Erich Sullins’ career at the University of Arkansas had very humble beginning. But now, in his senior season, he’s at the top of his game.
The Texas native says his first love was football. But in high school, he began weight throwing.
“Kind of a hefty kid growing up,” says Sullins. “So coaches kind of said ‘hey those of you that don’t want to run a 400 come on over here we’re going to throw heavy things.'”
As it turns out, he’s very good at it. So Erich decided to put football aside, and focus on track and field.
“Knowing anything about track and field you obviously know that Arkansas’ got a history of some great teams. Back through the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s.”
His older brother, Crawford, was a student-athelte at Arkansas during that time which also sparked his interest in their program. Sullins says his brother always spoke very highly of the University and its supportive fan base. But becoming a Razorback wasn’t easy.
“I shot an email to the coaches on a whim,” says Sullins. “Thinking why not?”
Sullins was persistent and eventually took an official visit to The Hill the summer before his freshman year of college. He quickly decided to become a Hog and has since set a number of records.
He is current the 14th ranked weight thrower in the nation. At Arkansas, Sullins now holds the program record for weight and hammer throw. But his career definitely had it’s ups and downs.
“It has been a work in progress,” says Sullins. “I came here just glad I made the roster. With throwing it takes a lot of time to develop technique and get strong enough and big enough to keep up with the big guys that come over from Finland and Denmark and such.”
Now in his red-shirt senior season, Sullins’ is at the top of his game. However, he says there’s one thing he wants to accomplish in his final year at a Razorback.
“To score at SEC’s and qualify for the National Championships,” says Sullins.
“I don’t think a weight thrower has ever done that at the University of Arkansas and that would be pretty darn cool to leave here with that stamp on my resume.”
Beyond that, Sullins hope that his accomplishments will help put Arkansas’ throws program on the map and bring other talented athletes to The Hill.
“I want people to think of the University of Arkansas as a throws program. We’ve always had a history of jumps, distances great sprints. But no ones ever thought of Arkansas as a throws schools. And I want to leave this year knowing that I’ve done the best that I could to develop a reputation for Arkansas as a great throws program.”