2013 Track & Field Preview: Throws

LSU's Tori Bliss
LSU's Tori Bliss
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Men's Previews

Women's Previews

After earning a third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships and defending their crown at the SEC Outdoor Championships during the 2012 season, the Lady Tigers are poised for another championship run as they return six All-Americans and one of the nation's top recruiting classes that will provide the foundation for one of the NCAA's most talented teams this spring. Like the men's team, the Lady Tigers feature a balanced squad with All-America hopefuls in each of the five event areas, including the sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws and middle distances. That firepower is sure to lead the Lady Tigers into the championship chase again in 2013.

Last in a 10-part series previews the women's throwers who will be competing in 2013.

Women's Throws

The Lady Tigers feature a strong throws group this spring that blends youth and experience in a recipe that is sure to impact their postseason fortunes while entering the season as a contender to take home SEC and NCAA titles in 2013. Returning to the squad is a quartet of NCAA qualifiers as they compete with All-SEC and All-America aspirations this spring.

Annie Simoneaux earned All-SEC honors for the first time in her career as one of the top javelin throwers in the conference during the outdoor season a year ago. With the SEC Outdoor Championships being held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium last season, Simoneaux won the SEC silver medal after throwing a personal record of 157 feet, 11 inches for a second-place finish.

While Simoneaux claimed an SEC silver medal with her efforts as a sophomore, the Lady Tigers are also excited to welcome back a pair of SEC bronze medalists as junior Karen Henning and rising sophomore Tori Bliss enjoyed strong 2012 campaigns a season ago.

Henning developed into one of the SEC's leading weight and hammer throwers with PRs of 60-10 in the weight throw and 197-2 in the hammer throw during her sophomore season. It was a season in which she earned her best career finish of third place in the hammer throw at the SEC Championships. Bliss won a bronze medal of her own at the SEC Outdoor meet as she was the third-place finisher in the shot before putting her PR of 51-7 ¾ at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.

Perhaps no Lady Tiger on the roster showed improvement over the course of the 2012 season quite like Denise Hinton, who made her first career NCAA Championships appearance during the indoor and outdoor seasons.

After missing much of her indoor season as a freshman in 2011, Hinton burst onto the national scene as one of the NCAA's leading weight throwers as a sophomore after breaking LSU's school record with her top mark of 69-9 ¾. That performance ranked Hinton as the No. 6 thrower in the NCAA ranks for the 2012 indoor season. Hinton also smashed her personal record outdoors in the hammer throw while ending the year with a personal best of 191-5 in the event.

The Lady Tigers also welcome the addition of prep javelin standout Kelsey Carlsen of Rome, Pa., to the squad as she signed her National Letter of Intent with a PR of 147-5 in the event. Carlsen emerged as an elite prep recruit while winning a silver medal in the javelin at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympics following her junior season.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers kick off the 2013 indoor season this weekend with a trip to Birmingham, Ala., to compete at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener being held Saturday at the Fair Park Arena.





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