2003 -- Earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor (shot put, 4th, 64-7; weight throw, 6th, 68-0.25) and Outdoor (shot put, 6th, 62-0.50) Championships ... At the NCAA West Regional, won the shot put (63-11.50) and discus (195-4) ... At the Pac-10 Championships, won the shot put (63-5.50) and discus (195-4), and threw a personal best 206-9 in the hammer, placing third ... Was named the Mondo West Region Athlete of the Year ... Ranked No. 11 in the U.S. in the shot put (64-8.75i).
2002 -- Earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor (shot put, 10th, 61-9.50) and Outdoor (shot put, 7th, 62-11 .50; discus, 8th, 193-1) Championships ... At the Pac-10 Championships, was fourth in the hammer (personal best 195-3) and fifth in both the discus (180-2) and shot put (59-4.75) ... Won the Pac-10 track and field men's field athlete of the week honors (April 29) after throwing a season best 198-4 in the discus and fifth in the shot put (61-9, second highest collegiate finisher) at the UC San Diego Open.
2001 -- Earned All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor, placing ninth in the shot put (61-0.75, Top eight Americans) and at the NCAA Outdoor, Ames was 16th in the shot put (58-6) and 17th in the discus (171-10) ... At the Pac-10, he scored in three events - shot put (fourth, 61-3.50), discus (second, 190-2) and hammer throw (seventh, 190-10) ... Personal-bests of 63-10.25 (shot put team leader, No. 15 in the U. S.), 200-1 (discus, No. 12 in the U. S., No. 6 in UCLA history) and 192-10 (hammer throw) ... Earned Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.0 gpa or higher) for the 2001 Fall and Winter quarters.
2000 -- Ames redshirted during his true freshman year ... In Junior competition, he won the discus (189-8) and placed second (58-8.50) in the shot put at the U. S. meet ... At the World Juniors, he was ninth in the discus (169-4), but did not qualify for the shot put final ... His best of 192-0 was No. 37 on the 2000 U. S. list and on the World Junior charts, his discus and shot put (60-2) marks were both No. 8.
High School -- Four-year track letter winner ...Received All-League (1996-1999), All-CIF (1997-1999) and CA All-State honors (1999) ... In 1999, Ames was the CA State discus champ with a throw of 199-9 ...Finished third in the discus at the 1999 Golden West Invitational with a throw of 195-5 ...His throw of 199-9 ranked him sixth nationally among preps ...In 1998, he threw a prep personal-best of 64-8 (shot put), ranking him eighth in the nation and 192-0 (discus), 11th in the USA ...Track and Field News rated Ames as the fifth best prep discus thrower ...In the outdoor high school rankings, Ames was ranked 10th in the nation in shot put (63-3.25) and sixth in discus (199-9)...Ames was also a two-year letter winner in football...Prep bests were 64-8 (shot put) and 199-9 (discus).
Personal -- Born January 16, 1981 ... Psychology major.
Ames' Best Marks
SP ... 64-7.75/64-8.75i
DT ... 200-9
HT ... 206-9
2001 - indoor shot put
2002 - indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, discus
2003 - indoor shot put, weight throw, outdoor shot put