UCSD Cross Country BIO
 Tanner Collins

All-West Region for his 14th place finish at NCAA West Regionals ... All-CCAA for his 10th place performance at the conference championships ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual, running the 10-kilometer course in 32:12.2 ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (11/10).

All-West Region ... Ran in all six races and scored in five of them ... Finished 17th overall as the No. 2 scorer at the West Regionals with a time of 32:29.7 ... Finished 24th and Triton's No. 5 scorer at the CCAA Championships (25:56.6) ... Led the Tritons with a 24th finish at the Roy Griak Invitational (26:10.5) ... Had highest finish at the UCSD Opener with a time of 22:05.3 for a 5th place finish and Triton's No. 4 scorer.

Contended in all six races for UC San Diego … Was the first of two displacers for the Tritons at the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships in Kahuku, Hawaii, where he finished the 10k race in 90th place overall with a time of 35:29.68 … Finished first among Tritons at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships, taking the final slot of the All-CCAA Team in 15th place with a time of 26:16.2 … Won the 20th Annual Triton Invitational in dominant fashion, leading the race from beginning to end to clock in at 26:15 and earned the CCAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week award by virtue of his performance (Week of 10/1-10/7) … Cracked the top 25 of the highly-competitive adidas/UC Irvine Invitational, crossing the finish line with 26:06.2 showing on the clock as UCSD’s fourth finisher … Placed fourth overall and second for the Tritons at the Lancer Invitational (25:35) ... Recipient of a First Team Academic Momentum Award from Scholar-Baller and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports for his academic improvement ... Recognized as both the team's Co-Racer of the Year and the team's Most Improved.

Ran in four events during freshman year ... Was the Tritons' top runner in 67th Annual SDSU Aztec Invitational, placing ninth with a time of 26:51.8 ... Took 15th overall in UCSD Opener (22:58.2) ... Followed collegiate debut with 47th-place finish in Asics/UCI Invitational (26:31.5) ... Concluded season with time of 34:57.5 in the Triton Classic Invitational, placing 24th overall.

A 2011 graduate of Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, where he was a two-time South Coast League honoree on the cross country squad ... Named the ANHS Athlete of the Year as a senior, while also taking home Cross Country Runner of the Year accolades in 2009 and 2010 ... Named the Most Valuable Athlete on the track and field team in 2011 ... Recorded personal bests of 15:10 in the three mile, 4:25 in the 1600, and 9:28 in the 3200.

Born July 12, 1993 in Newport Beach ... Parents are Gary and Terri Collins ... Has a younger brother named Tyler and a younger sister named McKenzie ... Roots for the L.A. Lakers and St. Louis Rams ... Kobe Bryant is his favorite athlete ... Django tops his list of great movies ... 311 is playing on his iPod right now ... His favorite choice of food is Daniel Hauptman's Homemade Vegetarian Chili ... Can be found surfing in his spare time ... His dad and his high school coach, UCSD alum John Walsh, are his two greatest influences ... His most memorable career moment is running under 14:30 in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Invitational with teammate Tareq Alwafai ... Is a biochemistry/chemistry major at Sixth College.

Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA
High School: Aliso Niguel HS
College: Sixth
Major: Biochemistry/Chemistry
Experience: 3 Letters
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