THIS YEAR: Sophomore Tanya Sapa is coming off a very successful first season at Troy in the shot put and hammer throw, scoring in both at the Pac-12 Championships.
2014: Sapa moved into USC's all-time top 10 list in the shot put in her third collegiate meet with a throw of 47-11 (14.60) in placing third at the Trojan Invitational on March 22. She moved into eighth place on USC's all-time top 10 in the shot put with a winning mark of 49-9 (15.16m) at the Florida Relays on April 5. She won the shot put competition at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on May 4 with a mark of 48-4 (14.73). Sapa placed seventh in the shot put at the Pac-12 Championships on May 17 with a college PR of 49-11.25 (15.22m) to move into seventh on USC's top 10 list. She had a best shot put of 48-11.75 (14.93m) to place 26th at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. She developed quickly in the hammer throw, improving nearly 20 feet during the season, culminating with a throw of 182-11 (55.76m) to place eighth at the Pac-12 Championships on May 18.
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.