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Samia Stokes
Position: Throws
Height: 6'2"
Class: Senior
Experience: 3 Letters
City/State: Tempe, Ariz.
High School: Corona Del Sol HS
Other College: Mesa CC
Major: Psychology
Born: 07/22/1989
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Samia Stokes Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 11/08/2012

Events: Weight Throw (60-8 ¾), Hammer (176-3), Discus (181-0)

SEC Champion
All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
Wrapped up her three-year collegiate career as one of the most prolific discus throwers in Lady Tiger history ... Crowned the SEC Outdoor champion in the discus in her first season with the program as a sophomore in 2010 ... Became the first Lady Tiger to claim the SEC discus title since Danyel Mitchell won back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994 ... Scored 21 points in three appearances at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Also finished in fourth place in 2011 before winning the SEC Outdoor bronze medal in 2012 ... Ranked No. 2 on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list with her personal best of 181 feet, 0 inches ... Also ranked No. 5 in the weight throw indoors with a PR of 60-8 ¾ and No. 8 in the hammer throw outdoors with a PR of 176-3 set during her career as a Lady Tiger.

2012
One of the nation's leading discus throwers as a senior in 2012 ... Competed at the NCAA Championships for the third-straight season ... Earned an 18th-place finish in the national semifinal of the discus with a top throw of 162 feet, 3 inches at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa ... Qualified for the national semifinals with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with a mark of 169-9 ... Claimed the SEC bronze medal in the discus with a third-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium ... Unleashed a personal record of 181-0 at the SEC Outdoor meet for the No. 2-ranked performance in school history ... Finished the regular season as the No. 12-ranked discus thrower in the NCAA with her efforts at the conference meet ... Won a trio of discus titles at the Louisiana Classics (171-5), Battle on the Bayou (173-0) and LSU Alumni Gold (163-1) ... Named the SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week following her victory at the Louisiana Classics to open up the outdoor season ... Claimed a runner-up finish at the Penn Relays with a mark of 172-7 ... Took third place at the LSU Relays (157-3) and Arizona State Tri-Meet (171-4) ... Placed fourth at the Texas Relays with a best of 168-3 ... Also threw the hammer during the outdoor season ... Claimed a 13th-place finish in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a toss of 150-4 ... Posted a seasonal-best of 173-9 for a sixth-place finish at the LSU Relays ... Competed in the 20-pound weight throw during the indoor season ... Lettered with an 11th-place finish in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships after setting a series-best effort of 55-9 ... Recorded an indoor seasonal-best of 59-3 ½ in a second-place finish at the Texas A&M Dual Meet.

2011
Put up a strong defense of her SEC discus crown while earning a fourth-place finish at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Athens, Ga. ... Scored five points for the Lady Tigers after throwing a series-best of 166 feet, 10 inches at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Also competed in the hammer throw at the conference meet, earning a 12th-place finish with a top throw of 162-10 in the competition ... Competed in the discus at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the second-straight season ... Finished in 20th place in the national quarterfinal after throwing 161-0 in the event held in Bloomington, Ind. ... Opened the outdoor season by winning the discus title at the Louisiana Classics with a seasonal best of 177-4 ... Added two more discus titles outdoors at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (164-3) and LSU Invitational (161-1) ... Scored a bronze medal in the discus at the Penn Relays with a top mark of 166-3 ... Set a PR of 176-3 in the hammer throw in a runner-up finish at the LSU Invitational ... Also finished in fourth place in the hammer throw at the LSU Tiger Relays (172-3) and Hurricane Alumni Invitational (173-4) outdoors ... Finished the 2011 outdoor season ranked No. 7 on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list in the women's hammer ... Competed in the weight throw during the indoor season ... Nearly scored for the Lady Tigers at the SEC Indoor Championships after placing ninth in the competition with a seasonal best of 59-1 ¼ ... Won the weight throw at the Texas A&M Dual Meet (57-11 ¾) and LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier (58-11 ½) during the indoor season ... Also eclipsed the 59-foot mark in the weight at the Razorback Invitational (59-0 ¾) and LSU Twilight (59-0) in 2011.

2010
A leader of the LSU's throws group during her first season with the program in 2010 ... Crowned SEC discus champion at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Set a previous personal-best mark of 168-5 to take the tile at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Became the first Lady Tiger to win the SEC discus title in nearly 20 years as LSU great Danyel Mitchell won back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994 ... Helped lead the Lady Tigers to their third SEC Outdoor team championship in four seasons ... Went on to compete in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she finished in 16th place with a top mark of 155-0 ... Qualified for the national semifinal with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., where she shattered her personal best with a mark of 177-11 on her first throw of the competition ... Ranked No. 2 on LSU's all-time outdoor performance list ... Won a pair of discus titles at the Louisiana Classics (166-1) and LSU Tiger Relays (163-11) during the outdoor season ... Finished fourth at the Texas Relays (166-6) and eighth at the Penn Relays (150-10) ... Recorded a seasonal best of 170-11 in the hammer throw at the LSU Alumni Gold, finishing the season at No. 7 spot on LSU's all-time list in the event ... Competed in the 20-pound weight throw during the indoor season ... Opened the campaign with a personal best of 60-8 ¾ in a runner-up finish at the Purple Tiger Invitational ... Ranks No. 2 all-time at LSU in the event ... Won weight throw titles at the New Mexico Invitational (57-11 ¼) and LSU Twilight (59-1 ½) ... Finished in 10th place in the event at the SEC Indoor Championships with a top throw of 57-4 ¾ during the competition.

PRIOR TO LSU
A two-time National Junior College Athletics Association All-American during the 2009 season at Mesa Community College ... Signed with LSU as one of the premier throws prospects in the JUCO ranks ... Earned JUCO All-America honors in the discus throw with a national runner-up finish at the 2009 NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships ... Also earned JUCO All-America honors during the indoor season with a third-place finish in the weight throw at the 2009 NJCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 52-8 ¾ ... Set her JUCO personal best in the discus at the 2009 Mesa Classic, where she unleashed a throw of 163-10 to finish second in the invitational event ... Her mark of 163-10 in the discus would have earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the event final at the 2009 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. ... Captured the NJCAA Region I championship in the discus with a throw of 156-2 at the 2009 NJCAA Region I Track & Field Championships ... Posted a mark of 164-6 in her only appearance in the hammer throw during her junior college career ... Originally signed with Mesa Community College on a basketball scholarship.

PERSONAL
Born on July 22, 1989 ... Daughter of Sam Stokes and Evangeline Bundy ... Has five siblings ... Has four older brothers named Michael Bundy, Joseph Counts, Evan Stokes and Garrett Stokes ... Has one younger sister named Eleya Stokes ... Graduated from Mesa Community College with distinction with a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and her Associate in Arts degree ... Was an AIA Scholar Athlete in basketball during her high school career at Corona Del Sol High School ... Cousin of professional sprinter Marcus Brunson, who runs the 100 meters and 400 meters ... Also supported in her athletic career by her aunt, Essie Brunson, and her cousin Damien Brunson ... Graduated from LSU in May 2011 with her degree in psychology.

 

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