2018 SEC All-Freshman Team (Indoor & Outdoor Shot Put)
2018 Indoors: Competed in both the shot put and the weight throw as a freshman... won the shot put in her debut meet, throwing 15.30m (50-2 1/2) at the Navy Winter Invitational... finished second in the weight throw at Navy... also won the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational with a mark of 15.64m (51-3 3/4)... had her best shot put effort at the Columbia Challenge, a mark of 15.93m (52-3 1/4) that ranked seventh in Gamecock history at the conclusion of the season... also had her best weight throw effort at the Columbia Challenge, throwing 17.51m (57-5 1/2)... scored for the Gamecocks at the SEC Championships, earning SEC All-Freshman laurels with a seventh-place result... took 15th in the weight throw at the conference meet. Outdoors: Earned another SEC All-Freshman Team nod and grabbed a spot at the NCAA East Regional in her rookie outdoor season... competed in the shot put, the discus and the hammer... won the shot put at the Gamecock Invitational with a mark of 15.96m (52-4 1/2), the sixth-best effort in Carolina history... took third in the discus at the Gamecock Invitational... added second-place shot put finishes at the Tennessee Relays and the USC Open... placed second in the hammer at the USC Open... took seventh at Penn Relays in the shot put and scored for the Gamecocks at the SEC Championships with a mark of 15.82m (51-11), tops among freshmen... also came in seventh at Penn in the hammer with a mark of 53.29m (174-10), eighth in Carolina history... placed 11th in the hammer and 12th in the discus at the conference meet... finished 20th in the shot put at her first NCAA East Regional... competed at the USATF Junior Championships after the end of the college season, finishing fourth in the shot put and ninth in the hammer... her shot put mark of 16.05m (52-8) was her best of the 2018 campaign.
Was a four-year letter-winner at Warrensburg-Latham High School under head coach Tami Davis... Was named Illinois' Gatorade Athlete of the Year in each of her last two seasons... Won eight individual state championships, earning the shot put and discus titles in each of her four high school years... Named the ESPN Decatur Athlete of the Year four times... Competed twice at New Balance Nationals, including a second-place finish in the shot put in 2017... Won the shot put at the USATF Junior Olympics.
Daughter of Brett and Jennifer Young... Has one brother, Joe... Was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and graduated with a 4.96 GPA... Plans to major in business at South Carolina... Chose Carolina over dozens of NCAA Division I offers... Picked the Gamecocks because she loved the team and the people on it.