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Tom Pappas

Tom Pappas

Lane Community College
Class of 2017

Tom Pappas’s was a two time NWAACC Decathlon Champion in 1995, and 96. He was also a member of the 1996 NWAACC Track and Field Championship team. The NWAACC and Lane Community College provided Tom with the platform he needed to develop and grow into his athletic specialty; the decathlon. As you’ll soon read, it is an athletic resume that only a few men in the USA can compare.

Tom won the gold medal at the 2003 World Championships held outside Paris, France and was rated number 1 in the world that year by Track & Field News.

He is a four-time US champion (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006) and was the 1999 NCAA champion while attending the University of Tennessee. He finished fifth at the 2000 Olympic decathlon, and also competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Tom’s personal best in the decathlon is 8,784 and currently ranks as the all-time 5th best U.S. score, and the 12th best ever in the world! He won the 2003 Jesse Owens Award from USATF, signifying he was Athlete of the Year.

Tom is a very unassuming and humble man who is proud of his NWAC beginnings and is a vocal advocate for the community college system and the opportunities it can provide.

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