Spotlight: Arizona's Tara Chaplin
Career at Arizona:
2001 NCAA women's cross country champion and NCAA West Region champion... Led the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships during the 2001 cross country season... Named NCAA West Region Athlete of the Year by coaches of the West Region... Earned first team Pac-10 all-academic honors... Nominee for the 2001 cross country Honda Sports Award... Three-time track and field All-American... Two-time Pac-10 Champion... Became the second Arizona woman to win the Pac-10 title during the 2000 cross country season... Coasted to a win in 20:10.67 at Lincoln Park in Seattle, Wash... The Pac-10 women's individual champion has now come from Arizona five of the last six years, since Amy Skieresz won the title four times from 1995-98... Also won the titles at the Purdue Invitational (21:27.4) and Roy Griak Invitational (21:00)... Earned All-West Region honors with an eighth place finish (20:44) at the NCAA West Regional... Finished 45th (21:32.2) at the NCAA Championships... Academic All-Pac-10 second team... For the second straight season, Chaplin qualified for the 5,000m and 10,000m at the NCAA Championships in 2000... Finished 12th in both events at the meet in Durham, N.C... Also competed in the 10,000m at the Olympic Trials, finishing 22nd in 34:38.28... Ran the second-best 10,000m time in school history, 33:17.39, at the Mt. SAC Relays, which is also the No. 4 time in Pac-10 history... Qualified for the NCAA meet in the 5,000m with a time of 16:11.73 at the Cardinal Invitational... That time is No. 4 in UA history... Finished fifth and received All-America honors in the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships... Was fourth in both the 3,000m and 5,000m at the Pac-10 Championships... Second team Academic All-Pac-10... 2000 Mary P. Roby Academic Achievement Award Winner... Team's No. 1 runner during the 1999 Cross Country season... Won the first two races of the season - the Asics/UCI Invitational and the Aztec Invitational... Finished fifth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships (17:24.75)... Finished 33rd at the NCAA Championships (17:27.40)... With the absence of senior Amy Skieresz because of injury, Chaplin stepped up and became the Wildcats' No. 1 distance runner in 1999... Competed in four NCAA Championship events (indoor 3,000m and 5,000m and outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m)... Won the Pac-10 Conference title in the 5,000m, holding off Standord's Julia Stamps down the stretch to win in 16:35.98... Earned All-America recognition by finishing ninth in the 10,000m at the NCAA Championships (34:52.96)... Finished 15th in the 5,000m at the NCAA outdoor meet... Was the top freshman in the nation in both events... Her top 10,000m time of the year (34:35.11) No. 5 all-time at UA, came at the Mt. SAC Relays... Ran 16:18.81 at the Cardinal Invitational, also No. 5 all-time, her best outdoor 5,000m of the year... Named the MPSF Female Indoor Athlete of the Year after winning the 3,000m and the 5,000m at the MPSF meet in Reno, Nev... Earned the first All-America honors of her career by finishing 10th in the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor meet with a time of 16:25.25... Also finished 12th in the 3,000m at the Indoor Championships... Ran her best indoor 5,000m time of the year, 16:16.06, at the Cannon IV Classic in Indianapolis... 1998 Cross Country... Finished second in her first collegiate race, the Irvine Invitational, only eight seconds behind teammate Amy Skieresz... Second, behind Skieresz, at the Aztec Invitational, the Mountain West Classic and the NCAA Pre-Meet... Hampered by the cold weather, finished 12th at the Pac-10 Championships... 14th at the NCAA West Regional... Finished 85th, the Wildcats' No. 2 runner, at the NCAA Championships in Lawrence, Kan... Chaplin accomplished a first for an Arizona freshman in 1998-99 by competing in five NCAA Championship events her first year of competition... She not only ran at the NCAA Cross Country meet, but she also competed in two races at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
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