Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Branden  Tanthavong
Branden Tanthavong

RS Junior

Granite City, Ill.

High School:
Granite City

Triple Jump


I/O Eligibility:


Illini Split Up for Spire Invite/Husky Classic

Orange and Blue send six to Husky; rest of team to Spire


Illini Squad Head to Meyo Invite/Armory

Orange and Blue will compete against toughest competition yet


Morris Breaks School Mile Record at IU Relays

Senior breaks 22-year old mile record


Illinois Travels to Indiana Relays

Orange and Blue sends full squad to Bloomington


Team Effort Shown at Illini Classic

Illini take home 10 of 16 first place finishes


Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships

Photos of the Illinois men's track & field team at the Big Ten Indoor Track & Field Championships February 27-28, 2015.


2014 Track and Field
Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the triple jump and placed 16th with a personal-best mark of 15.52m ... Placed seventh in the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships to score points for the Illini ... Won the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invite ... Placed second at both the Tiger Track Classic and Kentucky Relays.

Indoor: Competed in the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships and placed ninth ... Won the triple jump at both the Illini Open and Illini Classic ... Placed fifth in the triple jump at the Spire Invitational.

2013 Track and Field
Did Not Compete

Indoor:Earned a first place finish in the 200m race at the Illini Classic with a mark of 21.48... Recorded his career-best triple jump distance at the IU Relays with a mark of 49-7 1/4 (15.12m) for a third place finish.

2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed in the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships, setting a season-best mark of 48-3 1/4 (14.71m) ... Notched a career-best long jump mark of 21-2 (6.45m) at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge ... Placed second in the triple jump at the EIU Big Blue Classic (14.71m) and third at the Tom Botts Invitational (14.62m) ... Competed at the USA Junior World Championship in the triple jump.

Indoor: Competed in the long jump and high jump ... Placed first in the triple jump in the Illini Open and Illini Classic with jumps of 45-8 (13.94m) and 48-5 1/2 (14.77m), respectively ... Jumped 47-07 1/4 (14.51m) at the Mark Colligan Open in the triple jump to take second ... Placed third in the long jump at the Illini Open with a jump of 20-1 (6.14m) ... Participated in five meets.

High School
Earned All-State honors as a junior and senior... Took first place in triple jump at the Midwest All-Star meet... Jumped 50 feet in triple jump as a senior, taking second place in the state... Earned First Team All-Conference honors as a junior... Named to the Third Team All-Conference a a sophomore... Earned four varsity letters in track and field and one in cross country.

Parents are Banlay and Marti Tanthavong... Has two younger siblings, Nathan and Jessica... Major is undecided.

Tanthavong's Personal Bests
Long Jump: 21-2 (6.45m) - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23/12)
Triple Jump: 50-11(15.52m) - NCAA West Prelims (5/31/14)

Long jump: 21-2 ½ ( 6.46m) - Illini Open (1/11/14)
Triple Jump: 49-7 1/4 (15.12m) - IU Relays (1/26/13)

Updated July 2014