Lindsay A. Taylor
Lindsay A. Taylor
Hometown: Boone, NC
Team: Track & Field

Lindsay A. Taylor '01
Hometown:
 Boone, NC
Sport:
 Track & Field
Year Inducted:
2012

In a dominant era of Brown University track and field, Lindsay Taylor emerged as one of the greatest all-around female athletes on College Hill. A specialist in the pentathlon and heptathlon, with extraordinary skills in several other events, Taylor rewrote the Brown record books repeatedly from the start of her freshman year until her graduation in May of 2001. A captain of the women’s team during the 2000-2001 seasons, Taylor’s dedication to the sport set her apart. As Anne Rothenberg, an assistant coach during Taylor’s senior year, said, “She eats, breathes and sleeps track.”  

Taylor was a member of the US Junior National Track and Field team as a high jumper before she ever competed in a Brown uniform. She also combined with her twin sister, Brenda, a track and field standout at Harvard, to lead her high school team to four consecutive state championships. Taylor competed for the Bears with the same level of excellence, winning 10 Heptagonal titles over the course of her career.  Taylor won the pentathlon, a one-day test of athletic ability in hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and the 800-meter run, during each of her four Heptagonal Indoor Championships. Every one of her winning performances broke the meet record, as well as the Brown University school record. She also claimed the long jump title in 2000, and led the Bears to the team title in 1999 and 2001. Taylor was equally prolific at the Outdoor Championships, helping to win Heps titles in 1998, 1999 and 2001, and taking top honors in the 200-meter dash in 2000, the long jump in 2001 and the 4x100 relay in 2001. She also claimed titles in the two-day heptathlon, an event that allowed her to exhibit her prowess in hurdles, high jump, shot put, the 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin and the 800-meter run, in 1999 and 2001. Additionally, Taylor won the ECAC Outdoor heptathlon title during her sophomore campaign. 

A repeat NCAA Track and Field Championship qualifier in the high jump, pentathlon and heptathlon, Taylor finished in 13th place in the heptathlon in the spring of her junior year. During her senior season, she was the second-ranked pentathlete and heptathlete in college athletics. She was named to the All-Ivy team in multiple events for both indoor and outdoor track during each of her four collegiate seasons, and she was also named to the All-East team for four consecutive years. A Mechanical Engineering concentrator, Taylor also earned a spot on the Academic All-Ivy Team as a junior. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Marjorie Brown Smith Award, given at Brown’s Annual All Sports Banquet to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year. 

Taylor currently holds six varsity track and field records at Brown, claiming the top marks in the 100-meter hurdles (13.85), the outdoor high jump (5’10.5”), the heptathlon (5,504 points), the indoor high jump (5’10”), the pentathlon (4,053 points), and the indoor 4x200 relay (1:42.02). Solidifying her athletic versatility, she also remains in Brown’s top ten in nine other events. On the indoor list, she ranks third in 55m hurdles, second in the long jump, seventh in the triple jump, and holds five of the top six performances in the 4x200 relay. For outdoor events, she ranks sixth in the 100 meter dash, seventh in the 200 meter dash, second in the long jump, ninth in the triple jump and holds three of the top 10 performances in the 4x100 relay. 

 In a true testament to her athletic abilities, Taylor took up pole vaulting, a discipline that she had never competed in as a Bear, after graduation from Brown. Her top score of 14’4” ranked her among the top performers in the nation, but a broken arm hampered her quest to qualify for the 2004 Olympic Games in the event.   She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.