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BRENDA TAYLOR
Event: 400mH
Height: 5-8.5
Weight: 140
PRs: 400mH 53.36 (2004)
Born: February 9, 1979 in St. Louis
Current Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
High School: Watauga HS (N.C.) 97
College: Harvard 01
Coach: Rahn Sheffield
Agent: Paul Doyle
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2004 Olympic Trials 400m hurdles runner-up; 2004 Olympian; 2001 NCAA 400mH champion; 3rd at 2001 USA Outdoors; 2004 Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year

Taylor had a solid season in 2004, clocking her best performances of her career of 53.36 seconds in a runner-up finish at the Olympic Trialsshe became a world-class threat after becoming an Olympic finalist in Athens.Taylor became an NCAA champion and world-class competitor in 2001her success started with a U.S. leading win at the Penn Relays 400mH (56.11) in April and continued two trips to Eugene, Ore., and historic Hayward Field, when Taylor won her first NCAA championship and qualified for her first world team appearancein early June, she won the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (55.88) and then followed that performance with a third place finish in the USA Outdoor Championship finals (55.99) a few weeks latera standout at Harvard, Taylor was awarded the 2000-01 Honda Award as the top womens collegiate athlete in the sport of track & field...in her four-year career at Harvard, Taylor won 19 individual/relay Hep titles and owns or shares 10 school recordsshe received her BA in Psychology/Biology in the spring of 2001performs extensive community service and is part of USATFs Be A Champion, programwas named 2004 Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year.

2004: Olympic Trials 400mH runner-up (53.36PR)7th at Olympic Games (54.97)1st at Mt. SAC (55.18)2nd at Ostrava (54.36)3rd at GP Final (55.00)1st at Martinique (55.29)1st in the 100mH (13.19) and 2nd in 400m (53.01) at San Diegoranked #9 in the world (#3 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 53.36.
2003:
3rd at USA Outdoors (55.60)4th in 400m at USA Indoors (54.04i)1st at Fort-de-France (55.23)1st in Lucerne (55.34)1st at Mt. Sac Relays (55.38)4th at Pan Am Games (55.27)3rd at Zagreb (55.28)4th in Zurich (54.92)5th at World Athletics Final (54.93)6th at Brussels (55.28)ranked #7 in the world (#2 U.S.) by T&FNbest of 52.56.
2002: 3rd at USA Outdoors (57.62)5th at Linz (57.13)6th at Rovereto (57.18)ranked #7 in the U.S. by T&FNbest of 57.13.
2001: Won 400mH at NCAA Outdoors in personal best time of 55.88 lowered her PR to 55.46 at Zagreb (7/2) 3rd at USA Outdoors (55.99) 6th in World Champs semis (56.52) ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN best of 55.46.
2000: 7th at NCAA Outdoors 400mH (57.77) bests of 13.71 and 56.65.
1999: Best of 57.29.

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