2013 Outdoor (Freshman) - Excelled in throws events with a PR discus throw 33.13 meters / 108' 8" at the Kentuckiana Border Battle .. PR javelin throw 46.86 meters / 153' 9"was recorded at the Miami RedHawk Invitational.
Indoor (Sophomore) - Set a new personal record in four heptathlon events at the SEC Indoor Championships ... PR time of 7.60 in the SEC heptathlon 60-meter dash ... Reached a new long jump personal-best 6.50 meters / 21'4.0" eliciting a memorable roar from the entire Kentucky team cheering him on in the stands ... Produced a top shot put mark of 11.32 meters/37'01.75" before completing his career day with a PR high jump 1.86 meters/6'01.25" at SECs .. PR 400 meters time 54.04 came at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational ... PR high jump clearance 1.86 meters / 6' 1.25" was also recorded at SECs.
2012 (Freshman) Indoor: Had standout performance with 2,516 points in the heptathlon at the SEC Championships on his home track, with a career-best time of 7.60 in the 60-meter dash ... Finished with career-best height of 1.85m/6-00.75 in the high jump at SECs, which was also third best on team for the season ... Posted shot put mark of a 10.65m/34-11.25 at Conference Championships ... 200m time of 24.19 at Kentucky Invitational in January registered as fifth-fastest on team in 2012 ...Long jump mark of 6.33m/20-09.25 was team's second-best long jump of season.
High School Was a seven-time state qualifier in Kentucky, including twice in the high jump, twice in the pole vault, and once in the 4x400-meter relay, discus throw and shot put ... Won the indoor pentathlon in the AAU Northern National Championships in 2011 and the pole vault at the Regional 2 AAA Track Meet in 2010 ... Finished third as a senior in the Kentucky Indoor Stat Championships in the long jump and 55m hurdles ... Finished fourth in the pole vault at the Kentucky Indoor State Championships ... Came in fifth at the AAU National Track & Field Championships in the decathlon as a junior, and the javelin as a senior ... Finished in fifth in the pole vault as a junior at the Kentucky State Track Meet ... Set the school record in the 4x400m relay as a junior ... High school track coaches were Arland Benningfield and Matt Hayes ... Finished third in graduating class ... 4.0 GPA, 4.3 weighted GPA.
Personal Son of Allan and Martha Buckles ... Has one older brother, Grant.