Tennessee Olympians: Tavis Bailey, Track and Field

KNOXVILLE, TN - Track and Field headshotVFL Tavis Bailey was a three-time All-American in the discus at Tennessee including two first-team nods and a runner-up finish during his senior year in 2015. He posted a mark of 61.92 meters (203-2 ft) to claim second place. He also earned All-America honors in the shot put and weight throw during his career at UT.

Bailey threw 61.57 meters (202-0 ft) to earn silver at the U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials. Bailey, who starred at UT from 2012-15 after transferring from Lenoir-Rhyne, is the third Vol to represent the U.S. in a throwing event in the Olympics. He is the first American man to qualify for the Olympics in the discus and joins VFLs Jane Haist (discus for Canada in 1976) and Patricia Walsh (discus for Ireland in 1984) as the only three UT Olympic representatives in the event.

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