Events: Weight Throw (64-11), Hammer Throw (168-9)
2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals Champion (Weight Throw)
2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals Silver Medalist (Hammer Throw)
2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals Bronze Medalist (Weight Throw)
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top throws prospects at the high school level in the United States for the Class of 2014 … The nation’s No. 1-ranked performer in the weight throw at the prep level regardless of class as a junior in 2013 (58-11) and as a senior in 2014 (64-11) while competing for Austintown-Fitch High School … Threw her personal best of 64-11 in winning the weight throw title at the Kent State University High School Open on March 2, 2014, to become the nation’s No. 2-ranked performer in the weight throw all-time at the high school level … Trails only Class of 2011 standout Shelby Ashe (68-2 ¾) on the all-time high school weight throw list in the United States … Crowned the weight throw champion at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals held at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York, where she unleashed a winning throw of 62-1 ¾ on her fourth throw of the competition … Also eclipsed the 60-foot mark with winning throws of 62-8 and 61-9 on back-to-back weekends in meets held at Youngstown State University in February 2014 … Won the Ohio Division I Indoor state title in the weight throw as a senior in 2014 with a winning throw of 59-6 ½ … Also eclipsed her 2013 seasonal best as a senior in 2014 with a winning throw of 59-11 at the Akron Rubber City Meet held in late February … Ended the 2013 indoor season as the nation’s No. 1-ranked prep performer in the weight throw after setting her seasonal best of 58-11 at a high school meet held at Youngstown State University … Threw 56-5 ¼ in the weight throw to win the bronze medal in the event at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals … Also finished in fifth place in the weight throw with a mark of 53-4 ¼ in her debut at the New Balance Indoor Nationals as a sophomore in 2012 … Also won Ohio Division I Indoor state championships in the weight throw with title-clinching marks of 55-5 in 2012 and 56-0 in 2013 … Mark of 55-5 to win her first career state title ranked No. 4 nationally regardless of class and No. 1 in the Class of 2014 for the 2012 indoor season … Emerged as an elite hammer throw prospect during the 2013 outdoor season after throwing a personal best of 168-9 to finish runner-up at the Ohio MileSplit State Hammer Championship … PR of 168-9 was the No. 9-ranked mark nationally regardless of class and the No. 5-ranked mark among members of the Class of 2014 for the 2013 outdoor season … Followed by throwing 166-4 to win the silver medal in the hammer throw at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals held in Greensboro, N.C. … Swept Ohio Division I district (123-7) and regional (135-0) titles in the discus throw en route to qualifying for the state meet in the event … Winning throw of 135-0 at the regional meet set a personal best in the discus.
Full name is Gabrielle Francine Figueroa … Born on Feb. 20, 1996 … Parents are Carlos and Cheryl Figueroa … Has two older sisters, Juliana Figueroa and Katherine Polchies ... A member of the marching and symphonic band during her prep career at Austintown-Fitch High School … Plans to major in fitness studies at LSU.