USF track star Tara Quinn finished her season and her career with the biggest and best performance of her career. Quinn came in second in the 10,000 meters and will earn All-American honors for her performance at the NCAA Track and Field Championships Wednesday.
“We’re thrilled. It was a real tactical race,” said coach Greg Thiel. “It was a nail biter with 1,200 meters to go.”
North Carolina State’s Kristin Price edged Quinn by 7.22 seconds to claim the title. Quinn finished the race with a time of 34:33.85, almost a minute slower than her qualifying time. At the 2001 National Championships, Quinn finished 14th with a time of 36:10.72.
Coming into the meet, Quinn was ranked third. The No. 1 seed finished in last place.
“You can’t put a handle on the emotions and everything that goes on in this meet. To come in, in the top three and finish in the top two is impressive,” said Thiel.
Quinn was unavailable for comment after her big race. According to Thiel, Quinn is very excited and that this was the most impressive moment of her life.
USF’s other NCAA participant, Jimmy Baxter, will compete in the high jump on Saturday.