Tarvin earns awards at Allegheny College
For some, the memory is closer than for others. But if you can, recall elementary school and the mile run. Maybe you can, maybe you can’t, or maybe you never did. Molly Tarvin can. That’s because Molly Tarvin wanted to win.
“I really wanted to beat everyone,” recalled the Northwestern Lehigh High School graduate who is now running in college.
She certainly has done that and more, during an impressive long-distance running career.
The daughter of Micheal and Tina Tarvin lettered in cross country and track and was a four-year All-Conference cross country performer for the Tigers. During her senior season, she served as a role model for her teammates, leading them across the bumpy paths and hilly terrains as captain of the cross country team.
“At Northwestern there was an emphasis placed on teammates and how they are important to you,” Tarvin said. “You learn to rely on, and trust your teammates.”
Tarvin’s career has now shifted to the beautiful surroundings of western Pennsylvania and Allegheny College. Tarvin the Tiger is now Tarvin the Gator, but the beat runs on.
After just one year on the college scene, Tarvin has directed a list of accomplishments. She earned the school’s award for being Allegheny’s top women’s newcomer of the year for all sports. She was also the cross country team’s top women’s newcomer of the year.
When asked what accomplishment of which she is most proud, Tarvin paused for a moment and respond this way.
“I’d have to say finishing second in the 1500-meter in conferences,” she said.
Tarvin finished in 4:46.97 on May 4 for second place in the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Track & Field Championships.
“It was pretty big for me,” she noted.
She also made an immediate impact on her cross country team last fall. She placed fifth on her team and 53rd overall at the Great Lakes Regional Championships. She finished in 23:22.7 in the 6K race. Tarvin helped Allegheny take second as a team to earn an automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. More recently, on May 10, she finished third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:15.79.
Tarvin’s running prowess is evident. What is not so evident is how she’s done it. In short, a lot of hard work. The Alleghany environmental science major with minors in creative writing and economics was running during high school every day in the summer. This allowed her to get into peak physical and mental condition when school started in September.
When asked about her strategy for those races, Tarvin replied that initially it was very much of a “run as fast as you can” proposition. With experience comes wisdom. Now, she has “fined-tuned her strategy” to make sure she has a wicked “kick at the end.”
Tarvin has sprinted out to a great collegiate career, but the race is only a quarter done. Much work remains. In three years when she hits the graduation stage, what is her goal?
“To be an All-American.”