ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tarah Young had high expectations when she first sported a Deerfield-Windsor uniform.
With an older brother in the Albany sports hall-of-fame, and an older sister's name throughout the Lady Knight's record books, track coach Allen Lowe knew she'd be special.
"God has built her and given her the frame to be very fast," he said. "And Tarah is just such a loving spirit, but as an athlete she's one heck of a track athlete."
Young has 13 GISA state championships. Not medals, but gold medals. And she has been involved in four Lady Knights state titles in her five years with the track program.
As the anchor on both the 4 by 1 and 4 by 4 state champion relay teams, she is known for hawking down runners on the big stage and turning deficits into triumphant victories.
"That's when my talent really comes out," said Young. "And that's when my competitive spirit really comes out. That's what you see in that last 50 meters and I'm sprinting it out even though I'm already dead tired."
That's the spirit that helped her to erase her sister's name next to every school record, well except the 4 by 4, but not by choice.
"I was an 8th grader and she was a senior," recalled Young. "And we were on the same team and we broke the school record together, along with the other two runners. But all of the other ones I went down and broke."
That competitive spirit flows through the Young family, and it doesn't stop on the track. She also competes with her brother Trey to see whose report card is more refrigerator-worthy.
"Because we're twins," said Young. "We have a lot of the same classes. And so I'm just like, 'Oh I got 100 what did you get, and he's like Oh I got a 97, and I'm like Oh I beat you!'"
"She's got such great foundation from her mom and dad that makes sure she takes care of her priorities which is the schoolwork first." said Lowe.