PR: 9.89 (2008)
Current Residence: Shelby, N.C.
High School: Crest (Shelby, N.C.) HS ‘05
College: Clemson ‘09
Coach: Charles Foster
Career Highlights: 4th at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials; College 100m record holder; 2008 NCAA Indoor 60m champ; 2008 NCAA Outdoor 100m runner-up
Padgett surprised many in coming just one-hundredth of a second short in his bid to make the U.S. Olympic team in the 100 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. By virtue of his fourth-place finish in the event, Padgett was named to the U.S. Olympic Team as a member of the Team USA 4x100m relay pool. Padgett broke the NCAA collegiate record in the quarterfinals at the Olympic Trials with a personal best of 9.89. In the second semifinal at the Trials he overcame a tough start and played catch-up down the stretch to finish second in 10.11 seconds. Padgett got an outstanding jump out of the blocks in the final, but was out-leaned at the finish line by Darvis Patton who took third and the final Olympic Team 100m roster spot in 9.84. Padgett ran a 9.85, though the performance was aided by a +4.1 meters per second wind reading...named 2007 ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year. A Sociology major at Clemson.
2008: 4th at Olympic Trials (9.85w)...1st in quarterfinal at Olympic Trials (9.89PR, collegiate record)...runner-up at NCAA Outdoors (10.16)...6th in semis at NCAA Outdoors 200m (20.77)...7th in 4x100m relay at NCAA Outdoors...NCAA Indoor 60m champ (6.56PR)...ACC 100m champ (10.22)...3rd at ACC Outdoors 200m (21.04)
2007: 4th at NCAA Outdoors (10.24)...ACC 100m champion (10.35)...6th in semis at USA Outdoors (10.29)...best of 10.09
2006: 4th at NCAA Outdoors (10.24)...5th in opening round at USA Outdoors (10.43)...best of 10.00.
2005: Best of 10.62
2004: Best of 10.46