Incoming freshman Tanisha Coppin was third in the state in the 800 meters
May 30, 2012
Florida Atlantic track has announced the signing of mid-distance runner Tanisha Coppin as part of its incoming class for the 2013 season.
Coppin, from Boyd Anderson High School in nearby Lauderdale Lakes, finished third in the 800 meters at the recent FHSAA 4A State Championships in a time of 2:14.43, while her team won the Class 4A state title. Her personal record time in the 800 came less than a month prior, in the Pepsi Florida Relays, at 2:12.54, giving her a runner-up finish in that race.
"Tanisha is going to be a tremendous asset to our program," said FAU sprint coach John Guarino. "I saw her early on this season and was very impressed. I think she can have an impact in both the 400 and the 800. She's a raw talent and is fairly new, especially to the 800-meter running, and I think she can be a regional and national type athlete for us."
Guarino also spoke about the advantage of recruiting and signing a local athlete.
"She has great character and comes from a very supportive family," he said. "When I went on the home visit, all her family was there, her brothers and everyone. I think it's going to be good to have that support group, with her being local."
Coppin took first place in the 800 meters at both the Class 4A District level in April, and at the Broward County Athletic Association championships in late March. Also at the BCAA's, she was part of two runner-up relay teams: the 4x800 and 4x400. Her PR time in the 400 meters was 56.15, which gave her a third-place finish at the 5th Annual Hallandale Invitational in early March.
Coppin intends to pursue a major in business at FAU.