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KD Young

  • position Throws
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Decatur, Ill.
  • High school Warrensburg-Latham
  • position Throws
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Decatur, Ill.
  • High school Warrensburg-Latham

KD Young Bio

Season and Career Results

SEC HONORS
2018 SEC All-Freshman Team (Indoor Shot Put & Outdoor Shot Put)

ACADEMIC HONORS:
2019, 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2021
Indoor: Threw in 10 competitions at six meets … Threw the shot put and the weight throw at the SEC Championships … Finished seventh at the SEC meet in the shot put with a toss of 15.73m/51-7.25 … Took 13th in the weight throw with a mark of 18.19m/59-8.25 … Threw a season-best in the shot put at the Carolina Challenge with a mark of 15.83m/51-11.25 … Threw a season-best mark in the weight throw at the Bob Pollock Meet with a time of 18.35m/60-2.50 … Earned three top-five finishes in the shot put … Earned four top-five finishes in the weight throw, including a win at the Gamecock Opener.
Outdoor: Qualified for the East Regional in the shot put … Took 18th in the shot put at the East Regional with a season-best toss of 16.00m/52-6 … Also competed in the shot put at the SEC Championships and finished in 15th with a mark of 15.30m/50-2.50 … Earned a second- or third-place finish in the shot put at the Gamecock Invitational, USC Open, Charlotte Invitational and UNF Invitational … Threw the hammer throw four times for Carolina … Had a season-best toss of 56.38m/184-11 in the hammer throw at the USC Open … Earned third-place finishes in the hammer throw at the Gamecock Invitational, USC Open and Charlotte Invitational … Also threw the hammer throw at the UNF Invitational.

2020
Indoor: Competed unattached during the indoor season while redshirting.
Outdoor: Cancelled.

2019
Indoor: Was a member of the Gamecocks lineup seven different times during the indoor campaign… Competed in both the Shot Put and the Weight Throw, throwing both in all seven appearances… Won the Shot Put at the USC Indoor Open with a mark of 14.54m (47-0 1/4)… Picked up three other top-5 finishes in the Shot Put throughout the indoor season… Was the runner-up at the Gamecock Inaugural… Had her season-best mark in the Shot Put at the Carolina Challenge with a throw of 15.11m (49-7)… Had her best Discus finish at the Orange & Purple Elite, capturing fourth place with a toss of 16.73 (54-10 3/4)… Had a season-best toss of 16.91m (55-5 3/4) at the SEC Championships to take 19th… Finished in 16th at the SEC Championships in the Shot Put.
Outdoor: Did not compete. 

2018
Indoor: Competed in both the shot put and the weight throw as a freshman… won the shot put in her debut meet, throwing 15.30m (50-2 1/2) at the Navy Winter Invitational… finished second in the weight throw at Navy… also won the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational with a mark of 15.64m (51-3 3/4)… had her best shot put effort at the Columbia Challenge, a mark of 15.93m (52-3 1/4) that ranked seventh in Gamecock history at the conclusion of the season… also had her best weight throw effort at the Columbia Challenge, throwing 17.51m (57-5 1/2)… scored for the Gamecocks at the SEC Championships, earning SEC All-Freshman laurels with a seventh-place result… took 15th in the weight throw at the conference meet.
Outdoor: Earned another SEC All-Freshman Team nod and grabbed a spot at the NCAA East Regional in her rookie outdoor season… competed in the shot put, the discus and the hammer… won the shot put at the Gamecock Invitational with a mark of 15.96m (52-4 1/2), the sixth-best effort in Carolina history… took third in the discus at the Gamecock Invitational… added second-place shot put finishes at the Tennessee Relays and the USC Open… placed second in the hammer at the USC Open… took seventh at Penn Relays in the shot put and scored for the Gamecocks at the SEC Championships with a mark of 15.82m (51-11), tops among freshmen… also came in seventh at Penn in the hammer with a mark of 53.29m (174-10), eighth in Carolina history… placed 11th in the hammer and 12th in the discus at the conference meet… finished 20th in the shot put at her first NCAA East Regional… competed at the USATF Junior Championships after the end of the college season, finishing fourth in the shot put and ninth in the hammer… her shot put mark of 16.05m (52-8) was her best of the 2018 campaign… won the 17-18 division of the shot put at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympics while finished second at the meet in the hammer and the discus.

High School
Was a four-year letter-winner at Warrensburg-Latham High School under head coach Tami Davis… Was named Illinois’ Gatorade Athlete of the Year in each of her last two seasons… Won eight individual state championships, earning the shot put and discus titles in each of her four high school years… Named the ESPN Decatur Athlete of the Year four times… Competed twice at New Balance Nationals, including a second-place finish in the shot put in 2017… Won the shot put at the USATF Junior Olympics.

Personal
Daughter of Brett and Jennifer Young… Has one brother, Joe… Was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and graduated with a 4.96 GPA… Plans to major in business at South Carolina… Chose Carolina over dozens of NCAA Division I offers… Picked the Gamecocks because she loved the team and the people on it.

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