Events: Weight Throw (73-11), Hammer Throw (218-0)
2-time SEC Champion
Graduated from LSU in May 2014 with her degree in kinesiology … One of the most decorated throwers in the history of the Lady Tiger program during her four-year collegiate career from 2011-14 … A two-time All-American, earning fifth-place finishes nationally in the weight throw indoors and hammer throw outdoors at the NCAA Championships during her senior season in 2014 … Won back-to-back SEC Indoor Championships in the weight throw as a junior in 2013 and as a senior in 2014 … Won back-to-back SEC Outdoor silver medals in the hammer throw as an All-SEC performer in 2013 and 2014 … Ended her collegiate career as LSU’s school-record holder in the weight throw (73-11) and hammer throw (218-0) as the program’s first All-American in both events.
Wrapped up a decorated collegiate career with a historic senior season with the Lady Tigers in 2014 … Earned All-America honors for the first time in her collegiate career with a pair of fifth-place finishes nationally in the weight throw indoors and hammer throw outdoors at the NCAA Championships … Threw 70 feet, 7 ½ inches for a fifth-place finish in the weight throw final at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico … Threw 210-9 for a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw final at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Qualified for the NCAA semifinals outdoors as the fifth-best qualifier in the hammer throw quarterfinals at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds with her top mark of 202-2 in the event held in Jacksonville, Florida … Became the first Lady Tiger in program history to earn All-America honors in both throws during her senior season … Defended her SEC Indoor crown in the weight throw while breaking her own school record in the event with a winning mark of 73-11 at the SEC Indoor Championships held in College Station, Texas … Earned All-SEC honors outdoors with her second-straight silver-medal-winning runner-up finish in the hammer throw after throwing a best of 207-4 at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Lexington, Kentucky … Twice broke LSU’s school record in the hammer throw during the outdoor season … First became LSU’s school-record holder in the hammer throw with her winning mark of 209-6 at the Battle on the Bayou … Raised her record mark to 218-0 in a victory at the LSU Invitational in LSU’s regular-season finale … Was honored as the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after each school-record-setting performance … Was the NCAA’s No. 4-ranked hammer thrower during the 2014 outdoor season with her performance … Won two other hammer titles at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (204-11) and LSU Alumni Gold (204-0) during the outdoor season … Also threw the hammer with an eighth-place finish at the Texas Relays (191-8) and a second-place finish at the Penn Relays (204-0) … Won two other weight throw titles during the indoor season along with her SEC Indoor crown … Threw 65-8 ¼ at the Auburn Indoor Invitational and 64-6 ½ at the LSU Twilight in a pair of wins … Earned three-straight runner-up finishes in the weight throw at the Texas A&M Triangular (67-9 ½), New Mexico Team Invitational (63-4 ¾) and Aggie Invitational (70-1) … Also threw the weight at the Tyson Invitational (67-3 ¼) during the indoor season … Followed the collegiate season by competing in the hammer throw at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento, California … Threw 198-11 for 15th place overall in the women’s hammer throw at the USA Outdoor Championships.
Earned All-SEC honors for the first time in her career with her performance at the SEC Championships … Crowned the SEC Indoor champion in the 20-pound weight throw after posting a winning mark of 69-6 ¼ in the event held in Fayetteville, Arkansas … Became the first Lady Tiger in program history to win the SEC Indoor title in the women’s weight throw … Competed in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the second-straight year, finishing in 14th place in her indoor finale … Earned her first All-SEC honor in the hammer throw during the outdoor season with a silver-medal-winning runner-up finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships held in Columbia, Missouri … Threw a personal record of 202-0 on her sixth and final throw of the competition to move from third place to second place and claim her first all-conference honor in the hammer throw … PR of 202-0 moved her to the No. 3 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the women’s hammer throw … Made her debut in the NCAA semifinals for the first time in her collegiate career while wrapping up the 2013 season at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon … Finished in 21st place in the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships with her throw of 192-9 in the semifinal round … Advanced to the national semifinals with a ninth-place finish in qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Greensboro, North Carolina … Threw 197-11 in the preliminary round to earn her spot in the national semifinals … Earned two other runner-up finishes in the hammer throw final at the LSU Relays (195-11) and Penn Relays (192-6) during the outdoor season … Claimed third place in the event at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational (187-8) and LSU’s Battle on the Bayou (195-4) … Also finished in sixth place at the LSU Alumni Gold (185-6) and eighth place at the Texas Relays (187-3) … Broke her own school record in the weight throw during the indoor season … Eclipsed the 70-foot mark for the first time in her collegiate career with a lifetime best of 70-9 ¼ for the win at the LSU Twilight … Broke the school record of 69-9 ¾ that she matched in taking second place at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York … Was honored as the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 5 after matching her school record at the Armory Collegiate Invitational … Won six weight throw titles during her junior season indoors in 2013, including the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener (64-8), Texas A&M Triangular (65-1 ¼), Razorback Invitational (67-6) and Tyson Invitational (69-8 ¾) along with her wins at the LSU Twilight and SEC Championships … Earned a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second-straight season.
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 69-9 ¾ 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 55-4 ¾ 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. … Graduated from LSU in May 2014 with her degree in kinesiology.