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Taylor Ellis-Watson
Taylor Ellis-Watson

Taylor Ellis-Watson

R-Sr | Sprints |Philadelphia, Pa. / Springside HS/Univ. of Pittsburgh

#RazorFacts

  • Four-time Outdoor All-American (400m, 4×400)
  • 2015 SEC Outdoor Champion (400m)
  • 2015 Outdoor First Team All-SEC (400m)
  • Four-time NCAA Indoor Runner-Up (400m, 4x400m)
  • Five-time Indoor All-American (400m, 4x400m)
  • Two-time SEC Indoor Champion (400m, 4x400m)
  • 2016 Indoor First Team All-SEC (400m)
  • 2016 SEC Indoor Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 Indoor First Team All-SEC (4×400)

Redshirt Senior (2016)
Two-time NCAA indoor runner-up (400m, 4x400m), Two-time first team indoor All-American … Raced to a world-leading time at 400 meters of 52.26 at the Razorback Invitational … Ran a new indoor personal best of 22.99 to advance out the 200-meter prelims at the SEC Indoor Championships …  Became the second collegian to clock a sub-52 in the 400-meter dash with her 51.84 in the finals section to earn her the conference title … Anchored the Razorback 4×400 to a runner-up finish at the conference meet … Qualified for NCAA indoors in the 200m, 400m and 4x400m but elected to only compete in the last two … Earned a national silver medal with a new indoor career best of 51.51 at 400 meters … split a 50. performance as the 4×400-meter relay anchor to propel Arkansas into second place at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Capped her final indoor season with two national silvers, an SEC gold, awarded the SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year and three SEC Runner of the Week honors … Opened the outdoor season with a first and second place finish in the SMR and 4x400m, respectively at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Redshirt Junior (2015)
Two-time NCAA indoor runner-up (400m, 4x400m), Four-time first team All-American … Collected her first indoor season win at the Razorback Invitational in the 400-meter dash … Followed that performance with two top three finishes at the Tyson Invitational at 200 and 400 meters … First Team All-SEC with the 4×400-meter relay team … Finished third at the SEC Indoor Championships in the 400-meter dash … Scored 10 points towards the Razorbacks first national title with a runner-up finish in the 400-meter dash and 4×400-meter relay at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Opened up outdoor season finishing first at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in the sprint medley relay … Won both the 4×400-meter relay and sprint medley relay at the Drake Relays … Captured the SEC title in the 400-meter dash in a new career best of 51.18 … Scored points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter dash and as part of the 4×400-meter relay team.

Redshirt Sophomore – Outdoor (2014)
Redshirted her junior indoor season … Two-time outdoor All-American … Ran a PR of 11.76 in the 100-meter dash at the Arkansas Spring Invitational … Scored 3 points in the 400-meter dash and assisted the 4×400-meter relay team to a third-place finish at her first SEC Outdoor Championships … Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter dash and with the 4×400-meter relay team … Finished in sixth at the outdoor national meet with the 4×400-meter relay.

Sophomore – Indoor (2013)
Redshirted her sophomore outdoor season …

prior to Arkansas

University of Pittsburgh
Named All-American and All-Big East … Qualified for the NCAA indoor championships in the 400 meter dash as a freshman … Earned Athlete of the Week honors … Broke the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay records (indoor).

High School
2011 indoor and outdoor track state champion … 2011 All-American for indoor track … Fifth place at the 2011 indoor nationals … 2011 Pennsylvania Classic Champion … Placed first at state and conference meets at 100, 200, and 400 meters, as a freshman and senior … Placed first in the 400 meter dash as a junior … Broke the school record in the 200 and 400 meter dashes, as well as the 4×400 meter relay.

Personal
Born on May 6, 1993 … Daughter of Stephen Watson and Melanie Ellis Nelson … Has two sisters Raiana and Arianna and two brothers Rylee and Darius … 2015 graduate with a B.S. in Psychology … Pursuing graduate studies in clinical and mental health counseling.

 

TFRRS Profile

Indoor PRs

  • 200m: 22.99
  • 400m: 51.51

Outdoor PRs

  • 100m: 11.76
  • 200m: 22.93
  • 400m: 51.18