South Carolina ranks second among SEC on this list
Pair of Gamecock newcomers are first to advance to Des Moines
Twenty-three athletes earned a combined 31 bids to the championships
Twenty-two individual athletes will compete next weekend for berth at NCAA Outdoor Championship Finals
Group of freshmen and sophomores scored and qualified for finals Saturday
2010: Indoors, competed in the shot put and weight throw ... had a top mark of 46-04.25 (14.13m) in the shot put at the SEC Indoor Championships to place 11th overall ... top throw of 48-4 (14.73m) in the weight throw at the Gamecock Indoor Open ... outdoors, competed in the shot put and hammer throw ... top shot put mark of 47-02.25 (14.38m) ... placed 10th at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 46-06.25 (14.18m) ... had a top hammer throw of 128-08 (39.21m).
2009: Did not compete indoors ... outdoors, competed in the shot put and discus ... in the shot put, opened the year with a toss of 41-5 3/4 to place fifth at the Shamrock Invitational ... won the State USATF Meet at a personal best 44-7 ... took seventh at both the Spec Town Relays and the Friendship & Freedom Games ... tossed 42-3 1/4 to finish 13th at the Penn Relays ... placed 18th at the SEC Outdoor Championships after tossing 43-5 3/4 ... threw the discus twice, hitting a season best 96-6 at the Shamrock Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Clayton Figi at Neuqua Valley High School ... lettered in track and volleyball ... competed in shot put and discus ... school record holder all four years indoor and outdoor in the shot put ... placed third in the state in the shot put in 2006 and fifth in 2007 ... top marks of 43-0 in the shot put and 1085 in the discus throw.
PERSONAL: Katherine Mika Vuckovich was born Dec. 29, 1989 in Detroit, Michigan ... pursuing a degree in criminal justice ... parents are Vojo and Gail Vuckovich ... chose USC over Purdue, Southern Illinois and Indiana.