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Emmett Taylor

TAYLOR GRADUATED FROM AKRON EAST HIGH SCHOOL AND WENT ON TO BECOME A FOUR-TIME ALL-AMERICAN IN TRACK AND FIELD AT OHIO UNIVERSITY. RECRUITED BY LEGENDARY COACH STAN HUNTSMAN, EMMETT TAYLOR BECAME THE BOBCATS’ FIRST NCAA TRACK CHAMPION AND THE SCHOOL’S ONLY TWO-TIME NCAA WINNER DURING HIS STELLAR CAREER.

A SPRINTER WHO RAN THE 100 AND 220 YARD DASHES, TAYLOR WAS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING AT THE 1967 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP MEET WHEN HE CAPTURED THE 440 YARD DASH IN A RECORD-SETTING, PHOTO-FINISH IN FRONT OF NEARLY TWENTY THOUSAND FANS. HE ALSO RAN A LEG ON OHIO’S FOURTH PLACE 440 YARD RELAY TEAM. AT THE 1967 PAN-AMERICAN GAMES TAYLOR WON A GOLD MEDAL AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES’ 1600 METER RELAY TEAM. AS A JUNIOR HE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE 200 METER DASH, AND WAS A MEMBER OF OHIO’S SECOND PLACE MILE RELAY TEAM. THOSE EFFORTS EARNED HIM HIS THIRD AND FOURTH ALL-AMERICAN AWARDS. HE WAS NAMED OHIO’S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR IN 1969 AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE OHIO UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME IN 2011.

Inducted 2014 | Track & Field