Event: Long Jump
Current Residence: Hephzibah, GA
High School: Glenn Hills (Augusta, Ga.) H.S.
Coach: Kirk Kareem Streete-Thompson
Agent: Andy Stubbs
Two-Time USA Outdoor Champion - 2009 (8.23m/27-0); 2013 (8.23/27-0)
3rd at 2012 Olympic Trials Long Jump (8.21m/26-11)
Three-time ACC Champion- 2004 Outdoor (7.47m/24-6.25); 2005 Outdoor (7.68m/25-2.5) and Indoor (7.60m/24-11.25)
2004 ACC Indoor Runner-Up (7.38m/24-2.5)
Awards and Honors
Three-time NCAA Division I All-American
Sitting in third place Kitchens knew his jump would have to be an Olympic ‘A’ standard in order to earn his spot on the US Olympic Team. In the third round at the Olympic Trials, Kitchens jumped 8.21m/26-11 to hit the Olympic ‘A’ standard and call himself an Olympian. Kitchens attended Clemson University from 2001-2005 where he was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American and a three-time ACC Champion. At the age of 12, Kitchens was shot multiple times at his home in Augusta, Ga. He still has the scars and it was a true story of redemption when Kitchens made the London Olympic team. When Kitchens is not training, he is working as a personal trainer in his hometown and helps younger, local long jumpers improve.
2013: USA Outdoor champion (8.23/27-0); 4th at Tokyo (7.57/24-10); 2nd at Mt. SAC Relays (8.01/26-3)
2012: USA Olympic Trials 3rd place (8.21m/26-11.25); 3rd place at adidas Grand Prix (7.88m/25-10.25); 3rd at Daegu (7.92m/26-0); 1st at Georgia Relays (8.27m/27-1.75).
2011: 1st at Bob Pollock Invite (7.87im/25-10).
2010: 6th at Ponce Grand Prix (7.32m/24-0.25); 11th at USA Outdoor Championships (7.64m/25-0.75)
2009: 6th at Gateshead British Grand Prix (7.78m/25-6.25); 1st at Velletri International (7.80m/25-7.25); 1st at Lignano International (7.90m/25-11); 1st at USA Outdoor Championships (8.23m/27-0); 4th at USA Indoor Championships (7.56m/24-9.75)
2008: 2nd at Georgia Tech Invite (7.83m/25-8.25)
2007: 14th at USA Outdoor Championships (7.46m/24-5.75); 1st at Clemson Classic (7.55m/24-9.25).
2006: 8th at USA Outdoor Championships (7.69m/25-2.75); 1st at Clemson Classic (7.93m/26-0.25); 9th at USA Indoor Championships (7.44m/24-5); 1st at Tiger Invitational (7.69m/25-2.75).
2005: NCAA Outdoor Qualifier; ACC Outdoor Champion (7.68m/25-2.5); 1st at Clemson Invite (7.47m/24-6.25); 7th at NCAA Indoor Championships (7.71m/25-3.5); ACC Indoor Champion (7.60m/24-11.25);
2004: 8th at NCAA Outdoor Championships (7.73m/25-4.5); ACC Outdoor Champion (7.47m/24-6.25); 7th at NCAA Indoor Championships (7.72m/25-4); ACC Indoor Runner-Up (7.38m/24-2.5).
2003: 14th at USA Outdoor Championships (7.49m/24-7); 10th at NCAA Outdoor Championships (7.56m/24-9.75);1st at Georgia Tech (7.89m/25-10.75); 4th at ACC Outdoor Championships (7.34m/24-1); 4th at ACC Indoor Championships (7.18m/23-6.75).
2002: 5th at USA Junior Outdoor Championships (7.19m/23-7.25); ACC Outdoor Runner-Up (7.51m/24-7.75); 5th at ACC Indoor Championships (7.12m/23-4.5)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Outdoor bests - 8.21m/26-11.25 (No. 4 in the USA by T&FN, No. 18 in the world)
2011: Outdoor bests - 7.64m/25-0.75
2010: Outdoor bests - 7.64m/25-0.75
2009: Outdoor bests - 7.98m/26-2.25 (ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Outdoor bests - 7.83m/25-8.25
2007: Outdoor bests - 7.55m/24-9.25
2006: Outdoor bests - 7.69m/25-2.75
2005: Outdoor bests - 7.68m/25-2.5
2004: Outdoor bests - 7.72m/25-4
2003: Outdoor bests - 7.89m/25-10.75
2002: Outdoor bests - 7.51m/24-7.75