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Tara Northcutt Athlete Profile

Tara Northcutt

Tara Northcutt
Position: Distance Height: 5-3 Roster Years: 1998-2002 Hometown: Provo, UT


  • Born in Provo, Utah
  • Parents are Ray and Sylvia Rohatinsky
  • Married to Paul Northcutt

Before BYU

  • Set the mile record at the Simplot Indoor Games in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Her 4x800m team, which included fellow BYU harrier Sarah Gardiner, set the meet record at Simplot Games
  • Two-mile winner (10:35) at the Golden West Meet in Sacramento, California
  • Captured Utah state title in two-mile two years in a row
  • Won the two-mile at the Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, California
  • Led sprint medley team to state title
  • Team captain for her last two years
  • Army Scholar-Athlete of the Year

1998 | Redshirt Year


T&F: Placed third in the WAC outdoor 5000m in 17:12.53. . . won the 5000m at the USATF Junior National Championships in 16:42.0.

CC: third American finisher in the 1998 Jr. World Cross Country Championships in Morocco. . . started the season with a sixth-place finish at the Mountain West Classic. . . ran a season-best 17:08 to finish 10th at the Stanford Invitational. . . raced to a fifth-place finish at the BYU Autumn Classic and a 10th-place finish at the WAC Championships. . . wrapped up the season by taking 12th place at the NCAA District meet.

1999 | Freshman Year


T&F: WAC champion and meet record-setter in the indoor 5000m with a time of 17:09.03. . . finished 10th in the 5000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 16:27.71. . . NCAA automatic qualifier in the outdoor 5000m and 10,000m. . . recorded a personal best time of 16:12.12 in the 5000m at the Stanford Invitational. . . was the team's high point-scorer at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing second in the 10,000m (34:04). . . seventh in the 10,000m at the World University Games in Mallorca, Spain.

CC: selected to the All-MWC first team after a third-place finish at the MWC Championships. . . finished fifth at the Mountain Regional meet in a season-best 17:07. . . earned All-America honors with a 1seventh-place finish at the NCAA finals.

2000 | Sophomore Year


T&F: started the outdoor season by running a provisional-qualifying time of 16:15.67 in the 5000m at the Stanford Invitational. . . set a personal record in the 10,000m and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with a 33:40.06 at the Mt. SAC Relays. . . won the 5000m at the Mountain West Conference Championships in 16:39.55. . . finished 13th in the 5000m at the NCAA Championships in 16:46.68. . . earned All-American honors by winning the 10,000m at the NCAAs in a time of 33:49.24.

CC: ran first race of the season at the Pre-National Invitational, covering the 6K course in 22:46. . . selected to the All-MWC first team after a third-place finish at the MWC Championships with a season-best 21:12 on the 6K course. . . named to Academic All-MWC team. . . finished 13th at the Mountain Regional in 21:41. . . earned All-America honors with an 1eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

2001 | Junior Year


T&F: took third in the indoor 5000m at the Minnesota Classic. . . earned All-MWC honors with a second-place finish in the 5000m at the MWC Indoor Championships. . . ran an automatic-qualifying time of 33:27.59 in the 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational. . . took second and ran a provisional-qualifying time of 16:40.99 in the 5000m at MWC Outdoor Championships. . . Cougar Club Scholar Athlete.

CC: ran a 16:56.3 to win the Great American Cross Country Festival, her first race of the year. . . finished fifth at the Pre-National Invitational with a time of 20:57. . . won the Mountain West Conference Championships, completing the 6K course in 21:00. . . was named Mountain West Conference Runner of the Year and First Team All-MWC. . . second-place finish at the Mountain Regional with a time of 21:21. . . ran a season-best 20:42 at the NCAA Championships to finish ninth and earn All-America honors.