Event: 100m, 200m
PR: 100m - 9.89 (2008); 200m - 20.32 (2008)
Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.
High School: Crest (Shelby, N.C.) High School '05
College: Clemson '99
Coach: Loren Seagrave
Padgett had the second-fastest time in the semi-finals at the 2011 USA Outdoor Champs, but did not race in the finals. He will represent Team USA at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea as a member of the 4x100m relay pool. As he did in 2008 at the Olympic Trials, Padgett finished fourth at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships, earning a spot in the 4x100m relay pool at the World Outdoor Championships in Berlin. Padgett surprised many in coming just one-hundredth of a second short in his bid to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. By virtue of his fourth-place finish in the event, Padgett was named to the U.S. Olympic Team as a member of the Team USA 4x100m relay pool. Padgett broke the collegiate record in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Trials with a personal best of 9.89. In the second semifinal at the Trials he overcame a tough start and played catch-up down the stretch to finish second in 10.11 seconds. Padgett got an outstanding jump out of the blocks in the final, but was out-leaned at the finish line by Darvis Patton who took third and the final Olympic Team 100m roster spot in 9.84. Padgett ran a 9.85, though the performance was aided by a +4.1 meters per second wind reading. Padgett experienced a whirlwind year in 2008 in which he was named the ACC’s outstanding track performer, finished second in the 100m at the NCAA Outdoor Champs, and ended the season as a six-time All-American. Named the 2007 ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year, Padgett was a sociology major at Clemson. He turned pro following the 2008 Olympic Games with one year of collegiate eligibility remaining.
2011: Did not start in final of USA Outdoors... 2nd at Clermont Classic (9.99)... 3rd at Luzern (10.28).
2010: 5th at USA Indoors (6.60)...False start in final of USA Outdoors...5th in Daegu (10.30)… 3rd in Doha (9.92w)… 4th in 60m at Boston Indoor Games (6.55)...runner-up at Liege (10.10)...best of 10.10.
2009: 4th at USA Outdoors (10.02)...1st at Doha (10.00)...4th at Tyson Invitational (6.63)…3rd at Reebok BIG (6.62)...ranked #4 in U.S., #9 in world by T&FN...best of 10.00.
2008: Ran in opening round 4x100m relay (2nd leg) at Olympic Games that did not finish…4th at Olympic Trials (9.85w)…1st in quarterfinal at Olympic Trials (9.89PR, collegiate record)…runner-up at NCAA Outdoors (10.16)…6th in semis at NCAA Outdoors 200m (20.77)…7th in 4x100m relay at NCAA Outdoors…3rd at NCAA Indoor 60m (6.60)…ACC 100m champ (10.22)…3rd at ACC Outdoors 200m (21.04)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 9.89.
2007: 4th at NCAA Outdoors (10.24)…NCAA Indoor 60m champ (6.56)…ACC 100m champion (10.35)…6th in semis at USA Outdoors (10.29)…4th at ACC champs 60m (6.68)…ran lead leg on Clemson’s 7th place 4x100m relay at NCAA Outdoors (40.07)…best of 10.09.
2006: 4th at NCAA Outdoors (10.24)…5th in opening round at USA Outdoors (10.43)…6th in prelims of 4x100m relay at NCAA Outdoors (39.67)…ACC Indoor 60m runner-up (6.74)…best of 10.00.
2005: Best of 10.62
2004: Best of 10.46