Taylor Wallace Qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career as a junior in 2012. Gritty performance in hot conditions at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds led to the NCAA bid. Two-time Pac-10 scorer in the steeplechase. Now ranks fourth in that event at Oregon after taking up the race as a freshman. Also a three-time Pac-12 competitor in cross country. Oregon native and Foot Locker Cross Country national qualifier was a 13time state champion in track and cross country. Led the state at 800 meters (2:10.57) as a senior and ranked in the top three at 1,500 and 3,000 meters. Won the 2009 Steve Prefontaine Award as the best high school runner in the state of Oregon. Two-time Gatorade state runner of the year.
Senior Sen Se nior Klamath Falls, Ore. Henley High School Distance Personal Bests 1,500 Meters - 4:28.79, Prefontaine Classic, Eugene, Ore., 6/8/08 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 10:18.19, NCAA West Preliminary Meet, Eugene, Ore., 5/27/11 Mile - 4:48.08 (i), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash., 2/13/10 3,000 Meters - 9:50.52 (i), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash., 2/27/10 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships 2012 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 19th, 10:35.76 Pac-12 Track Championships 2012 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 10th, 10:31.66 2011 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 7th, 10:41.25 (Pac-10) 2011 - 5,000 Meters, 16th, 17:21.07 (Pac-10) 2010 - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase, 8th, 10:39.44 (Pac-10) Pac-12 Cross Country Championships 2011 - 37th, 21:08 2010 - 41st, 21:14.81 (Pac-10) 2009 - 44th, 21:25.03 (Pac-10)
2011-12: Outdoors - NCAA qualifier in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Won the steeplechase at the USC Invitational (10:33.92). Lowered that to 10:23.16 in a runner-up finish at the Pepsi Team Invitational. After placing 10th in the steeple at the Pac-12 meet, had the performance of her career at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. Gutted out tough run there in 10:20.33 to finish 10th overall and advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career. At the NCAA meet, was 10th in her semifinal heat and 19th overall in 10:35.76. Cross Country - Cross Country - Posted best career Pac-12 meet showing by running 21:08 (6,000 meters) to take 37th as Oregon’s No. 7 runner. Was the runner-up in a virtual tie with teammate Bronwyn Crossman at the Beaver Classic, running 21:20 over 6,000 meters. Took 14th at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (17:06.64/5,000 meters). Was sixth at the season-opening dual with Gonzaga (17:04.9/5,000 meters). Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 10:20.33, NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, Austin, Texas (5/25/12). 2010-11: Outdoors - Wrapped season with a 21-second PR in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary meet. Finished 16th in 10:18.19, which was the third-fastest time in school history. Took seventh in the steeplechase at the Pac-10 championships in 10:41.25. Was in the steeplechase at the Pepsi Team Invitational (10:47.80). Indoors - Ran the mile at the UW Invitational, the Husky Classic and the MPSF Championships. Cross Country - Was Oregon’s No. 5 runner and placed sixth overall at the seasonopening John Frank Memorial (16:11.6/4,500 meters). Took 64th at the Notre Dame Invitational in 17:40 (5,000 meters). Was 41st at the Pac-10 Championships in 21:14.81 (6,000 meters). Season Bests: Outdoors - 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 10:18.19 (PR), NCAA West Preliminary Meet, Eugene. Ore. (5/27/11). 2009-10: Outdoors - Pac-10 scorer in the steeplechase. In her first season as a steeplechaser, opened year with a pair of runner-up finishes. Took second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Pepsi Team Invitational (10:58.34) and in the 2,000 meter steeplechase at the Oregon Preview (7:00.46). Those races led to an eighthplace showing at the Pac-10 meet in 10:39.44, a time that ranks sixth at Oregon. Capped season with her first NCAA West Regional appearance. Ran the 1,500 meters at the Stanford Invitational (4:29.14). Indoors - Made season debut at the Husky Classic, where she ran 4:48.08 in the mile and just missed an NCAA provisional mark. Capped indoor season at the MPSF meet where she ran a season-best 9:50.92 in the 3,000 meters. Cross Country - Made Oregon debut at the Bill Dellinger Invitational (24th, 17:28.11, 5,000 meters). Also ran at the Pre-National Invitational and the Pac-10 Championships. Season Bests: Outdoors - 1,500 Meters - 4:29.14, Stanford Invitational, Stanford, Calif. (3/26/10); 3,000 Meter Steeplechase - 10:39.44, Pac10 Championships, Berkeley, Calif. (5/15/10). Indoors - Mile- 4:48.08 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/13/10); 3,000 Meters - 9:50.92 (PR), MPSF Championships, Seattle, Wash. (2/27/10). Prep: Thirteen-time state champion for Henley High School. Won four titles each at 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters and two in cross country, in addition to anchoring Henley’s three-time winning 4x400 meter relay squad. Led Henley to three track and field state championships. After taking her second straight OSAA cross country title (18:43.7), finished 20th at the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals in December 2008 (18:24). In the spring of her senior year, claimed her fourth straight Oregon state titles at 1,500 meters (4:33.83) and 3,000 meters (10:09.22). Also scored at 400 meters (fourth, 59.09). Had the fastest 800 meter time in the state as a senior (2:10.57). At the 2009 U.S. Junior Track and Field Championships, finished third in 4:29.09 and was also third at the Pan American Junior Championships in 4:31.76. Won the 2009 Steve Prefontaine Award as the best high school runner in the state of Oregon. As a junior, won state cross country (18:13), 1,500 meter (4:33.79) and 3,000 meter (9:58.30) crowns. Set a PR at 1,500 meters, 4:28.79 at the Prefontaine Classic, that ranked third nationally in 2008. Won the 2008 Nike Border Clash. Also ran at the Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals her junior year after which, she was named the Johnny Carpenter athlete of the year. As a sophomore, repeated as 1,500 meter (4:43.34) and 3,000 meter (10:18.92) state champion. Also ran a prep-best 9:56.64 in the 3,000 meters at the 2007 Junior USATF Championships in Indianapolis. Gatorade cross country runner of the year in both 2007 and ’08. Earned her first 1,500/3,000 double state track titles as a freshman in 2006. In addition to running, was an all-state forward for the Henley basketball team and an all-league player for the volleyball squad. High School Bests: 400 Meters - 59.01, 2009; 800 Meters - 2:10.57, 2009 (state 4A record); 1,500 Meters - 4:28.79 (state 4A record), 2008; 3,000 Meters - 9:56.64, 2007. Personal: Major is social studies.
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Published on Sep 28, 2012