It's track time for the Albany State "Running Rams". ASU hosts the Alice Coachman Invitational Saturday, but the early focus for the ASU team has been with the field events.
Only five meets in to her college career, freshman CreeAnn Perkins is throwing the discus and shot put with the best in the nation. Perkins has placed first in both events three times netting SIAC Athlete of the Week awards in the process.
At the Morehouse Relays, Perkins earned a seventh place national ranking for a discus throw of 43.57m. Whether Perkins was expecting it or not, success has come quickly for the Golden Ram freshman.
"I thought I would have to work harder to get it and it kind of came a little bit easier," Perkins said. "I was just like "whoa, I'm getting all of thisâ|I'm getting first and breaking records."
Perkins' teammates are starting to take notice, but it's not all about her performance on the field.
"She's such a jokester but when it comes to training and work...she'll do it with a smile, she'll do it with a joke. When she's getting ready to throwâ|that second between revving her arm back and throwing it out...it's all business," teammate Untayous Benson said.
Like Perkins, Untayous Benson turned heads at last weekend's Florida State relays. Benson claimed a fourth place national ranking in the 200m for a time of 21.26.