C-USA Champion Indoor Shot Put 2005-06 NCAA Regionals Shot Put 2003-04 Discus 2003-04 School Record Holder Indoor Weight 63-10.50 (19.47) Personal Bests Indoor Shot Put 58-03.25 (17.76) Weight 63-10.50 (19.47) Outdoor Shot Put 56-06.00 (17.22) Discus 174-02 (53.09) Hammer 162-06 (49.53)
2004-05: INDOOR-Became the Tigers most consistent performer in his first season at the U of M...Competed in both the shot put and weight throw in all six of the team's meets, leading the team in both events at each meet before claiming a first-place and a second-place finish at C-USA Championships...Recorded solid marks in both the shot and weight at the ASU Kickoff Klassic, winning the shot with a toss of 55-10.25" (17.02m) and placing second in the weight with a toss of 60-01.25" (18.32m)...Placed second in both the shot and weight at the SEMO Invitational, logging marks of 54-08.25" (16.67m) and 60-07.25" (18.47m) to earn C-USA Athlete of the Week honors...Set personal bests in the shot and weight at the C-USA Championships, taking the conference shot put title with a throw of 57-03.50" (17.46m) and placing second in the weight with a throw of 61-00.00" (18.59m)...OUTDOOR-Redshirted the outdoor season to allow for a full season of competition (both indoor and outdoor) in his senior year.
2003-04 (Miss. St.): OUTDOOR-Was the Bulldogs' top performer in the discus throughout the season and shot put for much of the year...Also competed in the hammer...Won the shot at the Alabama Relays with a toss of 16.14m...Hit regional qualifying marks in both the shot and discus at the Bulldog Invitational, setting a season-best and winning the shot with a throw of 56-06.00" (17.22m) and placing second in the discus with a mark of 169-02" (51.56m)...Also posted a season-best in the hammer at the Bulldog Invite with a throw of 160-10" (49.02m)... Placed 13th in the shot at SEC Championships 52-02.00" (15.90m)...Claimed eighth place finishes in the discus at SEC Championships (169-03"; 51.59m) and at the NCAA Mid-East Regional (172-10"; 52.68m).
2002-03 (Miss. St.): INDOOR-Led the MSU squad in the shot put and weight throw...Scored in every event in which he competed during the indoor season...Set a season-best mark in the shot put at the Tyson Invitational with a toss of 54-05.50" (16.60m), finishing fifth... Scored twice for the Bulldogs at SEC Championships, taking seventh in the weight throw with a season-high mark of 60-02.50" (18.35m) and eighth in the shot put with a toss of 54-06.00" (16.61m)...OUTDOOR-Led the Bulldogs in all three of his events...Set regional qualifying marks and season highs in the discus (174-02.50"; 53.09m) and shot put (54-04.00"; 16.56m) at the Texas Relays, finishing third and ninth, respectively...Posted a season best mark of 162-06" (49.53m) in the hammer at the Ole Miss Open, placing third...Led MSU at the SEC Quad meet in the hammer (156-02"; 47.60), discus (157-08.25"; 48.06m) and shot (51-03.00"; 15.62m), finishing first, second and fourth...Took eighth in the discus at SEC Championships with a throw of 165-05" (50.42m)...Finished 10th at the Mid-East Regional in the discus with a mark of 172-05" (52.55m).
2001-02 (Miss. St.): INDOOR- Recorded season-best throws in both the shot (51-08.00"; 15.75m) and weight (50'10.25"; 15.50m) at SEC Championships, finishing seventh and 15th, respectively...OUTDOOR-Led the team in the shot and discus, also throwing the hammer and javelin...Finished second in the shot at the Bulldog Invitational (49'10.50"; 15.20m)...Ranked fifth in the javelin at the Jace Lacoste Invitational with a throw of (145-01"; 44.22m), his best of the year...Placed seventh in the shot put (52-02.00"; 15.90m), eighth in the discus (163-02"; 49.73m) and 15th in the hammer (143-06"; 43.74m) at SEC Championships, with the discus and hammer tosses being his best of the season.
PREP: Attended Christian Brothers H.S...Lettered three years in track ...Named to the all-metro track team his junior and senior seasons...Won the 2A state discus championship his senior season with a then personal best throw of 150-00.00"...Placed third in the shot put at the state meet his senior year and second in the shot and discus his junior year... Also earned one letter in both football and wrestling and claimed a West Tennessee Regional title in wrestling...Coached by David Ligon, John Hearn and Justin Canale.
PERSONAL: Born in Memphis, Tenn., on April 29, 1983...Full name is John David Erickson Jr....Son of John and Linda Erickson...Father is a sales director and mother is a real-estate agent...Major is marketing management...His father, John, played football at the U of M.