Redshirt senior who is the top returning pole vaulter on the squad... double threat as both a vaulter and as a decathlete... has the ability to score in either event at both the SEC and NCAA Championships.
2004: Finished third in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Invitational... placed fourth in the pole vault at the Meet of Champions in New York... scored 5,297 points in the heptathlon at North Carolina... finished fifth in the heptathlon at the SEC Championships with a score of 5,293 to provisionally qualify for the NCAA... was runner-up in the pole vault at the SC State Championships... placed sixth in the pole vault at the Penn Relays.
2003: Placed ninth in both the pole vault and long jump at George Mason Early Invitational... finished ninth in the pentathlon at Virginia Tech Invitational... was fifth in the pole vault and 10th in the long jump at UNC Invitational... recorded an eighth-place finish in the high jump and a ninth-place finish in the pole vault at the Meet of Champions... won the pole vault competition at the USC Invitational... finished in a tie for fourth-place in the pole vault with a mark of 16-8.75 at SEC Indoor Championships... placed fourth in the pole vault at Last Chance Meet... was the third-place finisher in the long jump at the SEC Quad Meet with a personal best jump of 23-3.25... was the runner-up in the high jump at the South Carolina State Championships... finished third in the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays... fifth place finisher in the pole vault at the Penn Relays... set a season and career-best mark of 16-6.75 in the pole vault at the Orange & Purple Classic... also set a season best mark of 36-3.50 in the shot put at the Orange & Purple Classic... tied for sixth with teammate Jared Farabee in the pole vault with a mark of 16-4.75 at the SEC Championships... finished 16th in the pole vault at the NCAA East Regional.
2002: Competed in the pentathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships, finishing 15th with 3,400 points... finished second in the pole vault, fourth in the high jump and seventh in the javelin and long jump at the South Carolina State Championships... placed fourth in the decathlon at the Florida Relays... finished fourth in the pole vault clearing 15-9 at the Weems Baskin Sprint Relays... finished ninth in the decathlon at the SEC Championships with a PR of 6,519 points... competed in the USA Junior Nationals in Berkeley, Calif., and finished third in the decathlon with a score of 6,679, garnering Junior All-American honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia in 2001... lettered four times in football and track... coached by John Jones... named the USATF Junior Olympic All-American in the decathlon and pole vault in 2001... set the school record in pole vault (16-0)... named the most valuable vertical jumper in 1999, 2000 and 2001... was the state AAAA champ in pole vault in 1999 and 2001... was a four-time all-region and three-time all-state selection... broke the state record of 15-3 with a vault of 15-6 in the 2001 state meet.
PERSONAL: Gregory James Royster was born January 7, 1983 in Columbia, S.C... parents are Jim and Jane Royster... pursuing a degree in marketing and management... also considered Clemson, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.