Markus Ballengee - Men's Track & Field - Arkansas Razorbacks

Markus Ballengee

R-Sr/R-Jr | 6-6 | Multi-Events | Moneta, Va. | Staunton River High School/Liberty

First-Team All-American

Junior (2020)
Indoors: Silver medalist in heptathlon at SEC Indoor Championships with a career best score of 5,706 points, which ranks No. 4 on the Arkansas all-time list … Part of a four-man Razorback crew in the SEC multi-event, which combined for 20 points off a 2-3-5-7 finish … Produced the leading time of 8.10 in 60m hurdles in the conference heptathlon while generating the second best marks in the shot put (46-9.5 | 14.26) and pole vault (16-2.75 | 4.95) … Other marks included 7.05 in 60m, 21-3.5 (6.48) long jump, 6-6.25 (1.99) high jump, and 2:50.74 in 1,000m … In debut meet as a Razorback, set a career best of 8.03 in the 60m hurdles to place third at Arkansas Invitational … Started heptathlon at Razorback Invitational, scoring 3,022 points during the first day, but did not start second day … Ran 7.09 in 60m, long jumped 21-10 (6.65), had a shot put of 45-9.75 (13.95) and high jumped 6-2.75 (1.90) … Produced marks of 16-0.74 (4.90) in pole vault and 45-5 (13.84) in shot put at Arkansas Qualifier.

At Liberty
Sophomore (2018) 
Earned First-Team All-America honors after a seventh-place finish in the decathlon with a career-high 7,722 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Placed second in the 110-meter hurdles at the Big South Outdoor meet at 14.66 … Also posted top-five finishes at the conference championships in the high jump (third), 400H (fourth) and pole vault (fourth) … Put together a sixth-place mark at the Texas Relays in the decathlon at 7,537, finishing first in the pole vault (4.90m/16-0.75) … Won the heptathlon at the ECAC-IC4A Indoor Championships with a personal-best 5,537 – picked up a victory in the pole vault at 5.05m/16-6.75, with second-place finishes in the high jump (1.93m/6-4), 60H (8.37) and 1,000-meter run (2:47.19) … Recorded a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon at the Big South Indoor meet at 4,762 – was on pace to win after claiming four event victories but no-heighted in the pole vault.

Freshman (2017) 
Placed third in the Big South decathlon and tied for sixth in the high jump… Third-place decathlon finisher at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships… Scored a personal-best 6,840 points for eighth place in the Virginia Challenge decathlon (April 21-22)… Achieved marks of 14.76 in the 110 hurdles, 6-6 in the high jump and 14-6.25 in the pole vault…Helped the Flames post the second-fastest shuttle hurdles relay time (58.98) in program history, May 3 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier… Capped off his freshman season with a third-place finish in the IC4A heptathlon with a personal-best score of 5,152… Big South heptathlon runner-up, while also finishing fourth in the 60 hurdles… Heptathlon debut resulted in a second-place finish at the Liberty Kickoff (Jan. 20-21) with a score of 4,943 ponts… Top event marks included 8.35 in the 60 hurdles, 22-3.5 in the long jump and 6-6 in the high jump… Part of Liberty’s school record-setting shuttle hurdles relay quartet which clocked 32.88 seconds at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational (Jan. 27).

High School
Graduated from Staunton River High School… Three-time Virginia 3A state champion (2015 indoor high jump, 2016 indoor high jump, 2016 outdoor 110 hurdles)… During his senior indoor season, placed first in the state in the high jump, second in the 55 hurdles, fourth in the long jump, fourth in the triple jump and sixth in the 4 x 200 relay… Closed out his high school career by placing first in the 110 hurdles, third in the triple jump, fifth in the high jump, seventh in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 4 x 400 relay at the 2016 Virginia 3A outdoor meet… Personal-best marks included 7.67 in the 55 hurdles, 14.45 in the 110 hurdles, 39.44 in the 300 hurdles, 6-4 in the high jump and 45-8.5 in the triple jump… Also participated in football and wrestling.

Son of Jackson Conner and Tammy Ballengee-Conner… Birthday is Jan. 8… Majoring in Food, Nutrition & Health.