Joan Tangwar
Joan Tangwar
Year: 2018
Team: Women's Cross Country/Track and Field

Joan Tangwar is the third women’s track and field athlete, and fourth women’s cross country runner, to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame. Her induction makes it a family affair as her sister, Emily, was selected to the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. Tangwar was a member of the cross country team from 2008-11 and track and field from 2008-12. Tangwar graduated from USC Upstate in 2012 with a degree in biology.

She excelled for the Spartans on both the cross country course and track. Teaming with Emily and 2017 USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Jemeli Sang, Tangwar helped the USC Upstate women’s cross country team record its best finishes in program history at the ASUN Cross Country Championships.

Tangwar completed her career as a Spartan as one of top runners for the cross country program. A two-time NCAA All-Southeast Region and ASUN All-Conference performer, she currently holds the school record in the 5K with a time of 16:53.70. Tangwar also ranks second in program history in the 6K after crossing the finish line in a time of 20:45.70. She posted a second place finish at the 2011 ASUN Cross Country Championship in Nashville, Tenn. Tangwar earned five ASUN Runner of the Week accolades throughout her career.

Tangwar was also one of the top performers in school history for track and field, finishing fifth in program history with 48 career points.

On the indoor circuit, Tangwar was an Individual Champion in the 5000-meter run in 2012. She is the school record holder in the mile run with a time of 4:57.39, the 5000-meter run with a time of 17:18.40 and the distance medley relay with a time of 12:08.59. Tangwar sits second all-time at USC Upstate in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:18.43 and fourth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:56.83.

For outdoor track and field, Tangwar is fourth or better all-time in the 800-meter run, 1500-meter run and 5000-meter run. She ranks second in school history in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:36.54, while sitting fourth in both the 800-meter run at 2:17.48 and 5000-meter run at 17:20.06.