2009: Qualified for NCAA East Region meet in the discus throw ... indoors, competed in the shot put and weight throw ... had a high toss of 47-1 1/4 to finish fourth in the shot put at the Gamecock Invitational ... placed 17th in the weight throw at the New Balance Invitational at 55-3 3/4 ... hit a personal best 57-0 3/4 to place 13th at the SEC Indoor Championships ... outdoors, competed in the discus with five top three finishes ... opened the season with second place finishes at the Shamrock Invitational and the Weems Baskin Invite ... won the Friendship & Freedom Games with a toss of 168-1 ... claimed second overall at the Penn Relays at a personal best 176-8 ... finished ninth at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 163-9 ... participated in the NCAA East Region meet with a toss of 157-1 to finish 17th.
2008: Indoors, competed in the weight throw with a season best 48-8 ¼ in a 13th place finish at the SEC Championships ... took seventh at the Gamecock Invitational ... outdoors, competed in the discus with a season best 156-10 to finish 15th at the SEC Championships.
Cincinnati (2006/2007): Competed one year at Cincinnati where he competed his freshman year but was an unattached athlete in 2007 ... was named a Topcat Scholar for having a grade point average above 3.0 ... outdoor personal bests of 138-8 in discus, 121-7 in hammer throw, 119-1 in javelin and 41-10 1/2 in shot put.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Dan Rosenbaum at Archbishop McNicholas High School ... junior year named first team Greater Catholic League all-conference ... senior year named first team Greater Catholic League all-conference ... Greater Catholic League Athlete of the Year ... three-time team MVP award winner ... district champion in the discus.
PERSONAL: Jeffrey Michael Merkt was born January 1, 1987 ... parents are Steve and Joan Merkt ... pursuing a degree in sport and entertainment management ... hobbies include boxing, lifting weights, swimming, eating and cooking ... chose USC over Akron, UNC-Charlotte, Oklahoma and Miami (Ohio).