Redshirt Sophomore (2017)
Arkansas Invitational shot put first-place finisher to start the year … Posted another top-10 performance in the shot put at the Razorback Invitational … Threw a season best of 16.90m/55-5.50 at the Tyson Invitational … Kicked off the outdoor season with a seventh-place in the discus throw at the Arkansas Spring Invitational … Placed fourth in the shot put at the Stanford Invitational with a season best toss of 17.62m/57-9.75 … Posted back-to-back top-eight finishes at the Baylor Invitational and John McDonnell Invitational in the shot put … Completed the year as one of the top-40 best shot put throwers in the West region at the NCAA West Preliminary round.
Redshirt Freshman (2016)
Won the shot put at the Arkansas Invitational (1/15) with a toss of 16.35m/53-7 3/4 … Notched a PR in the weight throw of 16.51m/54-2 at the Razorback Invitational (1/30) … Threw to a personal best of 16.38m/53-9 in the shot put at the Arkansas Qualifier (2/19) good for a third-place finish … Opened the outdoor season with with PRs in the hammer throw (39.28m/128-10) and discus throw (48.68m/159-8) at the Arkansas Spring Invitational (3/26) … Closed his first competition season throwing a lifetime best in the shot put of 17.88m/58-8 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (5/28).
Utilized a redshirt during his first season on campus … Qualified for the US Junior National Championships in the shot put.
Finished second in the indoor nationals as a junior. Was the Sugar Bowl Classic Shot Put champion senior year (2014) of high school. Also won the Arkansas HS Invitational in shot put. Never finished outside of the top 5 in any event he participated in in high school. Was ranked the #6 shot put player and the #5 discus thrower in Tennessee.
Born on March 20, 1996 … Son of Dick and Pattie Kempka … Has two siblings Kyle and Julia … Majoring in Chemical Engineering.