Freshman Taylor strives for national title

By Jillian Smith
April 12, 2007

Cabrini Atletics

Starting way back in seventh grade, freshman history major Christiana Taylor decided that track was her calling.

Taylor fell into the sport. “I really didn’t want to run track.” Taylor said. She was running down the hallway and the track coach saw her. He asked her if she wanted to try-out and it’s been her sport ever since.

Deciding to quit basketball, Taylor thought that she would have a “better chance of going to Juniors or making it to the national level.”

“I found out I was good at it. I was good in a lot of events, so I made it my sport.”

She thought track would “be a way to get her name big around the school.” She also thought track could help get her into college, money-wise, “because my family’s not made of money.”

Taylor is a heptathelete, a seven-event runner. This season, Taylor believes her main event will be the 400-hurdles.

“I think I can make it to the national level there. I think I can win it,” Taylor said. Taylor also feels that she will do well in the triple jump and maybe be her best event.

“Going to nationals is not new to me because my [high] school was the best in Pennsylvania,” Taylor said of West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pa. However, Taylor did attend her first two years of high school at Dobbins High School, where she met Lauren Deas, now a junior at Cabrini.

Deas and coach James Williams helped in Taylor’s decision to run at Cabrini.

“I had D-1 schools looking at me too,” Taylor said. “I chose this one because of James Williams and I like to run with teams where I know people.”

With her busy schedule, Taylor knows how to use her time-management skills wisely. She goes to school in the morning and track at night. She’s not afraid to wake up at six in the morning to finish a paper or stay up until 3 a.m. to get things done just so she can run.

“It’s easy to do if you know how to separate both,” Taylor said.

Although she really doesn’t have time in her busy schedule, Taylor would love to play basketball. However, “James don’t allow us to do any other sports.” She also likes swimming and dancing. She would also love to know more about different types of history, including African American history.

Taylor wants to go into a minor of pre-law and be a legal aid, but if that doesn’t work out, she would like to be a middle school history teacher.

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