Tarra Grant joined the Greenville College track and field staff in 2011. She prepped at Beardstown High School where she was the 200-meter and 400-meter Illinois Class A state champion in 2005. While at Eastern Illinois University, Grant was a standout sprinter, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in kinesiology. She has personal bests of 12.09 seconds in the 100-meter dash, 24.82 seconds in the 200-meter dash, and 56.47 seconds in the 400-meter dash. She is also an accomplished and nationally ranked Olympic lifter.