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Sarah Falta

  • position Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Seneca, S.C.
  • High school Seneca
  • position Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Seneca, S.C.
  • High school Seneca

Sarah Falta Bio

2013-14 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2015 Cross Country

Ran in five events for the season… finished 13th overall at the Carolina Challenge 5K… had her top 5K time of 19:41.30 to place 32nd overall at the Winthrop Invite… took almost a full minute off her top 2014 6K time and set a new personal best after running 23:08 at the Paul Short Open.

Top 5K Time: 19:41.30 (Winthrop Invite)
Top 6K Time: 23:08 (Paul Short Open)

2015 Track

Indoor: Ran in both home meets… won the 3K at the USC Open (10:51.85) and the Gamecock Invite (10:34.65).

Outdoors: Moved to the steeplechase outdoors… took third at the Shamrock Invite to open the season (11:46.17)… finished second at the Crimson Tide Invite, with her top time of the season at 11:30.95.

2014 Cross Country

Raced in four events, with two top 15 finishes… placed fourth in the Carolina Invitational 5K, coming in with a time of 19:33.42 (8/30)… finished 14th at the USC Open #2 two-mile race, finishing in 12:56.35 (10/8).

Top 5K Time: 19:33.42 (Carolina Invite)
Top 6K Time: 23:56.3 (at Charlotte Invite)

2014 Track

Indoors: Ran the middle distances, posting best times of 2:23.74 in the 800 meters at the Hilton Garden Invitational (25th), 3:09.54 in the 1,000 meters at the Virginia Tech Invitational (23rd), and 5:20.62 in the mile at the Hokie Invitational (24th).

Outdoor: Saw her best results in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning a pair of events at the Bill Carson Invite and the Georgia Invitational, clocking a personal best 11:17.78 at Bill Carson…the 11:17.78 is the No. 3 steeplechase time in school history…also ran the 1,500m twice with a best of 4:59.82 at the USC Outdoor Open to take fourth…entered the mile once, running a 5:25.56.

2013 Cross Country

Ran in eight races during her first fall on campus … Finished inside the Gamecocks’ top 10 in seven outings … Posted her best 5K in the Royal XC Challenge in Charlotte, placing 41st overall with her 18:47.9 time … Finished sixth in Gamecock Invitational #1 (20:18.35) … Her best 6K time came in the Mountain Dew Invitational, finishing 67th in 23:23.24 … Tallied a 12:13.47 two-mile time in the Gamecock Invitational #2 … Led the five Gamecocks in the Indiana State Pre-National Invite Open Race with her 23:38.84 time … Also competed in the Carolina Challenge, the Roy Griak Invitational and the SEC Championships.


Earned four letters in both track and cross country from coaches Brock Bailey and Cassandra Griffin at D.W. Daniel High School … Helped the Lions win the 2013 state track title … A member of the state-winning 4x400m relay team twice (2012 & 2013) … Also a part of school-record holding 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams … Twice named all-state in cross country (2011 & 2012) and in track (2012 & 2013) … Her best 5000m time is 18:48 … Garnered the Lion’s Club Research Award and Lions Pride Award … A member of the Beta Club … Recognized as a part of the Wendy’s High School Heisman program and as an Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete.


Sarah Elizabeth Falta is the daughter of Ronald Jr. and Debbie Falta … Both parents are professors … Has one younger sister, Lisa … Father ran track and cross country at Auburn, where he graduated from in 1982.

Indoor Personal Records

2:23.74 (1/31/14 Hilton Garden Invite)

3:09.54 (1/17/14 Virginia Tech Invite)

10:34.65 (2/21/15 Gamecock Invitational)

5:20.62 (1/24/14 Hokie Invite)

Outdoor Personal Records

4:59.82 (4/19/14 USC Outdoor Open)

5:25.56 (3/22/14 Shamrock Invite)

3000m Steeplechase
11:17.78 (4/12/14 Bill Carson Invite)