3-TIME SEC CHAMPION
OUTLOOK ? Co-captain ... A leader by example, as she is a good student and works hard ... Leading the heptathlon crew and a fine jumper ... A returning All-American who also has high expectations at the conference and national level in the heptathlon ... Will contribute to the depth of USC?s jumps after exiting the year with a 19? 4 PR in the long jump ... Ran on USC?s collegiate record setting NCAA champion 4x400m relay indoors.
JUNIOR ?? Indoors, competed successfully in a variety of events ... Finished third in the 400m at the Armory Collegiate meet with a time of 55.73 ... At the SEC Quad she ran a 55.80 to win the same event ... Competed in the SEC Championship meet where she placed fifth in the 400m at 54.54 ... Also ran a leg of the 4x400m relay that won the SEC title ... At the NCAA Championships, finished sixth in the 400m with a personal best of 53.33 ... Ran the lead-off leg of the 4x400m relay that won the NCAA title, setting a collegiate record ... USC?s 4x400m relay ran the eighth fastest time ever indoors and was second only to Russia, who won the world title, in 2001 ... Texas Relays heptathlon champion ... Outdoors, took top six finishes seven times in a variety of events ... At Weems Baskin Sprint Relays, placed first in 400m hurdles ... Placed first in 400m hurdles and third in 100m hurdles at SEC Quad, running a time of 14.38 ... Placed second in 400m dash and sixth in long jump at El Paso with a jump of 19? 3 ... Won a leg of the 4x400m relay that won the Penn Relays title for the second straight year ... Placed first in 400m hurdles at SEC Championships, running a personal best time of 57.31... Also competed in the javelin ... Ran a leg of the winning 4x400m relay at the SEC Championships ... Finished third in the heptathlon at the SEC Championships ... Qualified for the heptathlon, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay at the NCAAs ... At the NCAA Championships was 11th in the heptathlon, garnering All-American honors ... Also ran a leg of the 4x400m relay that finished third.
SOPHOMORE ? Indoors, competed at the SEC Four-Way where she placed fifth in the 400m, seventh in the high jump and tenth in the long jump ... At the Five-Way Meet she finished first in the 400m with a time of 54.40 and sixth in the long jump ... She also competed in the SEC Championships where she ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay that finished as the runner-up ... Outdoors, competed at the SEC Four Way finishing third in the 400m hurdles and placing fourth in the high jump and long jump ... Competed at the National Team Championships in Austin, Texas ... Placed third with 5,381 points in the heptathlon at the SEC Championships ... Participated in the javelin and the shot put at the Georgia Tech Invitational ... Qualified for the heptathlon at the NCAA ... Also, was an alternate with the 4x400m relay at the NCAA Championship.
FRESHMAN ? Indoors, at the Clemson Invitational she placed fourth in the 300m, sporting a time of 40.06 ... At the ACC-SEC Challenge she captured sixth place in the 400m with a time of 56.48 ... At the SEC Championships, she ran a 55.43 in the 400m ... Outdoors, at the Miami Invitational, she ran the 400m hurdles in 60.04 , time was good enough for second ... At the Raleigh Relays, ran the 400m hurdles and finished second ... At the S.C. State Collegiate Championships she won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.42 and the long jump with a mark of 18? 6 ... Scored 5,192 points at prestigious Penn Relays to finish the two day event as the runner-up in her first collegiate heptathlon... Her score provisionally qualified her for the NCAA Championships ... Placed fifth at the SEC Championships in the heptathlon, scoring 5105 points ... Was an alternate at the NCAA Championships with the 4x400m relay, having helped the team qualify for NCAAs.
HIGH SCHOOL ? Won three state titles: the heptathlon, 400 and 300m hurdles ... Was named the Midtown Sertoma Female Student-Athlete of the Year her senior season and the runner-up Female Athlete of the Year ... Lettered in basketball, volleyball, and track ... Was a member of the National Honor Society ... Coached by Samuel Pettaway ... Lettered four years in track ... Eighth senior on the Track and Field News Prep list in the heptathlon.
PERSONAL ? Full name is Tacita Urissia Bass ... Lists scoring 5100 points in the heptathlon as her greatest athletic thrill ... Enjoys running, reading and watching the Discovery Channel in her spare time ... Guardian is Mary Bass ... Born on Oct. 23, 1979.
BASS' TOP MARKS/TIMES
High Jump..........5? 5" Heptathlon...........5,631 Points Shot Put............38? 7" Long Jump............19? 1/2" 400m................53.33 400m Hurdles........57.31