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Nathanael Franks
Position: Multi-Events
Height: 6'3"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Damascus, Ore.
High School: Sam Barlow HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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Nathanael Franks
Courtesy: Arkansas
Release: 09/13/2010
PERSONAL BESTS
Indoor
Heptathlon – 5,497 points (SEC Championships, 2/22-23/13)

HONORS & AWARDS

2013 SEC Champion (DMR)
All-SEC First Team (DMR)
2013 Wooden Citizen Cup Winner
SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team

2013 || INDOOR: SEC Champion (DMR)…All-SEC First Team…ran 400-meter leg of first-place distance-medley relay at the SEC Championships…scored individual points at the conference meet with a third-place finish in the heptathlon…tallied personal-best score of 5,497 points…established personal bests in the long jump and high jump at the SEC meet.  OUTDOOR: All-America Second Team…SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year…Wooden Citizenship Cup recipient…qualified for the NCAA Championships in the decathlon and finished 16th overall with 7,469 points…established personal bests in three events—400m, 1,500m, pole vault—at the national meet…totaled personal-best score of 7,520 points in third-place showing at the SEC Championships…posted personal bests in the high jump and long jump at the conference meet.

2012 || INDOOR: Franks turned in a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon at the SEC Championships. He finished the two-day, seven-event competition with a personal-best total of 5,421 points. Along the way, he set personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles, long jump and pole vault. Franks was also part of the third-place 4x400m at the conference meet. In his first collegiate heptathlon, he posted a 10th-place result at the Razorback Invitational with a score of 5,281 points. He capped the multi-event competition with a win at 1,000 meters in a personal-best time of 2:28.94. OUTDOOR: Franks opened the outdoor campaign with competition at the Arkansas Spring Invitational but did not compete the rest of the season. For his work in the classroom, Franks earned a spot on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll.

2011 || Franks redshirted the season but was recognized for his work in the classroom as a member of the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

AT SAM BARLOW HS: Franks will join the squad as a Chancellor's Scholar walk-on and will compete in the heptathlon and decathlon. While attending Sam Barlow High School, Franks was the 2010 valedictorian, was the 2010 Oregon State Champion in the high jump and was also a member of the state champion 4x400-meter relay team. Franks holds prep bests of 49.43 in the 400 meters, 171-9 in the javelin and 6-7 in the high jump. He recently won the decathlon at the 2010 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships. Franks scored 6,905 points for the win. Franks' personal-best point total of 6,905 ranks No. 3 among high school athletes during the 2010 outdoor season.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 8, 1991, he is the son of Larry and Ulrike Franks. As a Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Arkansas, Franks completed his undergraduate studies in 2.5 years and earned two degrees in December 2012, one in chemistry and one in physics. He earned the chemistry degree as a magna cum laude graduate with a minor in history. Franks was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and posted a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average.


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