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Tara Davis

Tara DavisTara Davis, born on May 20th, 1999, in Agoura Hills, California is an American track and field athlete. She is the American junior record holder in the indoor long jump.

She broke the record February 11, 2017 at the Dumanis Sports Group Prep Classic in Frisco, Texas, jumping 6.68 meters or 21 feet 10+3⁄4 in.

Davis is also a hurdler. She qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics by Jumping 7.04 meters to place second at the Olympic Trials.

Running for Agoura High School, she won three events at the CIF California State Meet. Her win in the 100 meters hurdles in 12.83 beat the National high school record, but it was aided by a +3.7 mps wind.

Her mark is the best under all conditions in history. She also set the state record in the long jump. Her 22 ft 1 in (6.73 m) beat the 24-year-old record by disgraced Olympian Marion Jones, who at the time jumped for Thousand Oaks High School.

Tara DavisA few weeks earlier, she had run the hurdles in 12.89 at the Ventura County meet. It was the second fastest wind legal race in history. She was selected Ventura County Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

After graduating high school, she attended the University of Georgia where she was coached by Petros Kyprianou.

As a University of Georgia student athlete, Tara Davis broke Klaudia Siciarz's world under-20 record in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.98 seconds, during the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

In the same meet, she came 3rd in the long jump, completing a University of Georgia sweep. She finished behind Keturah Orji and Kate Hall.

After a season at Georgia, she transferred to the University of Texas. She did not get to compete until the 2019–2020 track season, because of transfer rules. She went on to appeal her old coach’s decision to hold her from being released from the team.

In 2021, she jumped 7.14 meters at the Texas Relays in Austin to set the collegiate record. The jump placed her in the top 30 of all time.

Tara DavisDuring the 2017-18 season when she was a Freshman at Georgia in outdoor events she built off her breakout indoors performance with nationally qualifying in two events - the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles.

She captured a fifth place finish and first team All-American honors in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a leap of 21 feet, 3 ¼ inches.

Along with a 14th-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with her fastest wind-legal time of the season at 13.09 - she also took home first place in the Long Jump at the NCAA East Prelims despite nasty conditions with a winning jump of 21 feet and ¾ inches.

Tara also sped to a fourth place finish in the hurdles at the NCAA East Prelimenaries with a time of 13.16, registered the NCAA East Region No. 4 and No. 12 qualifying marks in the Long Jump and 100meter Hurdles, respectively.

She opened the season with her first outdoor event win and a season-best time of 13.04 in the 100meter Hurdles at the Texas Relays to move to No. 2 in program history behind Kendell Williams.

At the Mt. SAC Relays, she took home an event win in the long jump by matching her season-best leap of 21 feet, 9 inches from the Spec Towns Invitational, in addition to helping the 4x100 meter relay team improve to No. 2 in program history at 43.90, as well as placing seventh in the hurdles.

Tara DavisThis was a performance for which she was named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Davis missed the 100-meter hurdles finals at the SEC Outdoor Championships by a hundredth of a second, clocking a 13.21 towards a ninth place finish.

Competing at indoor events she burst onto the scene as the SEC Indoor Co-Freshman Field Athlete of the Year, garnering a top 35 spot nationally in three different events - the 60meter hurdles, long jump and the triple jump and moved onto two school all-time top 10 lists (60meter hurdles and the long jump).

She scored in two events at the NCAA Indoor Championships (60meter hurdles and the long jump), earning All-American honors with a third-place finish and personal record leap of 21 feet, 4 inches in the long jump as a part of Georgia’s historic 1-2-3 sweep in the event.

She sped to new school and world junior records in the 60meter hurdles with a 7.98 time and a second-place finish in the preliminaries, and finished sixth in the finals to become the first All-American in the event in program history.

She joins Kate Hall as one of the first two women in program history to reach the finals of a track event and a field event at NCAA Indoors.

Tara DavisShe earned a No. 6 NCAA qualifying mark in the 60meter hurdles at 8.03 and the No. 7 qualifying mark in the long jump with a distance of 21 feet 2.75 inches.

Scored in two events at the SEC Indoor Championships, running an amazing 8.03 time - which tied Kendell Williams’ run at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships in order to take first in the 60meter hurdles preliminaries.

She also leaped to a fifth-place finish in the long jump to earn All-SEC freshman team honors in the event. She also finished fifth in the 60meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.13.

Named SEC Female Freshman of the Week for her performance at the Razorback Invitational, at which she soared to a 21-1.25 mark in the long jump.

