling an incident two years previous that nearly ended his track and field career. At the 2003 Nike Prefontaine Classic, Pate suffered what could have been a career ending injury during his final jump of the competition. After already winning the event with a mark of 8.27m/27-01.75, he landed awkwardly, tearing his lateral cruciate ligament (LCL), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Unable to compete for the remainder of the 2003 and most of the 2004 seasons, Pate spent his first six weeks after surgery on crutches and then 15 months doing intense rehab to comeback for the 2005 season. Pate stormed back from his injuries in 2005 to win the USA Outdoor title and finish the year ranked #2 in the world behind countryman Dwight Phillips. Pate won the 2002 USA Indoor Championships with an enormous personal best leap 8.59m/28-2.25. It was the farthest long jump indoors by an American since Carl Lewis set the world record in 1984. Only Lewis, Ivan Pedroso of Cuba and Pate have ever bettered 28 feet indoors. Pate was all-state in both basketball and track and field as a prep senior at West Feliciana high school. He enrolled as a two-sport athlete at Meridian Community College, but decided to concentrate on track and field after his freshman season...has high jumped 2.18/7-1.75…received his degree in Criminal Justice in the Spring of 2002…surprised many with his fourth place finish at 2001 World Outdoors.
2010: Did not compete due to injuries.
2009: 4th at USA Outdoors (8.20m/26-11)...19th in Group B qualifying at World Outdoors (7.61m/24-11.75)...3rd at Rabat (8.05m/26-5)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 8.20m/26-11.
2008: 38th in qualifying at Olympic Games (7.34m/24-1)…3rd at Olympic Trials (8.22m/26-11.75)…4th at Bislett Games Oslo (8.14)…6th at DKB-ISTAF Berlin (8.02)...1st at Baton Rouge (8.18m/26-10)…ranked #6 in world, #1 U.S. by T&FN…best of 8.24m/27-1.
2007: USA Outdoor runner-up (8.24m/27-0.5)…10th at World Outdoors (7.94m/26-0.75)...4th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (7.84m/25-8.75)…2nd at Rome (8.06m/26-5.5)…3rd at Padova (8.03m/26-4.25)…4th at Modesto Relays (8.02m/26-3.75)…1st at Ponce (8.02m/26-3.75)…ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 8.24m/27-0.5.
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoors (7.96m/26-1.5)...1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (8.27m/27-1.75)...7th at Paris (8.00m/26-3)...6th at Rome (8.10m26-7)...6th at Athens (8.17m/26-9.75)...ranked #7 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 8.27m/27-1.75.
2005: USA Outdoor long jump champion (8.35m/27-4.75)…6th in Group A qualifying at World Outdoor champs (7.70m/25-3.75)…1st at Sheffield (8.45m/27-8.75)…runner-up at World Athletics Final (8.30m/27-2.75)…3rd at Madrid (8.24m/27-0.5)…2nd at Stanford (8.17m/26-9.75)…ranked #2 in world & U.S. by T&FN…best of 8.45m/27-8.75.
2004: Did not compete due to injuries.
2003: USA Indoor champion (8.25m/27-0.75).
2002: Set USA Indoor Championships record by winning with a leap of (8.59m/28-2.25), old record was 8.49m/27-10.25 by Carl Lewis in 1981...won NCAA Indoor long jump title (8.34/27-4.5), runner-up with a PR in TJ (16.62m/54-6.5i)…2nd at USA Outdoors (8.45m/27-8.75)…1st at Modesto (8.33m/27-4)…1st at Palo Alto (8.28m/27-2)… 1st at Salamanca (8.15m/26-9w)…1st at Lignano (8.21m/26-11.25)…1st at Thessaloniki (8.42m/27-7.5)…ranked #2 in the world, #2 in the U.S…best of 8.59m/28-2.25i.
2001: 4th at World Outdoor Championships (8.21w/26-11.25)…Runner-up, USA Outdoors LJ (8.35m/27-4.75)… 5th at NCAA Outdoors (7.93m/26-0.25)…jumped 8.48/27-10w in Ft. Worth on April 21…ranked #10 in world & #3 in U.S. by T&FN… bests of 8.20m/26-11 and 16.48/54-1PR.
2000: 8th at Olympic Trials LJ (7.95m/26-1)… 5th at NCAA Outdoors LJ (7.77m/25-6)… best of 8.26m/27-1.25.
1999: Won TJ at Junior College Championships…best of 52-7.5w.
1998: 4th at Junior College Championships in LJ…bests of 25-2.5 and 50-7.25.