Tessa Patterson
Tessa Patterson
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Thomaston, Ga.
High School: Upson-Lee
Position: Distance

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2013: Took second at the Paine College Dual Meet in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:54.15…Finished 16th in the one mile run at the Powersox Invitational in 6:04.15.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned letters under Stephen Boyd and Steve Peterson in cross country and track at Upson Lee High School in Thomaston, Ga. … Also lettered in cheerleading … Earned 2nd place in Region 4AAAA for cross country in 2009 ... Won 2nd place in Region 4AAA for track and field in 2010 … Named All-Middle Georgia in cross country in 2009, 2010, and 2011 … Honored with Leadership of Upson award and was a Hubert Hancock Award nominee … She was also president of her senior class.

PERSONAL: Born on June 9, 1994 in Macon, Ga. … Daughter to Sheila and Steve Patterson … Has one sister, Taylor Patterson … Full name is Tessa Ann Patterson … Plans on majoring in kinesiology … Career goals include becoming NCAA National Champions and to improve her running times … Goals for the season are to lower her 6K time … Person she admires most is her dad … Enjoys swimming, kayaking, fishing and hiking … Lists fruit as her favorite food … Favorite athlete is Shalane Flanagan … Lists “Big Bang Theory” as her favorite TV show … Wishes she could switch places with Merida from Disney’s “Brave”.