Earned the No. 35 triple jump spot nationally at the Clemson Invitational and debuted her Georgia career with third-place finishes in the 60meter hurdles and the long jump at the Orange & Purple Invitational.

While she had been still in highschool Davis set the indoor American Junior and the National High School long jump record in 2017 with a mark of 21 feet, 11 inches. She also became the 100-meter hurdle outdoor high school record holder with a time of 13.01.

Tara DavisShe was the California state record holder in the 100meter hurdles at 12.95, the 60meter hurdles at 8.14, the indoor long jump at 21'-11" and the outdoor long jump at 22'-1".

2017 MaxPreps Female High School Athlete of the Year…Won the 60m hurdles (8.14) and long jump (21-2.75)

2017 New Balance Indoors…Finished with top honors in the 100m hurdles after clocking a 13.01 at 2017 Junior Nationals and also won the long jump…

Captured 2017 titles in both the long jump (21-4.25) and 100m hurdles (13.42) at the 2017 Pan-American U-20 Championships

She was second at the 2016 New Balance Indoors in the long jump, won the 2015 World Youth title in the long jump, recorded victories in the 100meter hurdles, the long jump and the triple jump at the 2017 California state high school championships

She was a qualifier for the state championship all four years with personal-best marks of 22-3 (long jump), 43-4 (triple jump) and 12.83 (100m hurdles).

Tara DavisShe set six of Agoura’s highschool records by opening her career with setting school records in three events

Tara also was a cheerleader at Agoura High School where the Charger squad has captured 14 national championships.

Tara Davis is the first Texas Longhorn to be named USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week twice in one season.

After a standout performance at the Texas Invitational at Mike A. Myers Stadium, Texas sprinter and jumper Tara Davis was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week.

It marked the second time in one season that Davis has earned the honor, making her the first Longhorn to be named Athlete of the Week twice during in the same outdoor season.

Davis won the long jump, leaping 6.97 meters (22 feet, 10-1/2 inches). It was the second-longest jump of her career and the second time this spring that she has approached the 23-foot mark - she also jumped 22-9 March 12 at the NCAA Championships.

The mark also tied former UCLA standout Jackie Joyner-Kersee for second-best all-time in NCAA history. Davis also holds the NCAA's top mark, after she jumped 23 feet, 5-1/4 inches March 15 at the Texas Relays.

Tara DavisIn the 100-meter hurdles, Davis finished first among collegiate runners and second overall in 12.75 seconds, climbing to ninth this year on the world leaderboard in wind-legal times.

She also now ranks fourth in program history in the event and has the second-fastest time in the nation this year, just .02 behind UCF's Rayniah Jones.

The Texas women are currently ranked No. 4 in the nation by the USTFCCCA, featuring 26 NCAA Regional-qualifying marks.

Soon University of Texas long jumper Tara Davis will be walking across the stage to get her diploma - but first, she's going to Tokyo to compete in the Summer Olympics, alongside her boyfriend, two-time Paralympic medalist Hunter Woodhall.

Davis soared through the Olympic Trials, coming in second to her idol, Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese. "I've literally been watching [Reese] since I was young - since I started track when I was 4 years old," Davis said in an interview after qualifying for Tokyo.

She added that she has been starstruck throughout the Trials: "I've only seen [Reese] on TV, but now I'm jumping with her - that's insane!" Davis's second place jump of 23 feet, 1.25 inches was 3.5 inches behind Reese's first place finish.

Tara DavisThe first-time Olympian has been turning heads at the collegiate level for a while now.

Davis is the NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump champion and collegiate indoor and outdoor record holder. She is the only woman in UT's history to clear 22 feet in the long jump.

Davis has jumped more than 23 feet three times this year alone and currently holds the record for the school's top 13 outdoor long jumps. Now, she's the first Longhorn in her sport to earn a spot on Team USA.

"I can't put into words how I'm feeling right now, there just are so many emotions,"

"I say it all the time, I didn't think I was going to be here. I was going through so much I just didn't ever think I was going to be at the Olympic Trials."

"But, here I am and I am so grateful for the opportunity, and I am taking advantage of it. Once I got into the finals, I was not going out, I was not going miss out on making the team. So here I am, and I'm an Olympian! I couldn't be happier!"

Who could possibly not love this girl. In the vast majority of her photographs she always has this incredibly beautiful smile on her face. She is the poster girl for when huge talent is combined with a great positive outlook.

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