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Tara Belinsky
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Tara Belinsky 2394855
Position: Throws
Year: Graduate
Hometown: Locust Valley, N.Y
High School: Manhasset
Other College: University of Connecticut
Major: Communications

Belinsky’s TFRRS Profile

 

Personal Bests

Shot Put: 53-06.50

Weight Throw: 52-10.25

Discus: 134-01.00

Hammer: 156-08.00

 

2018-19

Outdoors

Season Bests

Shot Put: 53-06.50

 

Belinsky competed exclusively in the shot put in her final season at UAlbany.  She opened at Puerto Rico’s Spring Break Classic, winning the shot put with an outdoor school record mark of 49-01.00.  She surpassed the previous mark of 48-01.25 set in 2015 by Janice Johnson.  Belinsky would break her own record in each of the next two meets, placing sixth in the College division at the Florida Relays in 49-07.00, and placing first at UConn’s Northeast Challenge in 53-06.50, becoming the first woman to throw 50 feet outdoors, following the same accomplishment indoors.  Belinsky won the shot put at UAlbany’s Bobbi Palma Spring Classic, and next placed eighth at the Penn Relays with another mark over 50 feet.  Belinsky won her second America East Outdoor title in the shot put with a mark of 49-01.50, breaking the previous championship meet record of 48-10.25 set in 2004 by Northeastern’s Zara Northover.  After a fourth-place finish at the ECAC Outdoor Championships, Belinsky ended her season and her career with her first-ever trip to NCAA East Preliminary Championships, placing 32nd in 50-03.25.  Following the season, Belinsky was honored as an America East All-Academic, her first for the outdoor season.  She is also a finalist for the America East Woman of the Year Award, and a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

 

Indoors

Did not compete, and was named team captain ahead of the season for the third-straight year.  She was a recipient of the Athletes & Recreation Leadership Award.

 

2017-18

Outdoors

Season Bests

Shot Put: 47-08.50

Discus: 134-01.00

Hammer: 151-09.00

 

Belinsky opened the season at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational, placing sixth in the discus and seventh in the shot put.  Following a 10th-place finish in the College division shot put at the Florida Relays, Belinsky recorded her season best in the shot put at UConn’s Northeast Challenge, placing second overall.  She won the shot put at UAlbany’s Spring Classic, while placing fourth in both the discus and the hammer, setting a season best in the latter.  Belinsky won her second shot put title and first for the outdoor season at the America East Outdoor Championships, while also placing sixth and setting a season best in the discus and placing 11th in the hammer.  Belinsky ended her season placing fifth in the shot put at ECAC Outdoor Championships.  Following the season, Belinsky was honored as a SUNY Scholar-Athlete and as a USTFCCCA All-Academic.  Additionally, she received the UAlbany SAAC Leadership Award, the America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award, the America East Helping Hands Award, the SUNY Chancellor Scholar-Athlete Award, and the UAlbany Presidential Leadership Award for Outstanding Senior.

 

Indoors

Season Bests

Shot Put: 50-00.00

Weight Throw: 52-10.25

 

Belinsky, who was named team captain before the season for the second-straight year, and was elected president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the year, opened the season at the Boston University Season Opener, placing fourth in the shot put.  At the Great Dane Classic, Belinsky placed second in the shot put and seventh in the weight throw.  She recorded personal bests in the shot put in two-straight meets, first at the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge and next at Boston University’s Bruce Lehane Scarlet & White Invitational.  Her mark at the Columbia Challenge, 48-11.00, set a new school record, surpassing the previous mark of 47-04.50 set in 2004 by Joy Williams.  Belinsky competed in her first Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas, recording her third-straight mark over 49 feet to place sixth overall.  She placed second and the shot put and fourth in the weight throw at the America East Indoor Championships, setting a season best in the latter.  Belinsky ended her season at ECAC Indoor Championships, placing fourth in the shot put with a season best 50-00.00, becoming the first woman in program history to throw 50 feet or more.  Following the season, Belinsky was named to the America East All-Academic team.

 

2016-17

Outdoors

Season Bests

Shot Put: 46-11.75

Hammer: 156-08.00

 

Belinsky opened her season at the Florida Relays, placing ninth in the College division.  She won the shot put at the UAlbany Spring Classic, and set her season best in the hammer, placing sixth.  Following a victory and season best in the shot put at the Capital District Classic, Belinsky placed fifth in the shot put and eighth in the hammer at the America East Outdoor Championships.  Belinsky ended her season placing eighth in the shot put at ECAC Outdoor Championships.  Following the season, she was honored with the UAlbany Presidential Leadership Award.

 

Indoors

Season Bests

Shot Put: 46-04.75

Weight Throw: 50-02.00

 

After being named team captain before the season, Belinsky opened the season at the Boston University Season Opener, placing fifth in the shot put.  She placed third in the shot put at the Great Dane Classic, before earning her first collegiate victory at the Middlebury Winterfell meet, winning the shot put and placing second in the weight throw.  Belinsky earned back-to-back runner-up finishes in the shot put at the Villanova Open and the Villanova Invitational, recording her season best in the former.  Belinsky won the shot put at the America East Indoor Championships, while also placing sixth in a season-best effort in the weight throw.  Following the season, Belinsky was honored as an America East All-Academic.

 

2015-16

Outdoors

Season Bests

Shot Put: 42-10.75

Hammer: 136-03.00

 

Belinsky opened the season at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational, placing 30th in the shot put and 43rd in the hammer.  She recorded her season best in the shot put at UConn’s Northeast Challenge, placing fourth overall.  Her season best in the hammer came at UAlbany’s Spring Classic, where she placed eighth.  She earned a fifth-place finish in the shot put at the America East Outdoor Championships.

 

Indoors

Season Bests

Shot Put: 43-07.00

 

Belinsky recorded her best mark in the first meet of the season, a seventh-place effort at the Great Dane Classic, her first meet at UAlbany.  Following a fourth-place finish at the Villanova Invitational, Belinsky placed sixth at the America East Indoor Championships.

 

Before UAlbany

Belinsky attended UConn for one year before transferring to UAlbany.

 

High School

Belinsky was a four-year letter-earner at Manhasset High School where she served as team captain both her junior and senior year.  She was a New Balance All-American in 2013, Outdoor New York State Champion in 2013, Long Island Champion in 2014, a three-time Indoor Nassau County Champion from 2012-2014, and a three-time outdoor Nassau County Champion from 2012-2014.

 

Personal

Tara Belinsky is the daughter of Lisa and Larry Belinsky. She has two sisters, Victoria and Olivia. She also has one brother, Drew.

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