2008 -- Indoor - placed 16th in high jump (6-5) at Big Ten Championships... runner-up in high jump with collegiate-best 6-8 1/4 at Iowa Invite... Outdoor - redshirted... letterwinner.
High School -- two-time district high jump champion, winning conference title senior year... placed fourth at state meet senior year... coached by Chris Curry, Matt Weis and Bob Mudd... lettered three years in football and basketball... all-district senior year in football... three-time all-conference in basketball, leading state in rebounds and blocks senior year... played in Tri-Rivers all-star basketball game senior year.
Personal -- born August 12, 1988... son of Chad and Lisa Steckel, and Ricardo Valdes... mother played basketball at Bradley... history/pre-law major.
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