2009 All-Big 12 Outdoors (4x100-Meter Relay) School Record Holder (Triple Jump - Indoors)
2009: NCAA Midwest Regional qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles...Ran a season-best time of 51.58 to finish 14th overall at the region meet...Earned All-Big 12 honors as the leadoff leg on Baylor's runner-up 4x100-meter relay...Took third at the Texas Invitational with a regional mark of 52.37...Finished 16th overall at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships...During the indoor season, set a school record 15.61m (51-02 3/4) to finish eighth at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational...Finished 15th overall at the Big 12 Indoor Championships with a mark of 14.68m (48-02)...Set three marks better than the school record entering the 2009 season...Clocked a season-best time of 21.55 to finish 12th in the 200 meters at the Big 12 Indoor Championships...Season-best time of 48.51 over 400 meters came at the Texas A&M Invitational.
Before Baylor (South Plains): Two-year letterwinner at South Plains [Texas] Junior College...Led team to the team national championship as a sophomore...Ran the second leg on South Plains' national champion 4x100-meter relay that clocked 40.05 in the finals...All-American in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays...Ran second leg on the national runner-up 4x400-meter relay...Finished fourth overall in the triple jump and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles...NJCAA qualifier in 200 meters, 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles, triple jump and both relays...Named the Jumps Newcomer MVP...Holds personal bests of 21.5 in the 200 meters, 47.6 in the 400 meters, 52.3 in the 400-meter hurdles and 51-04 in the triple jump.
High School: Letterwinner in track and field for head coach Tommy Early at Lufkin High School...Qualified for the state meet in the triple jump...Also competed in the 4x100-, 4x200- and 4x400-meter relays...Member of the FFA, Student Council and yearbook staff...Volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club.
Personal: Full name is Thaddeus Jeremiah Gordon...Born Dec. 21, 1987, in Lufkin, Texas...Son of Dwight and Patricia Gipson...Has two brothers, Ray Richardson (24) and Dwight (18), and three sisters, S'mali (22), Emily (12) and Tamara (10)...Majoring in general studies.