Indoor: Opened up the season with a personal-best throw of 49-02.25 (14.99m) in the shot put to finish sixth at the Redbird Open...Captured a third-place finish in a field of 32 at the IWU Invite with a throw of 47-04.25 (14.43m)...Notched a 24th-place finish with a heave of 45-01.50 (13.71m) at the GVSU Big Meet...Tossed a personal-best 45-07.75 (13.91m) in the weight throw to finish eighth at the Indiana State Dual...Finished 16th with a throw of 140-07 (42.86m) in the discus at the Wisconsin Elite meet.
Outdoor: Tossed a personal-best 147-06 to finish ninth in the discus at the Wisconsin Open...Ended the season with a personal-best 47-01.00 in the shot put to claim a 14th-place finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships.
PRIOR TO ISU
Waubonsie Valley High School:Four-year letterwinner on the track ... 2012 IHSA Class 3A state qualifier in the shot put and discus ... conference champion in the shot put indoors and runner-up outdoors ... holds personal-best marks of 54-01.00 and 160-03 in the shot put and discus, respectively.
Personal: Born 5/02/1994 ... son of James and Darlene Bearden ... has one sibling, James ... plans to major in criminal justice.