OUTLOOK: Looking to continue previous success during final season of collegiate eligibility ... Followed strong 2002 season with solid 2003 campaign ... Provides leadership for team both on and off the track.
2003: Indoors, placed second in pole vault at George Mason Early Invitational ... Took second place in pole vault at Virginia Tech Invitational ... Finished fourth in pole vault at SEC Four-Way Meet ... Took first in pole vault at UNC Invitational ... Finished first in pole vault at Florida Invitational and established a new USC indoor record mark of 17'9.25" ... Claimed third consecutive first-place finish with vault of 17'8.5" at Meet of Champions ... Placed second at SEC Indoor Championships with vault of 17'6.5" ... Qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships, but did not place ... Outdoors, completed eligibility in 2003 ... Won the pole vault at the Weems Baskin Relays ... Placed fourth in the pole vault at the Florida Relays with his top mark of the outdoor season at 5.25m/17'2.75" ... Tied that top mark at the SEC Quad Meet, where he won the pole vault competition ... Placed fourth in the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays ... Also won the pole vault competition at the Orange & Purple Classic, where he set the meet record with a vault of 5.20m/17'0.75" ... Placed 12th in the pole vault at the NCAA East Regional.
2002: Was All-American in the pole vault indoors and outdoors ... During indoor season, placed fifth in the pole vault at the Five Way SEC Meet ... Tied for first in the pole vault at the Virginia Tech Invitational ... Won the pole vault at the Meet of Champions in New York City ... Finished fourth in the pole vault at the SEC Championships ... Placed eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships ... Finished the indoor season at the top of the USC's all-time pole vault list, hitting 17' 9 ... Outdoors, won the pole vault at the Weems Baskin Sprint Relays and at the Spec Town Relays ... Was runner up in the pole vault at the Four Way SEC Meet ... Finished fourth in the pole vault at the Penn Relays and at the Miami Invitational ... Placed sixth in the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays ... Placed fourth in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships ... Also broke the school record in the pole vault, topping 17' 7 3/4.
2001: Indoors, took first in the pole vault at the Barnett Bank Invitational as well as the Gamecock Indoor Invitational ... Established a new PR and the school record at 17' 8 1/2 while earning a third place finish at the Tyson Invitational ... Placed fifth at the SEC Championships with a height of 16' 8 3/4" ... Outdoors, placed first in pole vault at SEC Championships with a height of 17' 1" ... Teammate Jared Farabee was the runner-up at the SEC Championships ... Placed second in the pole vault at SEC Quad and third at South Carolina State Championships.
2000: Redshirted during the Indoor season ... Team's Field MVP in 2000 ... Had the best freshman performance during the Outdoor season, earning six top five finishes at seven meets ... Claimed first place in the pole vault at the Weems Baskin Relays, his first ever collegiate meet ... Placed third at the SEC Four-Way ... Finished fourth at the Duke Invitational and fifth at the S.C. State Championships ... Jumped a personal best 16'10 en route to a fifth place finish at the Sea Ray Relays ... Earned a fifth place finish at the Outdoor SEC Championships with a jump of 16'8 3/4.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Klein Forest High School ... Coached by Jack Sands ... Had the highest freshman scores, holding the freshman school record and the varsity school record ... Klein Forest High School Field Performer of the Year his senior year ... Was a member of the National Honor Society ... Team was the district champions 1995-98 ... Regional champions 1998 ... State runner-up in 1996.
PERSONAL: Full name is Christopher Eugene Steddum ... Majoring in Finance ... Parents are Riddle and Nancy Steddum ... Cousin is Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens ... Plays the french horn and the bass guitar ... Also enjoys playing volleyball and biking ... Born on May 21, 1980, in Houston, Texas.
Top Marks- Pole Vault: 17'9.25"