Relay squad finished ninth, one spot from honors
The Illini will compete in four events at the national meet
Illini assistant coach named Midwest Men's Assistant Coach of the Year
Orange and Blue finish highest since 2000 season
Pole vault crew score 16.50 points on Friday
Photos from the Illini Open on Jan. 12, 2013
2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Set a career-best 800m time of 1:51.51 at the John McDonnell Invitational ... Finished third in the 800m at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge ... Also ran on the 4x800m relay and 4x400m relay.
Indoor: Participated in the 400m and 600m ... Ran a personal best 600m time of 1:20.05 at the Big Ten Championships ...Placed first at the Illini Open in the 400m with a time of 49.85 ... Participated in five meets.
2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Ran in the 800m for three meets ... Participated in the 4x400m relay team in the Big Ten Championships prelims ... Placed fourth at the Tom Botts Invitational with 1:52.66, giving him a personal-best...Helped the 4x800m relay team place first at Sea Ray Relays.
Indoor: Competed in the 600m and 4x400m relay at the Big Ten Championships ... Set a season-best 600m time of 1:21.27 at the Illinois Intercollegiate ... Recorded his best 800m mark of the season at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational ... Won the 600m and was part of the winning 4x400m relay squad at the Illini Open.
2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay which qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships and missed advancing to the NCAA Championships by two spots after a season-best time of 3:07.67 ... Scored points at the Big Ten Championships as part of the 4x400m relay which placed sixth.
Indoor: Ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay that scored at the Big Ten Championships with a fifth-place finish and time of 3:14.21 ... Took 13th in the 600m at the Big Ten Championships with a personal-best time of 1:20.20 ... Placed third in the 400m at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic with a time of 49.77 ... Ran the 500m and 800 at the Meyo Invitational and the 600 yards at the Iowa State Classic.
Took second in the 400m at the 2008 Illinois Class A state meet and third in 2009 ... Earned 10 varsity letters, with eight from cross country and track and two in basketball ... Was a National Merit Scholar.
Born Jan. 22, 1991 ... Parents are Thaddeus and Debra Taylor ... Has two brothers ... His biggest thrill in sports is passing someone on the straight-away ... Enrolled in general curriculum.
Taylor's Personal Bests
800m: 1:51.51 - John McDonnell Invitational (4/20/12)
400m: 49.77 - Carle/Health Alliance Classic (1/23/10)
600m: 1:20.05 - Big Ten Championships (2/25/12)
Updated July 2012