USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY
Events: 100m, 200m
PRs: 100m: 11.07 (1994); 200m: 22.59 (1996)
Born: September 2, 1972, in Seattle, Wa
Current Residence: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
High School: Cleveland HS (Seattle, Wash.) '90
College: Louisiana State '94
Coach: Donald Quarrie
Agent: Charlie Wells
Career Highlights: 2-time world team member; 4th in 4x100m at 1999 World Champs; 1998 World Cup champion (4x100m); 3rd in 100m at 1994 U.S. Outdoor nationals; 2nd in 200m at 1997 U.S. Outdoor nationals; 1994 SEC 100m, 200m champion; 2nd in 100m at 1994 NCAA Outdoors.
Taplin started running as a ninth grader when a friend said, "Hey, let's go out for track"the results came fast, as she won 19 state titles, indoors and out, in Washingtonshe remains the only Washington prep to have won two or more titles a year for four consecutive yearssays she didn't come from a high-powered track program: "It was just raw talent. I learned most about track from my summer club coaches"her sister was a marathon runnera 16-time All-America for LSUearned her degree in general studies, with an emphasis on business administration and speech communicationfor fun, she says, "I like to watch TV. That's all. Cartoons"says the step up after college was a challenge: "I had to train harder, and change all my workout habits. It's much more serious, much more technical now".
1999: bests of 11.17w and 23.48 5th in 100m at USA Outdoors 5th in 100m qtrs. and ran lead off leg on fourth place 4x100m relay (42.30) at World Champs.
1998: bests of 11.15 and 22.79tied for 3rd in 200m (23.07), 5th in 100m (11.25) at USA Outdoors4th in 200m (22.79) at Goodwill Games; led-off winning 4x100m (42.06)ranked #4 U.S. at 200m, #7 U.S. at 100m by T&FN.
1997: bests of 11.27 and 22.902nd in 200m (22.90), 5th in 100m semi (11.44) at USA Outdoors5th in 200m quarterfinal at World Champsranked #3 U.S. at 200m by T&FN.
1996: bests of 11.11 and 22.598th in 100m (11.11), 7th in 200m (22.59 PR) at Olympic Trialsranked #8 U.S. at 100m and 200m by T&FN.
1995: bests of 11.28 and 23.725th in 60m semis (7.40) at USA Indoors7th in 100m (11.48) at USA Outdoors5th in 100m quarterfinal (11.98) at World University Games; led-off winning 4x100m (43.58)ranked #8 U.S. at 100m by T&FN.
1994: bests of 11.07 and 22.882nd in 55m (6.85), 8th in 200m (24.42) at SEC Indoor2nd in 55m (6.72) at NCAA Indoorwon 100m (11.14), 2nd in 200m (22.95) at SEC2nd in 100m (11.25), 4th in 200m (22.98) at NCAA Outdoors; anchor on winning 4x100m (43.26)3rd in 100m (11.26) at USA Outdoorsranked #9 in world (#4 U.S.) at 100m by T&FN; #5 U.S. at 200m.
1993: bests of 11.23 and 23.04won 55m (6.76), 6th in 200m (24.08) at SEC Indoor2nd in 55m (6.78), 6th in 200m (23.85) at NCAA Indoorwon 100m (11.08w), 2nd in 200m (23.18) at SEC; anchored 3rd-place 4x100m (43.90)3rd in 100m (11.47), 8th in 200m (23.53) at NCAA Outdoors; anchor on winning 4x100m (43.49)7th in 100m (11.19) at USA Champs5th in 100m semi (11.46) at World University Games; second leg on winning 4x100m (43.37)ranked #7 U.S. at 100m by T&FN.
1992: bests of 11.39 and 23.397th in 55m (7.00) at SEC Indoor7th in 55m (6.91) at NCAA Indoor4th in 100m (11.39) and 200m (23.56) at SEC; second leg on winning 4x100m (43.89)4th in 100m (11.37) and 200m (23.42) at NCAA Outdoors; second leg on winning 4x100m (43.03)7th in 100m semi (11.63) at Olympic Trials.
1991: bests of 11.41 and 23.854th in 100m (11.72), 6th in 200m (24.10) at SEC; led-off winning 4x100m (43.77)6th in 100m (11.29), 5th in 200m (23.31) at NCAA Outdoors; led-off runner-up 4x100m (42.96)2nd in 100m (11.41) at USA Juniors.
1990: bests of 11.94 and 24.29.
1989: best of 11.72w.
1988: bests of 11.96 and 24.554th in 100m heat, 2nd in 200m heat at USA Juniors.