McALLEN — Steve Sisson remembers when he first let standout distance runner Tricia Terry slip away.
“I followed Tricia from her days in high school and had hoped to recruit her to UT, but I knew she was in a position where she needed more financial aid and more scholarship money than I was able to provide,” Sisson said. “TCU was able to do that, and she eventually got to a high level of competing.
“But I also think there’s more talent to work with there too.”
Terry, a two-time cross country regional champion and two-time Class 5A runner-up in the 1600 meters at McAllen Memorial, starred at TCU, where she wrapped up a stellar career this spring. In February, she set the school record in the mile at the Tyson Invitational with a time of 4:42.52. But it was at the Texas Relays in late March where she met Sisson and was sold on his Olympic development squad, the pro track club team Adidas/Rogue.
Adidas/Rogue is a non-profit post-collegiate group that provides opportunities for athletes to get to the next level. Terry will be joining the team in August in Austin.
“Coach Sisson told my TCU coach how upset he was that he didn’t recruit me,” Terry said. “He was really mad at himself. He just feels if I’m in the right program, the right set-up, with the right coaching with the right teammates, I could become great.
“He definitely has a plan for me and I’m excited to go along with it.”
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