Event: 400m Hurdles
PR: 400mH - 55.22 (2012)
Current Residence: Baton Rouge, La.
Hometown: Hammond, La.
High School: Loranger H.S. '08
College: LSU '12
Coach: Dennis Shaver
Agent: Wenston Riley
2012 NACAC U23 gold medalist - 400mH (55.62), 4x400m (3:28.64)
2012 NCAA Outdoor Champion – 400mH (55.22)
Two-time NCAA Outdoor 4x400m medalist – 2012 (2nd, 3:28.01); 2010 (3rd , 3:30.61)
Three-time NCAA Indoor 4x400m medalist – 2012 (1st, 3:31.89); 2011 (3rd, 3:30.37); 2010 (2nd, 3:33.79)
Tate didn't try the 400m hurdles until midway through her sophomore season, but she picked up the event quickly and won the event at the SEC Championships in a matter of months. By her senior year she established herself as one of the best long hurdlers in the U.S. with an NCAA title, 5th place Olympic Trials performance and donned the Team USA jersey for the first time as she picked up a NACAC U-23 title. Tate also helped LSU to five NCAA Championships podium finishes as a member of the 4x400m relay team.
2012: 1st at NACAC U23 400mH (55.62), 4x400m (3:28.64); 5th at Olympic Trials 400mH (55.36); 1st at NCAA Outdoors 400mH (55.22), 2nd in 4x400m (3:28.01); 2nd at SEC Outdoors 400mH (56.82), 1st in 4x400m (3:29.25); 1st at NCAA Indoors 4x400m (3:31.89), 2nd in heat of 400m (54.08); 4th at SEC Indoors 400m (53.16), 1st in 4x400m (3:34.02)
2011: 5th at NCAA Outdoors 400mH (56.04); 2nd at SEC Outdoors 400mH (56.03), 3rd in 4x400m (3:35.15); 3rd at NCAA Indoors 4x400m (3:30.37), 3rd in heat of 400m (53.31); 3rd at SEC Indoors 400m (53.27), 2nd in 4x400m (3:33.21)
2010: 3rd at NCAA Outdoors 4x400m (3:30.61), 4th in heat of 400m H (58.12); 1st at SEC Outdoors 400mH (57.12); 2nd in 4x400m (3:32.84); 2nd in NCAA Indoors 4x400m (3:33.79); 2nd in heat of 200m (23.61)
2009: 5th at SEC Indoors 200m (24.04)
2008: 1st at Louisiana 3A State Championships 100m (11.79), 200m (24.21), 2nd in 100mH (14.21)
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - 400m, 53.13 (No. 15 in the USA); Outdoor bests - 400mH, 55.22 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 22 in the world, ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests - 400m, 53.27 (No. 3 in the USA); Outdoor bests - 400mH, 55.99 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 38 in the world)
2010: Outdoor bests - 400mH, 56.87 (No. 19 in the USA)