Joan Tangwar
Joan Tangwar
Height: 5-2
Year: Senior
Hometown: Eldoret, Kenya
Position: Distance
Major: Biology
Last School: St. Joseph's Girls

2011 Outdoor: Set two individual Upstate records in the 1,500-meter and the 3,000-meter … Posted a time of 2:17.48 in the 800-meter March 19 at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a time of 4:36.54 in the 1,500-meter at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala., April 2 … Topped the school history books with Ashley Edmond, Jemeli Sang and Carolyne Chelulei, posting a 4:13.22 mark in the 4x400-meter at the Furman Invitational in Greenville, S.C., April 9 … Crossed the 5,000-meter finish line in 17:43.71 March 25 at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. 

2011 Indoor: Posted a career-best time in the 3,000-meter with a 10:23.03 mark at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships in Johnson City, Tenn., Feb. 18 … Recorded a time of 17:49.97 in the 5,000-meter at the A-Sun Championships Feb. 19 … Teamed with Lauren Walker, Kathryn Neely and Ashley Edmond in the 4x400-meter to register a time of 4:18.77.

2010 XC: Named to the All-Atlantic Sun First Team, after finishing fifth at the A-Sun Championship Oct. 30 with a time of 17:56.47 … Topped the Spartan record books, posting a time of 17:25.36 at the Greater Louisville Classic Oct. 2 to finish the race 13th … Recorded two first-place finishes with times of 17:34.56 at the Upstate Invitational Oct. 16 and 18:02 at the Eye Opener Sept. 5 … Claimed second at the Clemson meet Sept. 17, crossing the line at the 17:38.14 mark.

2010 Indoor: Registered a 2:19.71 on 2/27 for a season best time for the Spartans in the 800m … Also competed in the mile event with a 5:25.72 on 2/12.

2010 Outdoor: Redshirted the outdoor season. 

2009 XC: Was the third Spartan to cross the finish line at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) ... Finished 27th with a time of 19:07 ... Set a personal-best time of 18:22.80 at the Charlotte Invitational (10/2) ... Placed 12th at the Eye Opener (9/5) with a time of 19:08 ... Teamed with Carolyne Chelulei to win the Wofford Relays (9/1) ... Finished seventh at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) with a time of 19:07.63.

2009 Outdoor: Finished third in the 1,500 meters and fourth in the 800 meters at the A-Sun Championships and also competed in the 5,000 meters (5/15), posting a school record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:38.02 ... Also posted a career-best time in the 800 meters with a finish in 2:18.60 (5/15) ... Earned the fifth-place spot in the 1,500 meters (4:47.74) and finished eighth in the 800 meters (2:22.03) at the Furman Invitational (4/11) ... Posted her best time in the 5,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 17:33.86 (4/23) ... Helped the women post a school record in the 1,600-meter relay at the Wofford Dual Meet, finishing in 4:14.37 (4/17) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

2008-09 Indoor: Competed in the 800-meters, mile run and 3,000-meter run at the A-Sun Championships (2/20), finishing seventh in the 800 meters (2:21.68), ninth in the 3,000 meters (10:44.43) and tenth in the mile run (5:16.55) ... Earned personal-best times in the 800 meters and mile run at the meet ... Also competed in the 800-meter and mile runs at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) and ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Finished ninth of 58 competitors in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:35.72 at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ...Finished eighth in the 800-meter run at the UNC Classic with a time of 2:25.05, her second-best time of the season (1/24).

2008 XC: Finished fourth for the Spartans and 46th-overall at the A-Sun Championships with a season-best time of 20:02 ... Battled a foot injury throughout part of the season, but was a consistent top-five finisher for the women ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

Before USC Upstate: Attended St. Joseph's Girls' High School in Kenya ... Participated in track & field, field hockey and soccer ... Was a provincial level runner, a district-level field hockey player and a zonal-level soccer player.

Personal: Daughter of the late Joseph and Magdalyne Tangwar ... Majoring in biology ... Has three brothers, Richard, Dan and Geoffry, and five sisters, Eunice, Ruth, Loia, Emily and Milka ... Sister, Emily, graduated from Upstate in 2010 and was a member of the Spartans' cross country and track and field teams ... Favorite book is Think Big ... Favorite food is ugali (corn meal) ... Favorite movie is "In My Country" ... Favorite sports figure is Kenyan runner Sally Kipyego ... Dream job is to be an agricultural engineer ... Favorite quote is "to achieve you must believe".