Track & Field
Josh Sobota - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Throws
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Major Management
  • High school Bearden 
Academic Accolades 

  • Academic All-District Team, 2021

  • SEC Academic Honor Roll – 2020
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll – 2019

2021-22 (Senior) 


  • Placed fourth in both shot put (65’0”/19.81m) and discus (188’3”/57.37m) at SEC Championships
  • Threw for an outdoor personal best in the shot put (65’2.25”/19.87m) at Joe May Invitational, ranking second all-time for UK

  • Earned a personal best in the discus throw with an event win at the Black and Gold Invite (191’9”/58.44m)


  • Placed seventh in the shot put at SEC Championships (62’1”/18.92m)

  • Won the men’s shot put (62’11.5″/19.19m) for his first mark of the season at the Jim Green Invitational

  • Won the shot put (61’0.75″/18.61m) for the second week in a row at the Vanderbilt Invitational

2020-21 (Junior) 

  • Won the shot put at the McCravy-Green Invitational, 62’6”/19.05m
  • Earned points for the Wildcats at the SEC Championships, finishing fourth with a put of 60’9.5”/18.53m


  • Earned fifth place in the shotput at NCAA Championships with a personal best and third-ranked put on UK’s all-time list, 65’0.5″/19.82m, along with first team All-America honors
  • Placed ninth in discus at NCAA Champiosnhips, 184’11″/56.36m, earning second-team All-America honors
  • Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the shot put and discus throw
  • Earned the bronze medal at the SEC Championships with a personal-best discus throw of 188’10”/57.55m that ranks No. 10 in school history
  • Named second-team All-SEC for his bronze performance
  • Won the discus throw at the Kentucky Invitational

2019-20 (Sophomore) 

  • 2020 NCAA Indoors All-American (Shot Put)
  • Named to 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
  • Bronze Medalist in the shot put at SEC Indoors (64-5.75; 19.65m)
  • Set new school record in the shot put at Rod McCravy Memorial (66-3.25; 20.20m)

2018-19 (Freshman)

  • Just missed scoring at the SEC Championships, placing ninth with a mark of 60’3″/18.36m
  • Season best in shot put was 61’1.5″/18.63m to place sixth at Jim Green Invitational
  • Competed at seven meets

High School 

  • 2016-17 Tennessee Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year
  • Six-time Tennessee State Champion
  • Won the shot put and discus Tennessee state meet in 2017
  • New Balance Outdoor Nationals silver medal in the shot put and fifth place in the discus in 2018
  • New Balance Indoor Nationals silver in shot put in 2018
  • Claimed bronze at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the shot put, and sixth in the discus in 2017
  • Won the 2016 USATF Youth Outdoor Track and Field Championships
  • Won the 2015 AAU Junior Olympics in the discus and shot put
  • Placed eighth at 2017 New Balance Indoor Nationals in the shot put


  • Full name: Joshua Vincent Sobota
  • Pronunciation: Suh-Bow-Tuh
  • Birthday: June 23
  • Major: Business and economics
  • Parents: Jennifer and Jason Sobota
  • Siblings: Jacob (older) and Jaedyn (younger)
  • Notes: Volunteers at Step by Step at Immanuel Baptist Church
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