THIS YEAR: Freshman Tanya Sapa comes to USC as one of the top high school shot putters in the country.
HIGH SCHOOL: Sapa graduated in 2013 from La Sierra High in Riverside, Calif. and is widely regarded as one of the top high school shot putters in the country, posting the fourth-farthest throw in 2013. Sheplaced second with PRs in both the shot put of 50-0.25 and the discus throw with a mark of 151-2 at the 2013 CIF State Championship on June 1. Sapa went on to take fourth in the California State Hammer Championships with a throw of 141-5 on June 15. Sapa was named the 2012 Co-Riverside Country Athlete of the Year as she broke her own Riverside County record in the shot put with a throw of 47-10.25 and finished the season with a best of 47-10.75 at the Mt. SAC Relays. The previous record had stood for 28 years. Sapa placed second at the 2012 state meet with a mark of 47-1.75 and had bests in the discus of 149-6 and 51-8 in the weight throw.
PERSONAL: Tanya was born on June 13, 1995 in Riverside, Calif...Her parents are Saline and Tagi and she has two siblings, Julia and Letuu...She enjoys reading in her free time...Her favorite musicians are Justin Timberlake, Lana Del Rey and Young the Giant...She enjoys Mexican food...She has not yet declared a major at USC.