* All-American *
As an All-American and one of the top all-around throwers in the Southeastern Conference, Akins is expected to be a major contributor of team points in the shot put and discus ... with her solid team leadership, and unparalleled competitiveness, Akins leads Carolina's resurging throws program.
2006: The Virginia Tech Invitational marked the season openers for the shot put and weight throw with marks of 43-10 and 58-10 3/4 ... picking up the intensity, the Gator Invitational saw a great put of 47-3 1/2, coupled with a 59-4 3/4 effort in the weight throw for a personal record ... at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational, a shot put seasonal PR of 48-0 3/4 was thrown to secure a seventh-place finish ... the SEC Indoor Championships produced a 46-4 1/4 shot put for a ninth-place finish, followed by a 54-3 weight throw for 12th ... dropped the weight throw and picked up the hammer and discus during the outdoor season ... in the hammer, a season-opener of 161-5 at the Weems Baskin Relays garnered second place ... a PR toss of 176-4 at the Orange & Purple Classic set up the foundation for a 173-8 throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships, placing her 13th ... in the shot put, a mark of 49-5 1/2 at the Sea Ray Relays was followed by a monster 53-0 effort at the SEC Outdoor Championships to place third ... with a regional qualifying mark met, her toss of 46-6 placed 10th at the NCAA East Regional Championships ... in the discus, opened up the season with a win at the Weems Baskin Invitational with a distance of 166-9 ... stepping up the intensity, a massive mark of 185-9 was logged at the Spec Towns Relays in Georgia, where she placed first ... it also was a school record ... won the Sea Ray Relays title for the third year in a row with a 176-8 mark ... a 171-3 marking placed third at the SEC Outdoor Championships before becomeing the NCAA East Regional discus champion with a throw of 170-10 ... with an automatic spot to the NCAA Championships secured, Akins produced with a 176-3 throw for fourth place, picking up her first All-America certificate ... testing her tosses against the pros, a mark of 167-11 placed 11th at the USA Outdoor Championships.
2005: Competed in the shot put and weight throw during the indoor campaign ... turned in her best effort in the shot at the Meet of Champions with a mark of 48-10 ... won both events at the USC Invitational, turning in marks of 44-5 1/2 in the shot and a career-best 56-4 in the weight throw ... finished 11th in the shot at the SEC Indoor Championships ... added the discus and hammer throw to the shot put for the outdoor season ... showed solid progress all season, posting her best marks in the discus (175-6) and hammer (167-3) at the Orange & Purple Classic on May 7 ... finished third in the discus at the SEC outdoor meet with a mark of 174-7 and placed fifth in the shot with a mark of 48-10 1/4 ... competed in the discus at the NCAA East Regional as the second-ranked thrower in the region but did not mark.
2004: As a freshman, placed ninth in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships ... won the Weems Baskin Relays in the shot with a throw of 46-8 3/4 and the hammer with a toss of 136-3, and was second in the discus ... placed fourth in the discus and seventh in the hammer at the SEC Championships ... competed at the NCAA East Regional meet where she was the runner-up in the discus, qualifying for NCAA Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Summerville High, where she was a three-time track team MVP ... was the 2003 South Carolina state discus champion ... also set the state record in the discus with throw of 151-11 1/2 at the regional meet as a senior ... was an adidas All-America honoree for the discus ... her best in the shot put was a mark of 38-3 as a senior ... was an academic letterman ... also earned three letters in basketball and one for cheerleading.
PERSONAL: Precious Ronea Akins was born May 18, 1985, in Wahiawa, Hawaii ... parents are Alvin and Sarah Akins ... pursuing a degree in nursing ... lists chicken and shrimp as her favorite foods ... enjoys shopping.
Shot Put: 48-10
20-Pound Weight: 59-4 3/4
Shot Put: 53-0