OUTLOOK: Finished as top freshman in the country last season... Expected to be a scorer in the SEC in all three events this year... Look for her to contend for the SEC title and All-America honors.
2004: As a freshman indoors, at the Carolina Big 12 meet, Atkins placed sixth in shot put and seventh in the weight ... At the Kentucky Invitational placed 15th in the shot put and 22nd in the weight ... Placed 10th in the shot put and 15th in the weight at the SEC Invitational in Gainesville ... At the Gator Invitational placed 25th in the shot put and 21st in the weight ... At the Meet of Champions in New York placed eighth in the shot and eighth in the weight ... At the USC Invitational finished in fifth place in the shot put and sixth in the weight ... At the SEC Indoor Championships placed 17th in the shot put and ninth in the weight ... Outdoors, at the Weems Baskin Relays placed first in the hammer with a throw of 136'3" and second in the discus with a throw of 161'6" ... At the Florida Relays placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 168'5," also finished 14th in the Hammer and 18th in the shot put ... At the Georgia Tech Invitational placed first in the discus with 164'8" and was eighth in the hammer and eighth in the shot put ... At the SC State Championships was runner-up in the shot put, first in the discus and third in the weight ... At the Sea Ray Relays placed 15th in the shot, fifth in the discus and 15th in the hammer ... At the Orange and Purple Classic placed 10th in hammer, second in discus and seventh in the shot put ... At the SEC Championships in Oxford, Miss., placed fourth in the discus and seventh in the hammer ... At the NCAA East Regional meet was runner-up in the discus, qualifying for NCAA Nationals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Summerville High ... Three-time track team MVP ... Was South Carolina's 2003 state discus champion ... Also set state record discus mark with throw of 151'11.5" at the regional meet as a senior ... Adidas All-America honoree for discus ... Posted personal best shot put with a mark of 38'3" as a senior ... Was an academic letterman ... Earned three letters in basketball and one for cheerleading.
Date of birth/Location: May 18, 1985/Wahiawa, Hawaii
Parents: Alvin and Sarah Atkins
Favorite food: Chicken and shrimp
Fantasy dinner guests: God, Ben Carson, Michael Jordan
My most memorable moment was: Throwing 174 in the discus
Favorite movie: The Lion King/The Little Mermaid
What I love most about USC: The weather and other athletes.