Events: Weight Throw (69-9 ¾), Hammer Throw (191-5)
Cemented her reputation as one of the elite throwers in the history of the Lady Tiger program with her performance as a sophomore in 2012 ... Wrapped up the indoor season as the LSU school-record holder in the 20-pound weight throw as an NCAA Championships qualifier ... Unleashed a personal-best and seasonal-best throw of 69 feet, 9 ¾ inches in an NCAA qualifying performance at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier ... Ranked as the NCAA's No. 6 performer nationally in the weight throw with her seasonal-best mark ... Finished in 16th place in the event in her debut at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Earned a ninth-place finish in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Broke the LSU school record in the weight throw in four-straight meets during the indoor season with marks of 66-1 ½ in a runner-up finish at the Razorback Invitational, 66-7 in a third-place finish at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, 66-11 ¼ in a win at the Tyson Invitational and 68-3 ¼ in a win at the LSU Twilight ... Named the SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week following her win at the Texas A&M Dual Meet after eclipsing the 60-foot mark for the first time in her career at 63-2 ... Also shattered her personal record in the hammer throw during the outdoor season ... Posted a personal-best and seasonal-best of 191-5 in a fifth-place finish at the Arizona State Tri-Meet ... Also eclipsed the 190-foot mark at the Texas Relays (191-0) and LSU Alumni Gold (190-8) during the outdoor season ... Stepped into the hammer circle at the Battle on the Bayou (186-2), LSU Relays (182-6), Penn Relays (FOUL), SEC Championships (FOUL) and NCAA East Preliminary Rounds (FOUL) ... Received the Most Improved Athlete Award for the Lady Tigers at the third-annual LSU Track & Field Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet ... A standout in the classroom who earned a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.
Competed in both the weight throw and hammer throw for the first time in her career in her first season with the Lady Tigers in 2011 ... Set personal bests of 55 feet, 4 ¾ inches in the weight throw indoors and 174-0 in the hammer throw outdoors during her freshman season ... Threw 174-0 in a third-place finish in the hammer throw at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational for the No. 8-ranked performance on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list ... Earned a 15th-place finish in her debut at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a series-best mark of 159-7 ... Finished runner-up in the hammer throw with an effort of 166-0 at the Cole-Lancon Invitational ... Threw 55-4 ¾ in the weight throw in her collegiate debut as she took fifth place in the event at the Purple Tiger Invitational ... Ranked No. 9 on LSU's all-time indoor performance list in the weight throw at the end of the 2011 indoor season ... Competed in 11 meets for the Lady Tigers during her freshman campaign ... Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll for her outstanding performance in the classroom in 2010-11.
PRIOR TO LSU
A shot putter during her prep career at McIntosh High School ... Finished as the school-record holder in the shot put with a top mark of 39-8 ½ ... Wrapped up her prep career as the county champion in the event, while also finishing in fifth place at the regional meet ... Posted a mark of 37-4 at the regional meet ... Also won a county title as a junior in 2009 ... Placed fourth in the region during her junior season with her mark of 38-10 ½ ... Was her school's Most Valuable Field Athlete as a sophomore and junior.
Full name is Denise Elizabeth Hinton ... Born on Dec. 17, 1991 ... Parents are Dennis Hinton and Verna Thornton ... Has a twin sister named Danette ... Also has a sister named Deva Hinton and a step brother named Devan Rowe ... Father played college basketball at Morris Brown College ... Was a four-year member of the honor roll at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Ga. ... Majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in human movement.