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Tara Spitzer-Long
Position: Volunteer Coach (Pole Vault)
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
High School: New Haven
Major: Physical Therapy
Experience: 1st Year
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Tara Spitzer-Long
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 12/18/2009

2012-13: Will be a volunteer coach for the Ball State track & field program during the season ... will work primarily with the pole vaulters.

2011-12 (Jr.): Indoor - Cleared a season-best height of 8-6.25 (2.60m) in the pole vault at the Ball State Quadrangular (Feb. 17) ... placed third in the pole vault at the IPFW Invitational by successfully clearing 8-6 (2.59m) ... Outdoor - Tied her career-best effort by clearing 9-6.25 (2.90m) in the pole vault at the Jack Shaw Classic (May 4), which is the third-best individual performance in program history ... placed second in the pole vault in BSU's dual meet against Bowling Green (April 14) by clearing 9-2.5 (2.81M).

2010-11 (So.): Indoor - Had a season best jump in the pole vault at Indiana Wesleyan with a height of 8-03.05 ... Outdoor - Posted a season-best effort in the pole vault with a height of 8-00.

2009-10 (Fr.): Indoor - BSU's top performer in the pole vault with a height of 8-10.25 at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational ... Outdoor - BSU's top performer in the pole vault with a height of 9-06.25 at the Clark Wood/Lenny Lyles Invitational ... the effort was the third-best individual effort in the pole vault in program history.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner in track & field at New Haven ... owns the school record in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault ... was a team captain ... posted a personal-best outdoor vault of 10' ... also played soccer ... was the team captain her senior year.

PERSONAL: Daughter of Don Long and Sandi Spitzer ... full name is Tara Nicole Spitzer-Long ... has three brothers, Casey, Jacob and Collin ... born March 9, 1991, in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... majoring in physical therapy.