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 Tara Wilson
Tara Wilson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Granite Fall, N.C.

High School:
South Caldwell

Position:
Distance


05/11/2012

Pirates Sweep Hammer Titles At C-USA Outdoor Championships

Kim Kanala Captures First Career League Title

2010-11: Took fifth in the 10,000-meter run at the C-USA Outdoor Championships ... Was the squad's top performer in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter events ... Took third place at the Charlotte Invitational in the 5,000 ... Did not compete during the indoor season.

2009-10: Contributed in the mile and 3,000-meter run during the indoor season ... Captured second place in the 3,000 at the UNC Classic in the 3,000 with a time of 10:16.51 ... Was the team's top performer in the outdoor 3,000, running a 10:10.50 at the Quad Meet to earn third place ... Finished ninth at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:01.44 ... Ran in five cross country meets, coming in first on the squad in the final three of the season ... Named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team ... Selected as East Carolina's most valuable runner ... Paired with classmate Amanda Lapp to turn in a 36:21.9 time and second-place finish in the season-opening Campbell Invitational 4,800-meter relay ... Came in 14th out of 119 with a career-best 5K time of 18:37 at the Great American Cross Country Festival ... Paced the squad at the Penn State Nationals with the 18th-best 6K in school history of 22:44, good for 74th place ... Jumped 22 spots from 2008 finish at the Conference USA Championship to come in 23rd with a 19:23.3 time in the 5K ... Was the Pirates' top finisher at the NCAA Southeast Regional and placed 67th out of 237 with a career-best 22:17.43 time in the 6K ... That time was the 12th-best 6K in program history.

2008-09: Proved to be one of the most versatile athletes on the squad, participating in the 800, 1,500, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000-meter events ... Highlight of the outdoor season was at the C-USA Outdoor Championships where she took seventh in the 10,000-meters with a time of 37:48.31.

High School: Cross Country: Three-time state meet participant ... Regional champion as a senior ... Northwestern 4A fall Athlete-of-the-Year and Runner-of-the-Year ... Conference champion and Runner-of-the-Year as a junior and senior ... Team Most Valuable Runner all four years ... Track and Field: Conference Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Year and Caldwell County Track Athlete-of-the-Year as a junior ... Four-time team Most Valuable Track Athlete Outdoor and three-time Most Valuable Track Athlete indoor ... Three-time all-region selection.

Personal: Intended academic major is nursing ... Daughter of Teddy and Robin Wilson ... Full name is Tara Dawn Wilson ... Has one brother, Derek ... Earned N.C. Scholar, Caldwell County Scholar, Junior Marshall and Academic Excellence recognition in high school.