AT ILLINOIS 2009-Sophomore
Placed third overall at the Illini Challenge with a 6K time of 19:06 ... Finished fifth
for the Illini at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships ... Clocked a personal-best 8K time of 25:25 at the Wisconsin Inter-Regional ... Ran in the Open Race at the Pre-Nationals meet ... Placed sixth overall at the Illini Open.
Placed fourth at the Illini Open and led the Orange and Blue to victory as the top Illini finisher at the meet.
Was a 2005 second-team All-State selection for sophomores in the California Interscholastic Federation ... Named to the 2007 All-Central Coast Section second team ... Was a 2005 and 2006 West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) second-team selection and the 2007 WCAL Individual League Champion ... Earned the Central Coast Section Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 2008.
Born May 18, 1990 ... Parents are Peter Pompei and Jana Powell ... Brother, Sam, runs cross country and track for the University of North Carolina ... Majoring in broadcast journalism ... Hobbies include watching, playing, talking about, and reading about sports, singing, meeting new people and service projects ... His high school coach, Brian Curley, most influenced his athletic career because he encouraged him to set his goals high and taught him the value of community, commitment, and focus in the sport of long distance running.