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Omotayo Talabi
Position: Throws
Other Position: Indoor: Graduated - Outdoor: Senior
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Chandler
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Three-time All-Pac-10/12


2013: Indoors, Talabi posted a personal-best mark of 52-11 (16.13m) in the shot put at the Don Kirby Invitational … She took sixth place at the MPSF Championships with a mark of 52-4.75 (15.97m) … Outdoors, Talabi had a personal-best toss of 53-2.25 (16.21m) at the Stanford Invitational, good for third place overall … She took seventh place at the Mt. SAC Relays with a throw of 53-1.75 (16.20m) … At the Pac-12 Championships, Talabi finished in seventh place after throwing 51-9 (15.77m) … She competed at the NCAA West Preliminaries and took 26th place overall with a mark of 51-2.75 (15.61m).

2012: Indoors, Talabi took fourth place at the MPSF Championships with a personal-best toss of 50-7.5 in the shot put competition … At the Boise State Team Challenge; Talabi threw 49-2.5 and took third place … Talabi redshirted the outdoor season.

2011: Indoors, Talabi had her best shot put of the season at the Texas A&M Challenge with a mark of 46-11.75, good for 11th place … She took second at the Blue and Orange Opener, throwing 44-4.25 … Outdoors, Talabi set her personal record at the Tucson Elite Throwers Classic, with a mark of 51-3 … She scored for Arizona at the Pac-10 Championships, throwing 50-1.75 and finishing in sixth place … She won the shot put at the Texas Relays and the Jim Click Shootout, throwing 49-3.5 and 49-1.5, respectively.

2010: Indoors, Talabi set a shot put personal best at her last competition, placing fifth with a throw of 46-11.5 at the MPSF Indoor Championships ... Set an outdoor shot put personal best of 47-0.25, placing third, at the Double Dual (ASU-NAU-UA) ... At the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships, Talabi helped the Wildcats complete the impressive 1-2-3-4 sweep in the shot put, coming in fourth with a throw of 45- 0.25.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three varsity letters in basketball and track and field … After playing nine years of basketball, Talabi was approached by her high school head track and field coach (Eric Richardson) during her junior year to try out for the team … With no experience at hand, Talabi was part of the women track and field team's back-to-back state championships and winning her own state title in the shot put her senior year.

PERSONAL: Born Omotayo Oluwagbemisola Talabi she is the daughter of Binga and Fola Talabi ... She was born in Costa Mesa, Calif. … Her name comes from her family's Nigerian culture meaning "Child of Joy" ... She has two siblings: Wumni and Seun Talabi ... Majoring in pre-business and minoring in sports management ... Graduated high school when she was only 16 years old.