Tara enters the season after redshirting last year due to a reoccurring back injury from high school. As a freshman, Tara competed in five meets, including the NCAA Southeast Regional where she finished fifth for the Gamecocks. Tae improved her 5K PR from 20:30 to 19:00 before her back injury slowed her. In 2010 Tara is finally healthy. She has been able to log consistent training weeks of 50 and 60 miles pain-free. She and Coach Rosenthal are very excited about her comeback.
Tae participates in community service as a volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic and a local elementary school. Last summer she received a Magellan Research Scholarship to study the diets of South African women while living in a township for four weeks. Tara found the experience immensely rewarding and inspiring. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Tara's hobbies include hiking and playing frisbee.
Her experience in high school played a role in her success as a freshman. She lettered in cross country all four years. Her team earned the title of AAA TSSAA State Runner-Up in 2006.
Tara was born on Jan. 1, 1989, to Thomburgh and Tanai Tae.