Super Draft 2014

SuperDraft: Marlon Hairston makes Top 10 in physical tests at 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine

Marlon Hairston

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- University of Louisville midfielder Marlon Hairston stood out as one of the most impressive athletes on the field during Friday's opening doubleheader of the 2014 adidas MLS Player Combine.

And the numbers back it up.

The results of the Combine physical testing -- tests of speed, agility and vertical jump -- show the 19-year-old Generation adidas signing (above) as the only player to rank in the Top 10 in all three categories.

There were five players who finished in the Top 10 in at least two categories: right back Ryan Neil (speed, agility), center backs Richie Marquez (speed, vertical) and Nick Hagglund (speed, vertical), central midfielder Michael Calderon (speed, agility) and winger Adnan Gabeljic (speed, vertical).

SPEED: 30-meter sprint
1. Taylor Peay* (Washington) 3.92 seconds
2. Adnan Gabeljic (St. Louis) 3.92 seconds
3. Ryan Neil (California) 3.93 seconds
4. Luca Gimenez (Wake Forest) 3.95 seconds
5. Richie Marquez (Redlands) 3.96 seconds
6. Nick Hagglund (Xavier) 3.99 seconds
7. Marlon Hairston (Louisville) 4.00 seconds
8. Damion Lowe (Hartford) 4.01 seconds
9. Michael Calderon (New Mexico) 4.05 seconds
10. Tesho Akindele (Colo. School of Mines) 4.07 seconds 

AVERAGE: 4.19

* Peay is ranked above Gabeljic due to a better 10-meter split time.

AGILITY: 5-10-5
1. Ben Sweat (South Florida) 4.16 secs
2. Tyler Gibson (UNC-Charlotte) 4.19 seconds
3. Eric Miller (Creighton) 4.23 seconds
4-t. Ryan Neil (California) 4.25 seconds
4-t. Patrick Slogic (Cornell) 4.25 seconds
4-t. Victor Chavez (Georgetown) 4.25 seconds
7. Steve Neumann (Georgetown) 4.26 seconds
8-t. Marlon Hairston (Louisville) 4.27 seconds
8-t. Michael Calderon (New Mexico) 4.27 seconds
10. Thomas McNamara (Clemson) 4.29 seconds

AVERAGE: 4.44

VERTICAL: Opta Jump
1. Rafael Diaz (St. John's) 21.1"
2. Richie Marquez (Redlands) 20.5"
3. Reinaldo Brenes (Akron) 20"
4. Marlon Hairston (Louisville) 19.7"
5. Nikita Kotlov (Indiana) 19.4"
6. Kyle Renfro (Virginia Tech) 18.8" 
7-t. Nick Hagglund (Xavier) 18.7"
7-t. Steve Birnbaum (California) 18.7"
7-t. Andre Blake (Connecticut) 18.7"
10. Adnan Gabeljic (St. Louis) 18.6"

AVERAGE: 16.7 in.