Maryland Track & Field BIO
Taylor Tucker
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Taylor Tucker 1540842
Position: Hurdles/Sprints
Year: Senior
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md.
High School: Elizabeth Seton HS


2016 Outdoor: Competed at eight events...ran the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and relay events...placed second in the 400 hurdles (1:01.28) and fourth in the 4x400 relay (3:58.23) at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge (3/18-19)...finished second in the 400H (1:01.11) and third in the 100H (14.64) at the Maryland Invitational (3/26)...went 1:04.74 in the 400H and helped shuttle hurdle relay squad (56.42) to fifth place finish at Florida Relays (3/31-4/2)...took second in season-best 1:00.66 in the 400H at the Virginia Quad Meet (4/8)...member of first place 4x400 relay team (3:47.15) and finished fourth in the 400H at the Morgan State Legacy Meet (4/22-23)...member of second place shuttle hurdle relay squad (57.32) at the Penn Relays (4/28-30)...also went 1:02.22 in the 400H and combined to go 1:40.25 in the 4x400 relay at Penn Relays...won the 4x400 relay (3:47.35) and finished third in the 400H (1:02.30) at the Kehoe Twilight Meet (5/6)...finished 20th in the 400H (1:03.55) and 10th in the 4x100 relay (47.20) at the Big Ten Championships (5/13-15).

2016 Indoor: Competed at six events...member of first place 4x200 (1:41.97) and 4x400 (3:43.57) relay teams at Penn State Relays (1/9)...also finished 10th in 60 hurdles at Penn State (9.11)...20th in the 400 (57.73) at Great Dane Classic (1/16)...member of first place 4x400 relay squad (3:47.53) and third in the 300 (40.79) at Terrapin Invitational (1/30)...helped relay teams to fifth place finish in 4x200 (1:39.36) and fourth place in 4x400 (3:46.00) at Armory Track Invitational (2/5-2/6)...also went 57.28 in the 400 at Armory...member of fourth place 4x400 relay (3:42.76) and 23rd in 400 (57.37) at SPIRE Invite (2/12-2/13)...helped 4x400 relay team (3:38.59) to fifth place finish at Big Ten Championships (2/26-2/27)...finished 20th in the 400 in season-best 56.31 at B1Gs. 

2015 Outdoor: Competed in seven events…took fifth in the 400mH at the UTEP Springtime Invitational…notched a first-place finish in the 100mH (14.57), in the 4x400m (3:57.80) and second in the 400mH (1:04.38) at the Maryland Invitational…competed at the Florida Relays…ran 1:02.04 in the 400mH at the Morgan State Legacy Meet to finish fourth…ran at the Penn Relays…took third in the 400mH (1:01.41) and fourth in the 100mH (14.60) at the Kehoe Twilight Meet…finished the season with a 12th-place finish in the 400mH at the Big Ten Championships.

2015 Indoor: Competed in five events…ran 26.09 in the 200m at the Penn State Relays…notched a 10th-place finish (9.34) in the 60mH at the Terrapin Invitational…ran at the Armory Track Invitational…placed third in the 400m (57.87) and fifth in the 60mH (9.57) in Navy’s Sweetheart Multi-Mix Madness…finished the season on the eighth-place Distance Medley Relay team at the Big Ten Championships.  

2014 Outdoor: Season-best 100mH time of 14.64 at the UTEP Springtime Meet to finish 13th...placed fourth at the Maryland Invitational (14.77)...notched at time of 14.85 at the ACC Outdoor Championship prelims...finished fifth at the Kehoe Twilight (15.03)...Season-best 400mH time of 1:04.12 at the Kehoe Twilight to finish seventh...placed sixth at the Maryland Invitiational (1:06.24).

2014 Indoor:  Season-best 300m at the Terrapin Invitational (42.88)...Season-best 60mH at the Penn State Relays Prelims (9.05)...finished seventh at the Lafayette/Rider Games (9.05)...placed seventh at the Penn State Relays (9.09)...22nd at the Doc Hale VT Elite (9.12)...finished eighth at the Terrapin Invitational (9.39).

Before Maryland: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion in both hurdle events as a senior... Ran 14.93 to win 100H and PR of 44.19 to win 300 hurdles... Also ran on 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams that won WCAC titles in 2013 outdoors... Also earned WCAC hurdle titles as a junior and was 300 hurdles champ as a sophomore... All-region pick as sophomore, junior and senior... Gazette Runner of the Year in 2013... Conference MVP and All-Met pick... High school coach was Omar Wilkins... Seton has won seven straight titles... Earned Carlos Alexander Spirit Award and Director's Award for participation in band... Other pre-Maryland PRs - 200m (26.47), 400m (57.13 outdoors, 58.58 indoors), 500m (1:20.32), 55 hurdles (8.32), 60 hurdles (9.10), 100 hurdles (14.35).

Personal: Majoring in kinesiology... Parents are Kelly and Darrell Tucker... Once won a hot dog eating contest... Lists Queen Harrison as her sports heroine and Beyonce as her non-sports heroine... Growing up she pretended to be Beyonce of the track... Hoping for a career as an occupational therapist... Came to Maryland to learn from an Olympic coach (Andrew Valmon)... Selected Maryland over Syracuse, Memphis, Arkansas and Nebraska... Thinks Jada Pinkett-Smith should play her in a movie of her life.


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