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.