2013: Indoor - Took third at the Auburn Invite in the shot put with a throw of 59 feet, 4 ¼ inches...Finished third (59-11.25) behind teammate Nick Vena at the Razorback Invite and was sixth in the weight throw (57-8.25)...Launched a career-long throw of 60-9.25 to win the shot at the Akron Invite and was sixth in the weight (59-1.50)...Finished second with a top mark of 60-8.75 at the VT Elite Meet...Also took seventh in the weight at the Virginia Tech meet after registering a mark of 60-11.25...Exploded for a personal-best throw of 62-9.25 to earn runner-up honors in the shot put at the SEC Championships...Also finished 14th in the weight (59-3) at SECs...Finished 14th for a Second Team All-America Certificate after having a top shot put toss of 55-5 at the NCAA Championships.
2012: Outdoor - Earned Second Team All-American honors in the shot put during his first trip to the NCAA Championships with an opening toss of 60 feet, 10 ½ inches...Posted his fifth consecutive personal-best shot put toss (64-1.25) to finish third at the NCAA East Prelims and qualify for his first national finals...Hit his fourth career-best performance in a row to take second in the shot put with a mark of 63-4 at the SEC Championships...Reached another personal-best distance of 62-9.50 to finish fifth in the shot put at the Triton Invitational...Exploded for a career-best toss of 61-11.75 to win the shot put and move into the all-time top-10 list at the Spec Towns Invite...Had a career-best effort of 59-7.50 to take fourth in the shot put at the Florida Relays...Won the shot put (57-7) to open the season at the Georgia Relays.
2012: Indoor - Finished fourth in the weight throw (58 feet, 8 inches) at the Auburn Invitational...Was third in the shot put at the Mark Colligan Memorial after reaching 56-6...Earned runner-up honors in the shot put (59-2.25) and took ninth in the weight throw (60-7) with a pair of career-best marks at the VT Elite meet...Won the weight throw with a mark of 60-1.75 and was third in the shot put (55-3.75) at the Tiger Paw Invitational...Finished fourth in the shot put (58-10.25) and was fifth in the weight throw with a personal-best toss of 66-9.25 at the SEC Championships.
2011: Outdoor - Launched a mark of 62 feet, 6 ½ inches with a 6kg shot put to finish second at the USA Junior Championships, earning a spot on the American team for the Pan American Championships...Wrapped up his regular season by competing at the NCAA East Prelims...Took fifth in the shot put (56-1) at the SEC Championships...Finished second in the shot put at the Georgia-Missouri dual meet with a career-best throw of 58-2.50...Reached 55-9.75 in the shot put to take fourth overall (second collegiate finish) at the Spec Towns Invite...Had a personal-best throw of 54-4 to take fourth at the ASU Invite...Picked up a one-inch victory in the shot put (52-9.50) at the Georgia Intercollegiate Invitational.
2011: Indoor - Made his conference debut at the SEC Indoor Championships and took eighth in the shot put (54 feet, 2 ½ inches)...Won the weight throw at the Tiger Paw Invite after reaching a career-best distance of 59-7.75 on his fourth throw...Improved for the third straight meet after finishing sixth in the shot put with a career-best effort of 56-9.25...Took third at the Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge after launching a personal-best mark of 55-3.50.
High School: Double indoor track and field All-American after taking fourth in the weight throw and sixth in the shot put at the 2010 National Scholastic Indoor Championships...Was the runner-up in the shot put at the GHSA AAAAA state meet after capturing region titles in both the shot put and discus...Finished seventh in the shot put at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Nationals...Personal-best marks of 62 feet, ¼ inches in the shot, 160-1 in the discus, 172-9 in the hammer and 73-8.75 in the weight...Won both the shot put and the discus at the 2010 Georgia Games...Named Paulding County Athlete of the Year...Also played football at East Paulding where he was a preseason Academic All-State selection.
Personal: Born May 29, 1992...Son of Charlie and Joelle Whitener...Majoring in Political Science.