Tara Wilson
Tara Wilson


Granite Falls, N.C.

High School:
South Caldwell


Women's Cross Country Team Tabbed Scholar Squad

Team Holds A Cumulative GPA Of 3.32


Women Finish Program-Best 11th At NCAA Southeast Regional

Senior Brittany Copeland Sets Program 6K Record


Women Claim Fourth, Men Seventh At C-USA Championship

Senior Brittany Copeland Sets Program 5K Record


Pirates Set For Conference USA Championship

East Carolina Looks To Strong Senior Class To Lead The Way


Women's Cross Country Earns Third-Place Finish

Senior Brittany Copeland Sets Program 6K Record

2011: Earned a trio of top-10 finishes and placed 25th or higher at every meet prior to the NCAA Southeast Regional ... Owns three of the top eight 5K times and a pair of the program's top 10 6K performances ... Named to the All-Conference USA Second Team following third-team honors as a junior ... Did not run in the Covered Bridge Open, but placed eighth at the 5K Wolfpack Invitational with a time of 17:44.9 in season debut ... Came in third at the 5K ECU Pirate Invitational with a mark of 18:05.34 .... Paced the Pirates at the Greater Louisville Classic, finishing 23rd with a time of 17:37.49 in the 5K, good for the eighth-best mark in program history ... Claimed 25th place at the Panorama Farms Invitational, completing the 6K in 22:38.69 ... Placed 10th at the C-USA Championship with a 5K time of 17:34.6, the sixth fastest in the ECU record book ... Ran the ninth-best 6K in program history at the NCAA Southeast Regional, clocking in at 21:51.5 to place 61st.

2010: Battled with Brittany Copeland all season for the team's top spot ... Earned All- Conference USA Third Team honors, turning in three top-10 East Carolina times and finishing in the top 55 in every race of the season ... Completed the 5K Covered Bridge Open in 18:29.95 to claim 11th place ... Came in 12th at the Wolfpack Invitational with a time of 18:12.4 ... Had highest placement of career at the 5K ECU Pirate Invitational, checking in second (18:24.28) and helping the women take home the title ... At the Greater Louisville Classic, finished in 17:56.60, good for 45th out of 302 competitors ... In season's first 6K race, checked in 15th at the Panorama Farms Invitational with the 11th-fastest time in program history, 22:06.28 ... Came in 16th at the C-USA meet with a career-best 17:33 5K ... Mark was also the third-fastest in ECU history and earned her the first C-USA honor of career ... Finished the season pacing the Pirates at the NCAA Southeast Regional with a personal-fastest, and program seventh-best, 21:40.3 6K, good for 54th place out of 253 runners.

2009: Ran in five meets, coming in first on the squad in the final three of the season ... Named to the C-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 then career-best 5K time of 18:37 at the Great American Cross Country Festival ... Paced the squad at the Penn State Nationals with a 22:44 6K, 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, placing 67th out of 237 with 22:17.43 time in the 6K.

2008: Named team's top freshman after running in four of the squad's six races, recording two top-20 finishes ... Best 5K time of 18:58 (10th place) came at the ECU Pirate Invitational ... Time of 19:57 at the 5K N.C. State Wolfpack Invitational was good for 16th place ... Finished 45th at the C-USA Championship, clocking in at 19:20 in the 5K ... Checked in 82nd at the NCAA Regional with a 6K time of 22:47.3.

High School: Cross Country: Three-time state meet participant ... Regional champion as a senior ... Northwestern 3A/4A Conference 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: Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Year and Caldwell County Track Athlete-of-the-Year as a junior ... Four-time team most valuable outdoor track athlete and three-time most valuable indoor track athlete ... Three-time all-region selection.

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

Career-Best Times

Distance Time Race (Date)
5K 17:33 Conference USA Championship (Nov. 1, 2010)
6K 21:40.3 NCAA Southeast Regional (Nov. 13, 2010)