If you go to USF, the name “Charlotte Taylor” might ring a bell, and for good reason. Taylor made USF history by winning the NCAA 10,000 race championship. No other track athlete — male or female — has accomplished such a task at USF. Taylor told our sports editor, Alex Kreise, about her huge accomplishment and why she started running in the first place.
With all the excitement over Taylor’s historic performance, our first question had to be about her first-place race. Taylor said, “I went into the race feeling good and with my best ever season of training behind me, but it was still a big surprise for everything to come together on that day.”
Charlotte Taylor is a senior here at the University of San Francisco. She is originally from Spalding, England, a small market town 140 miles north of London. When asked why Taylor chose to come to USF, she said “I was offered a place on the cross country/track and field team here, and that represented an opportunity for me to follow both my sporting and academic goals.”
Her academic goals, like much of what Taylor does, were exceeded. She’s a Capital One Academic All-American (CoSIDA) and received the 2017 USF Anne Dolan Outstanding Female Athlete Award.
Before even stepping foot on USF, Taylor earned her bachelor’s of science in mathematics, operational research, statistics and economics at the University of Warwick, England. Now, she’s studying for a Master’s degree in the International and Development Economics program at USF. Taylor does all of this while competing as a Division I athlete (some say competing, we say dominating).
Surprising to some, Taylor did not get into cross country by herself or even from her parents. Taylor said, “I tagged along to a local children’s race with my best friend.”
Taylor continued, “I really enjoyed the race and couldn’t wait until the next one. I’ve run ever since — although, I didn’t compete in a cross-country event for a few years, as I got into triathlon and that took over for a while.”
Taylor’s not the only member of her family that races at the collegiate level. Her sister, Sophie, competes in both swimming and wheelchair racing for the Loughborough University north of Leicester, England.
Taylor said, “Being USF’s first female national champion is very special to me, because my experience here has been so wonderful right from day one. I have received so much support throughout my time here, so it was nice for me to be able to give a little something back with this win.”
This is not the first time that Charlotte Taylor has been recognized for something relating to athletics. Back in May, Taylor shattered the 5000m school record with a time of only 15 minutes and 29 seconds. Taylor also helped Great Britain at the Under-23 European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy back in December. She had a time of just under 20 minutes.
Featured Photo: Taylor right after she crossed the finish line in Oregon. USFDONS ATHLETICS/YOUTUBE