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Shanell

Atkins

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Throws
Year: Junior
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Fla.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas

Bio

SOPHOMORE (2018)

  • Competed in four indoor meets, earning eight Top 25 finishes in the shot put and weight throw
  • Competed in seven outdoor meets, earning 12 Top 30 finishes in the shot put and discus
  • Made her UCF debut with a top-10 finish in the shot put at the Blazer Invite (1/12)
  • Threw her season best in the weight throw with 59-1.25 at the Music City Challenge (2/4)
  • Made her UCF outdoor debut with a fourth-place finish in the shot put at the Black and Gold Challenge (3/17)
  • Earned a top-five finish in the discus at the North Florida Invitational with a personal best 137-4/41.86m (4/27)

 
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY (2016-17)

  • Finished 15th in the shot put with a distance of 43-2 at the 2017 Kentucky Indoor Invitational

 
HIGH SCHOOL

  • Won the 4A shot put state title with a throw of 45-4 during her senior year
  • Seven-time AAU State and Junior Olympic Gold Medal winner in the shot put in age groups 8-15
  • Five-time AAU State discus Gold Medal winner
  • Competed at the state finals in three of her four seasons with the Lady Raiders, but missed her sophomore campaign due to injury
  • Member of the 2014 and 2016 track and field state championships at St. Thomas Aquinas
  • All-Broward County in both track and field and basketball

 
PERSONAL

  • Daughter of Sandra Atkins and Gene Atkins Sr.
  • Father, Gene Sr, was a safety for the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins
  • Brother, Geno, is a defensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Sister, Santrell, was the 2009 state champion in the 100m hurdles
  • Born on Feb. 1, 1998
  • Intends to major in marketing
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