Road to Success Always Under Construction for Tremanisha Taylor
Feb. 17, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - According to NC State’s prolific shot put and discus specialist Tremanisha Taylor, the road to success is always under construction.
Even after holding three NC State track and field school records in the outdoor shot put (55’00.25”), indoor shot put (54'04.00") and discus (175’01”), including All-America and All-ACC honors, the Henderson, North Carolina native still has a few more worthwhile goals to accomplish.
“I would like a competitive finish in the NCAA Indoor Nationals and add an All-America Indoor to my belt,” the redshirt junior said enthusiastically in a recent interview.
The 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference indoor shot put champion, Taylor also gained All-America honors as an outdoor shot put specialist. She participates in both outdoor and indoor events and attributes much of her success in her development to Wolfpack assistant track and field coach Tom Wood.
Wood, in his 24th year at State, works with multi-event athletes and throwers. Under his tutelage, Wolfpack throwers have risen to a high level of performance in the ACC and on the national level. It was Wood who recruited Taylor to Raleigh out of high school.
“He sent me a message and then sent my high school some letters,” Taylor recalled. “He saw me (in person) at a meet at the end of the year.”
State was the first school to recruit the Southern Vance High athlete. Western Carolina and UNC-Charlotte contacted her thereafter.
“I could tell Coach Wood was concerned with my well-being as an athlete,” Taylor said. “And also about my education and me as a person.”
Taylor, a multi-talented athlete in high school, also played volleyball and basketball – earning athlete-of-the-year at Southern Vance.
“Coach Wood came to see volleyball and basketball games. He was the only one who constantly pursued me,” Taylor remembers.
Wood recognized Taylor’s potential as a shot put thrower in spite of the fact that she wasn’t as proficient in that event in high school as she would have liked. Even without proper training at the high school level, Taylor became the state high school record holder in the discus, as well as a three-time state champion in the shot put.
“I didn’t have much shot put training in high school,” Taylor said. “After coming to State, I improved my throwing from 36 feet in high school to 50 feet."
Taylor was redshirted during her freshman year – a move which she recognized as a gigantic step in her development as a Pack student-athlete.
“I didn’t have a level of expertise in time management and strength,” Taylor said. “I had to learn to figure out how to balance class with athletics.”
Her favorite moments at NC State revolve around the “cooperative spirit” of the track and field team and “wanting to learn the (proper) techniques of the shot put and discus throws.
“Last year was a total shock to win the indoor ACC Championship,” Taylor said. “I had struggled the previous season. Coach Wood didn’t give up on me. The hard work finally paid off on this level. We’re working hard to make a big statement this year.”
Taylor will “hopefully graduate next December” with a degree in psychology. That accomplishment will be a benchmark in her family. She will be the first to attain a four-year degree. Her mother, Debra, a retired RN, attended community college. After graduation, Taylor plans to attend graduate school and hopes eventually to work in non-profit management.
By George Cox