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Kolby ShepherdClass: R-Senior
Position: Pole Vault
Previous School: Trinity Christian School
Hometown: Dublin, Ga.
2011 (R-Jr.): Made his first NCAA national meet appearance, tying for 20th place in the pole vault final at the outdoor championship … won the Big South outdoor pole vault crown, breaking the meet and VMI facility records with his 17-0.75 clearance … IC4A outdoor pole vault runner-up … celebrated his 22nd birthday by tying an 18-year-old school record with a 17-6.5 clearance at the Texas Relays … won five outdoor pole vault titles on the year, including four in a row to begin the season … went over the 17-foot mark outdoors five times … named Big South Men's Field Athlete of the Week on five occasions (March 30, April 7, April 14, May 11, June 3) … redshirted the indoor season, but continued to make progress in the pole vault … won the Hokie Invitational pole vault with a personal-best 17-7.25 clearance, which would have been a Liberty and Big South Conference record had he not been redshirting … the 17-7.25 effort tied him for No. 32 on the U.S. national men's list for 2011 … also went over 17-0.75 to win at the Liberty Open … earned USTFCCCA All-Academic team honors … included on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
2010 (Jr.): Won his third consecutive Big South indoor pole vault title, headlining the Flames' 1-2-3-4 sweep of the event … tied for fourth in the vault at the IC4A indoor championship … won the Liberty Quad with a season-best 16-8.75 effort, part of a run of four straight indoor meets at which he won the pole vault … named Big South Athlete of the Week on Feb. 3 … redshirted during the outdoor campaign … competing unattached, he was victorious in the pole vault at both the Liberty Collegiate Invitational and the Liberty Twilight Qualifier … at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational, he joined the 17-foot club with a 17-0.75 clearance … made the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
2009 (So.): Won four of his five pole vault competitions, including his second straight Big South indoor title … went over 16-5.25 at the Liberty Quad, setting a new indoor personal best …named ECAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 18 … outdoor season got off to a promising start, with a victory at the Lynchburg Invitational and a runner-up showing at the Raleigh Relays … however, injuries hampered the rest of his year, and he was limited to a tie for 12th place at the Big South outdoor meet … included on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll for the second year in a row.
2008 (Fr.): Big South indoor and outdoor pole vault champion … set Liberty freshman pole vault records, both indoors (16-4.75) and outdoors (16-6.75) … placed fifth in the pole vault at the IC4A indoor meet, first among freshmen … tabbed ECAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 28 … qualified for the NCAA regional championship … finished eighth in the pole vault at the USATF Junior Championship … USTFCCCA All-Academic team selection … Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
Prep: Attended Trinity Christian School … won the Georgia state pole vault title as a junior and senior … set a new state meet record with his 14-0 pole vault clearance in 2007.
Personal: Son of David Shepherd and Tammie Collins … major is youth ministries … birthday is April 9.
Top Efforts in a Liberty Uniform
100 – 11.14
60H – 8.99 (Indoor)
PV – 17-8.5 (5.40m) (School Record)
NCAA Division I All-America Honors (1)
2012 Outdoor Pole Vault – T-5th
Big South Individual Titles (7)
2008 Indoor Pole Vault
2008 Outdoor Pole Vault
2009 Indoor Pole Vault
2010 Indoor Pole Vault
2011 Outdoor Pole Vault
2012 Indoor Pole Vault
2012 Outdoor Pole Vault
All-Big South Honors (7)
2008 Indoor Pole Vault – 1st
2008 Outdoor Pole Vault – 1st
2009 Indoor Pole Vault – 1st
2010 Indoor Pole Vault – 1st
2011 Outdoor Pole Vault - 1st
2012 Indoor Pole Vault - 1st
2012 Outdoor Pole Vault - 1st