Competed in six meets during the indoor season… Won the shot put at the Arkansas Qualifier (Feb. 16)… Competed in six meets during the outdoor season… Finished third at the Arkansas Twilight (May 4)
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′-7.75″) … 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 No. 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.