One of the top prep jumpers in South Carolina continues his team point contributions as he enters his junior season ... expected to be a threat in the triple jump, Pressley has national qualifying potential.
2006: During the indoor season, competed in both the long and triple jumps ... in the long jump, opened the season with a 22-4 1/4 at the Virginia Tech Invitational, followed by a 22-7 1/4 jump at the SEC Indoor Championships ... in the triple jump, landed in the pit with a mark of 48-3 1/2 at Virginia Tech ... would continue to progress all the way to a mark of 49-10 established at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational ... at the SEC Indoor Championships, jumped 48-1 3/4 ... during the outdoor season, his primary focus was the triple jump ... at the SEC Outdoor Championships, scored valuable points with a 49-5 3/4 effort to earn a seventh-place finish.
2005: Competed in both horizontal jumps ... consistently over 47-7 in the triple jump in every competition ... won the triple jump at the Meet of Champions with a leap of 48-8 3/4 ... posted his best indoor marks in both the long and triple jumps at the SEC Championships, going 22-5 3/4 in the long jump to finish 11th and 48-10 1/4 in the triple jump to place seventh ... won the triple jump competition at the Weems Baskin Relays to open the outdoor season ... placed sixth in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 48-10 3/4 at the Sea Ray Relays ... turned in his best long jump effort at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a leap of 22-5 3/4 to finish 15th ... went 48-6 1/4 in the triple jump to place eighth at the same meet.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Wren High School in Piedmont, S.C., in 2004 ... lettered in football, basketball and track ... coached by Rick Taylor ... was the 2004 state triple jump champion and a member of the all-state team ... helped his team to the state track and field title in 2004.
PERSONAL: Derek Tyler Pressley was born July 31, 1986, in Greenville, S.C. ... parents are Eddie and Beverly Pressley ... is an exercise science major ... says his most exciting moment was helping his team win the state championship.