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TARA ROONEY

Player profile

position
Distance
year
Junior
hometown
Vernon Hills, Ill.
high school
Vernon Hills

BIO

PERFORMANCE RESULTS

Building on last spring’s momentum, was a consistent top-seven performer for the cross country team in the fall…will be positioned to eclipse her 2016 outdoor PBs in both the 1500 and 5000…set to graduate after the spring.

2016-17

Cross Country: Raced in a career-high seven meets – more than her two previous seasons combined – and never finished outside the teams’ top seven…was a top-five scorer four times…was fourth for the Noles at the Covered Bridge Open to start the year (19:30.94)…5k PB 18:26.2 came at Notre Dame Invitational…finished the year as FSU’s No. 5 scorer over the final three meets, improving each week over the 6k distance…her fastest time came in finale at NCAA South Region at home in 21:37.3.

2015-16

Cross Country: Competed in three meets and demonstrated progress in each, capped by her 19:16.7 effort at the Crimson Classic…also ran at FSU Invitational and Mountain Dew Invitational. Indoor: did not compete. Outdoor: Took part in a career-high six meets, including the ACC Championships for the first time…posted personal-bests of 4:44.26 (1500) and 18:08.85 (5000).

2014-15

Cross Country: Lined up for the Mountain Dew Invitational, Charlotte Invitational and FSU Invitational in her first season with the program…season-best effort came on home course with a 20:42.7. Indoor: did not compete. Outdoor: competed in a pair of 1500 races, opening up at the UNF Twilight (5:00.01) and following up with a new PB at the Tom Jones Memorial (4:56.05), providing a springboard to the 2015-16 breakout.

Personal:

President of Chi Omega sorority at Florida State…Panhellenic Woman of the Year, 2015-16…member Garnet & Gold Key Honor Society…ACC Academic Honor Roll…Dean’s List, College of Education…winner of 12-sport athlete award as senior at Vernon Hills (Ill.) High, competing in cross country, track & field and cheerleading for four years…a three-time state finalist in the 4×800 relay in track…two-time cross country state qualifier…four-time cheer state finalist…inducted on Athletic Wall of Fame at Vernon Hills…majoring in sport management…born Jan. 30, 1995.