Athlete of the Week: Katie Taylor, Tippecanoe High School

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Name: Katie Taylor

School: Tippecanoe

Grade: Junior

Sports: Track, cross-country

Claim to fame/honors: In cross-country, two-time Division II individual state qualifier, All-Ohio honors with 16th place finish, team state runner-up (2015) and third-place finish (2016); in track, two-time 4x800 state qualifier, 3,200 meter district champion, regional runner-up, 13th at state, 1,600 meter district champion, 4x800 district and regional champion, 10th at state; Academic All-Ohio in both sports

Bet you didn’t know … I go skiing in Colorado every winter

Words you live by: If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it

Toughest opponent: Troy High School

Biggest influence: My older brother, Michael

Meet-day rituals: Egg and cheese bagel sandwich for breakfast

What’s on your bedroom walls? Race bibs and stickers, and a couple stuffed animals

When I’m bored I like to … scroll through Pinterest

Favorite movie: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Person who would play you in a movie: Julianne Hough

Favorite TV show: Friends

Favorite musical artist: Taylor Swift

I can’t live without: Chocolate milk

I can live without: Pop

Event you’d like to attend: Olympics

Favorite book: An Abundance of Katherines

Favorite home-cooked meal: Chicken cheese puffs

Favorite restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory

Favorite smell: Warm brownies

Favorite cereal: Frosted Mini-Wheats

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Nike

Vegetable you won’t eat: Brussels sprouts

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Joanna Gaines

Whose mind would you like to read? My dog

Place where you’d love to travel? Hawaii

Talent you’d like to have? Singing

Favorite school subject: History

Favorite athlete: Laurie Hernandez

Favorite team: U.S. women’s national soccer team

Favorite Olympic sport: Gymnastics

Something in the world I’d like to change: Cleaner drinking water

Favorite sports moment: My team getting second at state my freshman year

Favorite junk food: Ice cream

Best thing about track: The distance crew

In 10 years, I hope to be … graduated from college and working on my career as an interior designer

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