Nickolette Dunbar Season 2024
Events: Weight Throw (55-5 1/2), Shot Put (IN: 54-7 ½; OUT: 53-11), Discus (146-6), Hammer Throw (144-1)
2017 SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week (Feb. 21)
An SEC scorer in the shot put both indoors and outdoors during her freshman season at LSU … Nearly medaled for the Lady Tigers at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Columbia, South Carolina, where she placed fifth in the conference with a throw of 52 feet, 8 1/4 inches … Followed by throwing her outdoor personal best of 53-11 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the first time in her career … Qualified 10th overall at the NCAA East Prelims in Lexington, Kentucky … Moved into the No. 3 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the shot put with her outdoor PR of 53-11 … Ended the collegiate season with a 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while throwing 51-2 1/4 at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Won the shot put at the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a throw of 51-1 3/4 … Also threw the shot at the Texas Relays (49-7 3/4), Battle on the Bayou (51-4 1/2), Mt. SAC Relays (52-6 1/2) and SEC Relays (53-7 3/4) during the outdoor season … Finished runner-up in the event at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou … Also posted a personal-best mark of 146-6 in the discus at the Battle on the Bayou, finishing the event in sixth place … Scored two points for the Lady Tigers at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships while finishing in seventh place with a series-best throw of 50-2 3/4 in the competition … Added a 26th-place finish in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships … Warmed up for her SEC Championship debut by winning the shot put at the LSU Twilight meet with a seasonal-best throw of 54-1 3/4 to rank No. 4 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event … Was named the SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week following her performance at the LSU Twilight … Won the shot put title at the Bayou Bengal Invitational with a mark of 50-6 … Also threw the shot indoors at the Commodore Invitational (51-4 1/4), Auburn Invitational (52-6 1/2), Razorback Invitational (52-0 1/2) and Iowa State Classic (49-6 1/4) … Opened the indoor season by throwing a personal best of 55-5 1/2 for sixth place in the weight throw at the Purple Tiger Invitational … Nearly matched her weight throw PR at the Bayou Bengal Invitational where she threw 55-3 for sixth place … Followed the collegiate season by stepping into the shot put circle at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships in Sacramento, California, where she placed fifth overall with a throw of 52-0 … Honored for her academic performance following the season with a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the elite shot putters in the United States at the youth level during her career at Whippany Park High School … Crowned the New Balance Indoor Nationals Champion in the shot put during her senior year in 2016 while becoming the No. 4-ranked shot putter indoors in U.S. history at the high school level … Unleashed a lifetime best of 54-7 ½ on her sixth and final attempt of the competition to win the New Balance Indoor Nationals gold medal … Also threw 54-6 ¾ in the fourth round to take the lead … Ended the 2016 indoor season as the No. 2-ranked shot putter nationally at the high school level … Was also one of the nation’s leading shot putters during the 2016 outdoor season after setting an outdoor PR of 52-7 ¾ at the Morris County Championships to rank No. 3 on the U.S. high school list … Threw 52-3 ¾ to score the shot put silver medal at the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Meet of Champions during her senior season at Whippany Park High School … Also won the silver medal in the discus at the 2016 NJSIAA Meet of Champions … Won her second-straight shot put silver medal at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals after throwing 51-2 ¼ at the meet in 2016 … Threw 50-5 ½ to win the New Balance Outdoor Nationals silver medal as a junior in 2015 … Also ranked as the No. 3 shot putter on the U.S. high school list in 2015 with a seasonal best and previous New Jersey state record of 51-2 ¾ on her final throw to win the event at the 2015 NJSIAA Meet of Champions … Became the first shot putter in the history of New Jersey high school athletics to eclipse the 50-foot mark with a meet-record throw of 50-8 to take the title at the 121st Penn Relays in April 2015 … Broke a 24-year-old New Jersey state record and 35-year-old Penn Relays meet record with her first career 50-foot throw … Later earned the right to represent the United States at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships with a silver-medal-winning performance at the USA Track & Field World Youth Trials where she threw the 3-kg. shot a distance of 55-5 ¾ on her final throw … Placed sixth in her international debut with a throw of 55-1 ½ with the 3-kg. shot at the IAAF World Youth Championships held in Cali, Colombia … Threw 56-11 ½ with the lighter shot in the qualifying round at the IAAF World Youth Championships … Junior season in 2015 was also highlighted by winning the NJSIAA Group 2 state title with a throw of 48-6 ½ and the shot put title in the 17-18 age group at the USATF Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships with a throw of 47-9 ¾ … Also crowned the NJSIAA Group 2 state champion in the discus in 2015 with a winning throw of 131-5 at the state meet … Honored as the NJ.com Track & Field Athlete of the Year following her breakout junior season … Threw personal bests of 140-7 in the discus and 144-1 in the hammer during her prep career … Threw 48-8 in a bronze-medal-winning third-place finish in the shot put at the 2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals held at The Armory in New York … Added a 14th-place finish in the weight throw at the 2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals with a personal-best mark of 49-9 … Posted an indoor PR of 48-11 ¼ during her junior season in 2015 to rank No. 3 nationally among all classifications and No. 2 in the Class of 2016 … Captured the NJSIAA Group 1 indoor state title in 2015 with a winning throw of 47-0 ¼ at the state meet … First crowned a New Jersey state champion as a freshman in 2013 when she threw 41-2 to win the Group 1 state title during the outdoor season … Swept Group 1 state silver medals as a sophomore in 2014 with throws of 38-10 in the shot put and 120-3 in the discus at the state meet … Competed in the shot put at the New Jersey Meet of Champions both seasons while finishing fourth with a throw of 41-1 in 2013 and eighth with a mark of 40-4 ½ in 2014 … Also a two-year letterwinner on the basketball court at Whippany Park High School.
Full name is Nickolette Alyse Dunbar … Born on April 5, 1998 … Parents are Karl and Pamela Dunbar … Has one brother, Karmichael II, and one sister, Mickel … Father was a standout defensive lineman on the LSU football team from 1985-89 before playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals in the NFL … Father is currently the defensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills … Brother currently plays football at Louisiana-Lafayette … An outstanding student at Whippany Park High School while maintaining a 3.5 grade-point average … Plans to major in sports psychology at LSU.