Award Winner Description

Arie Long won three prestigious decathlon titles since enrolling at Tennessee in 1988. His first
title of note came in 1989 at Ohio State University when he captured the National TAC Junior
championship by scoring 6,908 points in the ten events. This earned Arie a spot on the U.S. team
for the Pan American Juniors championships at Sante Fe, Argentina. He took the Juniors crown with
6,659 points while Marco Brito of Brazil was a distant second with 6,024 points. In 1991 NCAA Track
and Field meet, Long was a surprise champion 7,916 points. Long had finished sixth in 1990 with a
mark of 7515 and in 1992 he was the national runner up with a mark of 8227. Long along with Brian
Brophy made track history in 1991 as juniors when they became only the second set of collegiate
teammates to reach the 8,000-point barrier. Long captured SEC decathlon titles in 1991 and 1992 as
well as winning the SEC indoor pentathlon in 1991 and 1992. In 1992 Long was second at the Olympic
trials with 8,237 points earning a spot on the 1982 Olympic team. His Olympic mark is currently
the third best all-time and he holds the decathlon high jump record of 7-1.75 set in the 1991 NCAA
and tied in