- Mariam Kevkhishvili
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Varketili Secondary
CAREER VICTORIES: 20
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 Floridas all-time outdoor chart Exploded for school-record toss of 19.83m/58-6 on her second attempt at NCAA Indoor Championships, winning UFs first national shot put crown on either mens or womens 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 Floridas 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.
MAJOR: Social and Behavioral Sciences