Award Winner Description
The Randy Jenkins story is about overcoming the odds and meeting the challenges of life head on.
Jenkins, helped lead Tennessee track and field team to the 1991 NCAA title, finishing second in the
high jump with a mark of 7-6.50. After a visit to his doctor a few weeks later, the high of winning
an NCAA title was sobered by the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma -or cancer. Undaunted, Jenkins
continued attending classes at UT, earning a 3.24 GPA and dean’s list recognition the next
semester. He would, however, miss the entire 1992 track season. Jenkins spent most of the fall and
winter of 1992 and 1993 working his way back into jumping shape. Remarkably, Jenkins qualified for
the 1993 NCAA’s with a jump of 7-3.25. At the NCAA meet, he jumped 7-5.75 and taking home the
title. Jenkins won the 1994 NCAA Indoor and outdoor titles with a school records of 7-7. Jenkins also won SEC indoor titles in 1990
and 1991 and captured the 1994 outdoor crown.