In cross country, Tucker guided the Generals to seven Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships and six conference runner-up finishes. His 1995 team won the 1995 NCAA Regional Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship field. He mentored his runners to 37 First Team All-ODAC citations, four of which were named the ODAC Runner of the Year. Six athletes were named the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for cross country, while 10 athletes produced 13 NCAA Division III meet performances. For his efforts, Tucker was recognized as the ODAC Coach of the Year six times and he was recognized as the Regional Coach of the Year in 1995.
As head women’s track & field coach from 1989-2003, Tucker helped W&L athletes achieve 19 individual conference championships in the indoor and outdoor seasons combined, while setting numerous school records. His 1995 team claimed the ODAC Outdoor Championship and he was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for his efforts. From 1990 until 2003, Tucker’s athletes set 11 indoor and 10 outdoor school records, seven of which still stand today. He also mentored Josephine Schaeffer Covington ’96, who advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships four times, garnering All-America honors in 1993.
As an undergraduate, Tucker was a four-year letter-winner and two-year captain for the Generals’ track & field team. A sprinter, he was a member of ODAC champion and school-record setting relay teams in 1976 and 1977 and received the Forest Fletcher Trophy for overall excellence and sportsmanship his last two years.
An active competitor up to age 50 in various open age group events, Tucker has won local, state, and regional competitions from 100m to 10,000m, earned All-America honors in five different track and field events, and collected four silver medals in USA Track and Field national masters competitions. He has run times of:
12 seconds for 100m
25 seconds for 200m
56 seconds for 400m
2:01 for 800m
4:08 for 1500m
4:27 for the mile
16:22 for the 5k and
35:46 on a hilly 10K
…after age 42
In 2000, Tucker was the gold medalist at the USA Track & Field National Masters Championships in the 50-54 pentathlon, which includes the long jump, javelin, 200 meters, discus and 1,500 meters.
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