Tara Rohatinsky Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Tara Rohatinsky Athlete Profile

Tara Rohatinsky

Tara Rohatinsky
Position: Distance Height: 5-3 Roster Years: 1997-2000 Hometown: Provo, UT Hall of Fame: 2014

Tara Rohatinsky Northcutt enjoyed one of the most decorated running careers in BYU history while competing for the Cougar cross country and track teams from 1997-2002.

As a member of the cross country team, Northcutt helped lead BYU to national titles at the NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2001 and a second-place finish in 2000. She was a first-team All-American in each of those seasons with a 17th-place finish in 1999, an 18th-place finish in 2000 and a ninth-place finish in 2001. Before her breakout success at BYU, Northcutt was the third American finisher in the 1998 Junior World Cross Country Championships in Morocco.

In addition to her achievements in cross country, Northcutt enjoyed a successful career as a distance runner on the track as well. She claimed four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships and received four All-America citations. Northcutt’s defining moment on the track came in 2000, when she claimed the individual national title in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, one year after finishing second in the same event.

Northcutt’s accomplishments were not limited to the track. She was a Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete in 1997 and earned back-to-back Academic All-America honors in 1998 and 1999. After graduating from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in health education, Northcutt moved to San Diego and coached distance runners at Scripps Ranch High School for three seasons.

“Growing up in Provo I looked up to the great athletes here at BYU and wanted to be like them someday,” said Northcutt during her induction speech. “I want to thank my teammates who were not only my best friends, but also my fiercest competitors. I want to thank my parents for their love and support. I also want to thank coach Shane for his influence in my life. He coached us in running and he coached us in life.”


  • 1999 USTFCA 10,000 meters (Outdoor)
  • 1999 USTFCA 5,000 meters (Indoor)
  • 2000 USTFCA 10,000 meters (Outdoor)
  • 2002 USTFCA 5,000 meters (Indoor)


  • Majoring in social work

Before BYU

  • Member of National Honor Society, graduated with honors and a 3.97 GPA at Provo High
  • Set mile record at the Simplot Indoor Games in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Her 4x800m team, which included another BYU freshman, Sarah Gardner, set meet record at Simplot Games
  • Two-mile winner (10:35) at Golden West Meet at Sacramento, California
  • Won state in two-mile two years in a row
  • Won the two-mile at the Arcadia Invitational in Arcadia, California
  • Led team to state sprint medley championship
  • Team captain for last two years
  • Army scholar-athlete of the year

1997 | Redshirt Year

redshirted the cross country season... Cougar Club Scholar-Athlete..

1998 | Freshman Year

5k at the 1998 USATF Jr. National Championship with a personal best of 16:42.0... was the third American placer in the 1998 Jr. World Cross Country Championships in Morocco...third in the WAC outdoor 5000m in 17:12.53...started the cross country season with a sixth-place finish at the Mountain West Classic...ran a season-best 17:08 5K to finish in 10th at the Stanford Invitational...fifth-place finish at the BYU Autumn Classic and 10th-place at the WAC Championships...wrapped up the season by taking 12th place at the NCAA District meet...

1999 | Sophomore Year

WAC champion and meet record-setter in the indoor 5000m in 17:09.03...finished 10th in the NCAA Indoor Championships in 16:27.71...NCAA automatic qualifier in the outdoor 5000 and 10000m...held team-best time in the 5000m (16:12.12)... team's high point-scorer at the NCAA Championships, finishing second in the 10000m (34:04)...seventh in the 10000m at the World University Games in Malliorca, Spain...became a cross country All-American with a 17th-place finish at the NCAA finals...fifth at the district meet in a season-best 17:07..third at the MWC championships and was named 1st team All-MWC and academic All-MWC.