2005: Competed in four of the six races as a junior for the Pirates ... Did not compete in the North Carolina Invite or the NCAA Southeast Regional ... Finished in 14th place with a time of 26:57:44 at the McAlister Deli Invite ... 37th place at the Conference USA championship (26:55:86).
2004: Competed in five of seven scheduled events for the Pirates ... Best time in an 8K event came at the N.C. Intercollegiate Championships (26:33) ... Best finish (37th) occurred at the Great American Cross Country Festival, recording a time of 27:25 ... Appeared just once in indoor track, before suffering an injury ... Recorded a 10th place finish in the 5,000-meter at the Virginia Tech Outdoor Invitational (15:57.64) ... Finished 16th at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in his hometown of Houston, TX, (34:07.83) ... Registered an 18th place finish at the Sea Ray Relays with a career-best time of 33:34.15.
2003: Did not participate in any events during the season.
High School: Earned three cross country varsity letters ... Achieved three varsity letters in track and field ... Helped cross country team to three district championships ... Served cross country team captain as a senior ... Earned cross country team MVP honors as a junior and named Most Inspirational Runner as a sophomore and senior ... Acted as captain of the track and field team as a junior and senior ... Holds school records in the three-mile (15:45), 5K (15:50), and 3200-meter (9:45) ... Graduated Cum Laude.
Personal: Academic major is political science ... Son of Robert and Rhonda Tausend ... Has one brother (William).