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2008 Women's Track & Field Roster

Mariam Kevkhishvili

Tbilisi, Georgia
Varketili Secondary





Shot Put: 17.94m/58-10.25, SEC Indoor Championships, Lexington, Ky. 2009



Shot Put: 18.05/59-2.75, SEC Outdoor Championships, Gainesville, Fla. 2009


HONORS: (Three-time NCAA champion, five-time All-American) … 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion – shot put … 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor All-American – shot put … 2009 SEC Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put Champion … 2009 USTFCCCA South Region Indoor Female Field Athlete of the Year … 2009 SEC Indoor Female Field Athlete of the Year … 2008 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor All-American – shot put … 2007 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor All-American – shot put … 2007 SEC Outdoor Shot Put Champion … 2007 SEC Outdoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year.


2009 AS A JUNIOR: Wins (11): (o) War Eagle Invitational (15.65m/51-4.25); Seminole Twilight Invitational (17.33m/56-10.25); SEC Outdoor Championships (18.05m/59-2.75); NCAA East Regional (17.95m/58-10.75); NCAA Outdoor Championships (17.79m/18-4.50); (i) Kentucky Invitational (17.03m/55-10.5); Tom Jones Memorial (17.07m/56-0); SEC/Big 12 Showdown (17.12m/56-2); Iowa State Classic (17.34m/56-10.75); SEC Indoor Championships (17.94m/58-10.25); NCAA Indoor Championships (17.84m/58-6.50) … Participated in 12 total meets during the 2009 season … Went a perfect 12-for-12 against collegiate competition during the season, placing second only once to former Gator Liz Wanless, now a post-collegian … Eclipsed the 18-meter mark for the first time in her career at the Pepsi Florida Relays, throwing 18.04m/59-2.25, before breaking that mark at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a mark of 18.05m/29-2.75 … In the SEC Outdoor meet, broke the league outdoor record by more than a foot-and-a-half en route to her second career outdoor shot put title … Won the NCAA Indoor Shot Put Championship for the second consecutive year, making her just the fourth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back NCAA Indoor Shot Put Championships … Captured the 2009 SEC Indoor Championship in Lexington, Ky., by setting the SEC Indoor Meet record with a mark of 17.94m/58-10.25.


2008 AS A SOPHOMORE: Wins (4): (o) Pepsi Florida Relays A shot put (17.60m/57-9); (i) NCAA Indoor Championships shot put (19.83m/58-6); Tom Jones Memorial Classic shot put (16.82m/55-2.25); Big Ten/SEC Challenge shot put (16.65m/54-7.50) … Best of 17.83m/58-6 (shot put) … Competed in 10 meets (six indoor, four outdoor) … Earned runner-up honors in shot put at Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships (16.69m/54-9.25) … All-SEC second-team member … Finished second in elite section of shot put at Sun Angel Track Classic (17.22m/56-6) … Made outdoor debut with career-best toss of 17.60m/57-9 to win A shot put at Pepsi Florida Relays and move into third place on Florida’s all-time outdoor chart … Exploded for school-record toss of 19.83m/58-6 on her second attempt at NCAA Indoor Championships, winning UF’s first national shot put crown on either men’s or women’s side … Earned runner-up honors in shot put at SEC Championships (17.20m/56-5.25) … Automatically qualified for NCAA Championships with career-best toss of 17.44m/57-2.75 in shot put at Iowa State Classic to finish second … The mark lifted her into fourth place on all-time UF indoor chart … Earned SEC Field Athlete of the Week honors after winning shot put at Tom Jones Memorial Classic with personal-best heave of 16.82m/55-2.25 … The mark moved her into fifth on the all-time UF indoor list and ranked 16th in world at time of toss … Raised her career indoor best in shot put with a toss of 16.65m/54-7.50 to win Big Ten/SEC Challenge.


2006-07 AS A FRESHMAN: Wins (5): (o) SEC Outdoor Championships shot put (17.05m/55-11.25); Mesa Classic shot put (16.67m/54-8.25); Pepsi Florida Relays shot put (16.32m/53-6.50); (i) Indiana Team Classic shot put (16.09m/52-9.50); Florida Intercollegiate shot put (15.75m/51-8.25) … Bests of 17.05m/55-11.25 (shot put) and 44.11m/144-9 (discus) … Competed in 15 meets (eight indoor, seven outdoor) … SEC Outdoor Freshman Field Athlete of the Year … USTFCCCA All-East Region in shot put … Took sixth in the shot put at NCAA Outdoor Championships with second-best throw of career (16.81m/55-2) to earn All-America honors … Third at NCAA East Regional Championships in shot put (16.31m/53-6.25) … Became Florida’s first SEC outdoor shot put champion since 2004 with fourth regional qualifying mark and personal-best toss of 17.05m/55-11.25, fourth-best in UF history, at SEC Outdoor Championships … Achieved regional standard in shot put for third time with toss of 15.99m/52-5.50 to take fourth, and threw discus 41.20m/135-2 to finish eighth, at the Sun Angel Classic … Threw shot put 16.67m/54-8.25 to earn victory and her second regional mark at Mesa Classic … Took third in shot put at Pepsi Florida Relays with then personal-best toss and regional mark of 16.32m/53-6.50, and threw discus 41.61/139-6 to finish second in B-division of event … Threw discus for first time in career at Florida State Relays and recorded mark of 44.11/144-9 to take third … Set indoor personal-best of 16.32m/53-6.50 in shot put at NCAA Indoor Championships to finish eighth … Second at Cyclone NCAA Qualifier in shot put with NCAA provisional toss of 15.84m/51-11.75 . ..Sixth with throw of 15.83/51-11.25 in shot put at Tyson Invitational … Threw shot put 15.16m/49-9 to finish third at Diet Pepsi Invitational … Improved distance in shot put to 16.09m/52-9.50 at Indiana Team Classic to earn second victory in event and second provisional mark … Provisionally qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships at Florida Intercollegiate with mark of 15.75m/51-8.25 in shot put, which won the event … Competed in first meet as a Gator at Clemson Opener and threw shot put 15.04m/49-4.25.


HIGH SCHOOL/PREP: Bests of 16.18m/53-1 in shot put and 42.70m/140-1 in discus … Placed 16th in the prelims with toss of 15.06m/49-5 in shot put as an 18-year-old at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece … In 2004, was ranked fifth in the world for age group … Competed for Georgia in 10th World Junior Championships in 2004, finishing ninth with shot put mark of 14.96/49-1 … Finished 10th in shot put with a throw of 14.71m/48-3.25 at 2005 Universiade … Attended Varketili Settlement Secondary School where she competed for coach Vaso Mchedlishvili … Most memorable moment was when she found out she was going to the 2004 Olympics.


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