Saniel Atkinson
blank Saniel Atkinson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Upper Marlboro, Md.

High School:
Bishop McNamara

Height:
5-9

Event:
Jumps

2012: Indoor - Earned runner-up honors in the high jump (5 feet, 9 ¾ inches) and finished fourth in the triple jump (40-1.50) to highlight the Auburn Invitational...Won the high jump at the Mark Colligan Memorial after passing over 5-9.75 on her second attempt...Was also third in the triple jump at the Mark Colligan meet...Soared over the bar at a season-best height of 5-11.50 to earn runner-up honors at the VT Elite meet...Won the high jump at the Tiger Paw Invitational...Hit a personal best and an NCAA automatic qualifying mark 6-0.75 to earn runner-up honors in the high jump at the SEC Championships, which gives her the fourth-best mark in school history...Finished in a tie for 11th in the high jump at the NCAA Championships after reaching 5-8.75 for Second Team All-America honors.

2011: Outdoor - Cleared the high jump bar at 5-10.50 on her first attempt to take second place at the SEC Championships...Also took fifth in the triple jump (41-2.50) at SECs...Finished fourth in the high jump (5-10) at the Drake Relays...Won the high jump (5-8) at the Georgia-Missouri dual meet...Cleared a career-high 6 feet on her third attempt to win the high jump at the Spec Towns Invite...Also finished third in the triple jump (42-1.50) at Spec Towns...Tied for third in the high jump (5-10.75) at the Florida Relays...Took third in both the high jump (5-7.75) and the triple jump (40-9.50) at the SEC vs. Big Ten Challenge...Earned runner-up honors in the triple jump (40-8.75) at the Georgia Intercollegiate Invitational.

2011: Indoor - Earned Second Team All-American honors after clearing 5 feet, 7 inches on her first attempt to take 16th in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships...Hit a personal-best mark of 5-11.50 to take fourth in the high jump at the SEC Indoor Championships...Also managed a sixth-place finish in the triple jump after recording a career-best effort of 41-7.75...Finished fourth in the triple jump (a season-best 40-4.75) at the Tyson Invitational while also tying for sixth in the high jump (5-8)...Tied for second in the high jump at the Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge after reaching a height of 5-7...Also tallied the 10th-best pentathlon total in school history (3,411) to finish eighth at the Big 12 vs. SEC meet...Earned runner-up honors in the high jump (5-7) at the Clemson Challenge.

2010: Outdoor - Reached a career-best height of 5 feet, 10 ¾ inches in the high jump to finish third at the USA Junior Championships...tied for 29th in the high jump (5-6.50) at the NCAA East Prelims...took fourth in the high jump at the SEC Championships after safely clearing 5-8.75...also had an eighth-place finish in the triple jump (a career-best 40-2.75) at the SEC meet...had a career-best mark of 39-10.50 inches to tie for fourth in the triple jump at the Spec Towns Invitational...won the high jump after equaling her career-best mark (5-10) at the Georgia-Georgia Tech dual meet.

2010: Indoor - Scored in both the high jump (T5th - personal-best 5 feet, 8 ¾ inches) and the triple jump (7th - 40-4.75) at her first SEC Championships...cleared a personal-best height of 5-8.50 in the high jump to tie for second at the Virginia Tech Elite...went a personal-best 40-11.50 in the triple jump to take fourth at the Hokie Invitational.

High School: Named a Nike All-American as a junior (second in the high jump and eighth in the pentathlon) and an All-American as a freshman...Earned All-State, All-Metro and All-County first-team honors as a junior and senior...Also named an All-State performer in her freshman and sophomore years...Named ESPN Rise Athlete of the Week...Honored as her school's Female Athlete of the Year...Won the high and triple jumps at the Virginia Tech meet...Was on the winning 4x400-meter relay team and took first in the high jump at the Hispanic Games...Won at the Penn Relays as a junior...Took sixth in the high jump and 16th in the triple jump at the IAAF Junior Nationals as a junior...Also finished first in the high jump at both the Pepsi Cola meet and Hispanic Games as a junior...Took second in the high jump and ninth in the heptathlon at the USATF Junior Olympics as a freshman...Ranked No. 2 nationally in the high jump as a junior after being ranked No. 8 as a freshman...Team won the WCAC championship during her freshman season as she finished first in the high jump at the Coca-Cola Classic...Personal-best marks of 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump, 40-4.25 in the triple jump, 18-4 in the long jump and she has scored 3,951 in the heptathlon and 3,281 in the pentathlon...A team member of the Marlboro Boys & Girls Club Track Team...Member of Frontiers for Justice, the Black Cultural Alliance and was cum laude every year of high school...Named a Miss Maryland USA delegate in 2007-08.

Personal: Born July 2, 1991...Daughter of Sandra and Kenneth Grier and O'Neill and Bettie Atkinson...Majoring in International Affairs.

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