Latesha Bigby notches MAC auto mark in 400 hurdles
2013-14:Indoor- Competed in four events at four different meets... Set a new personal-best in the long jump at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational (1/25) with a leap of 17-02.00 (5.23m)... Also set a new PR in the high jump at UW with a height of 5-03.00 (1.60m)... Tied her high jump PR at the Ball State Quadrangular (2/21) en route to a sixth-place finish... Set a new PR in the shot put with a toss of 27-11.50 (8.52m) at Wisconsin... Ran a season-best 60 hurdles time of 9.39 at UW. Outdoor-Competed in five meets... Scored 3,847 points in the heptathlon at the Hillsdale Gina Relays (4/25) to finish in third... Posted 1,868 points in the heptathlon at the Bobcat Invitational (3/28) before being forced to drop out due to injury... Took second in the high jump at the Cougar Classic (3/22) with a height of 5-01.00 (1.54m)... Took fourth at the Blue Demon Invitational (4/19) in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.82.
2012-13: Indoor- Saw action at six indoor meets... Posted a personal best with an 8.03 time in the both the prelims and finals at the Cyclone Holiday Preview (12/7)... Notched her best 60 hurdles performance at the Jack Johnson Classic (1/19), recording a 9.17 in the prelims and 9.16 in the finals to take 11th place. Finished ninth in the 60 hurdles at the Ball State Quad (2/15)... Recorded an eighth-place showing in the 60 hurdles at the GVSU Big Meet (2/9). Outdoor- Competed in five outdoor meets... Set a school record with her 4,473 heptathlon score at the MAC Championships (5/10)... Finished second in the 100 hurdles at UW-Whitewater (4/27) with a 14.97 time - a personal best... Reached 5'3" in the high jump at UW-Whitewater (4/27) to take third place at that meet... Finished fourth in the long jump at the Huskie Open (4/20)... Placed 15th in the shot put, her third event at the UW-Whitewater meet (4/27)... Took fourth in the javelin at the Huskie Open (4/20).
Previous School: Missed all of her freshman season and most of sophomore season at Wisconsin due to injury... Recorded eight top 10 finishes in her time with the Badgers... Finished 16th in the 60 hurdles at the 2010 Big Ten Championships with a time of 8.90... Won the 60 meters and 60 hurdles at the 2012 Red & White Open, registering times of 8.31 and 9.34, respectively.
High School:Four-time all-state, all-area and all-conference honoree in track & field at Batavia High School... Named the team's most valuable athlete three times with the Bulldogs... Twice named a team captain... Won nine individual conference titles... Set Western Sun Conference records in the 100 meters, 100 hurdles, 200 meters and 300 hurdles... Holds the BHS women's record in the 100 meters, 100 hurdles, 200 meters, 300 hurdles, 400 meters, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay... Twice named the Kane County Chronicle's Female Track Athlete of the Year... Placed at the Illinois state championships nine times... Won the 300 hurdles state title in 2008... Finished as the state runner-up in the 100 meters in 2007 and 2008... Ranked seventh in the nation in the 300 hurdles by Track & Field News... Named to the all-Chicago area track team by ESPN Rise... Helped Batavia win three conference titles and place third at the state meet in 2008... Named the school's Female Athlete of the Year in 2008... Three-time all-area and all-conference honoree in basketball... Named the girl's basketball team's MVP all four years.
Personal:Born June 26, 1991, in Winfield, Ill... Daughter of Todd and Eileen Tarter... Father is a lawyer, while mother works in chocolate retail... Majoring in family & individual development... Has two brothers, Todd, Jr. and Tim... Father played basketball at UIC, while younger brother Tim plays baseball at UIC... Named to Dean's list all six semesters at Wisconsin.... Volunteers with Athletes in Action.