- Justin Taylor
- St. Augustine, Fla.
- St. Joseph's Academy
Major: Food & Resource Economics
Track Events: Mile, 800m, 1,500m and Distance Medley
Highlights: SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2007-08 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2006-07 Three top-10 finishes Ranks sixth on Floridas all-time 5-mile list Personal bests of 24:22.1 (8K), 24:03 (5-mile) and 32:08.99 (10K).
2008: Competed in four meets, scoring in all of them Turned in a 15th-place finish in his first race of the season, recording the sixth-best 5-mile time in UF history at the Notre Dame Invitational (24:03) Second Gator to cross the finish line at the Pre-NCAA Invitational, placing 44th overall and setting a career-best 8K time Finished 26th, fourth among Gators, at the SEC Championship Finished 32nd, third among Gators, at the NCAA South Regional Championship.
2007: Competed in all five meets of the season Was the fourth Gator to cross the finish line at the Pre-NCAA Invitational Ran a career-best 10K time of 32:08.99 at the South Regional Championship.
2006: Competed in five races, scoring in two Took fifth at the Mountain Dew Invitational, running a season-best 8K time of 24:42.19 Florida's third finisher at the Notre Dame Invitational with a time of 24:41 in the 5-mile race Finished in the top 30 overall as Florida's seventh runner at the SEC Championships Also competed at the Pre-NCAA Invitational and the NCAA Championship.
2005: Ran a 24:47.35 8K in the first meet, then received a medical redshirt for the remainder of the season.
Track Highlights: All-SEC in 2006 One career victory A member of the 2006 SEC Indoor Champion distance medley relay with Shane Stroup, Carlos Phillips and Chris Gilchrist Won the indoor mile event at the 2009 Tom Jones Invitational, setting a personal-best time Finished third in the same event at the 2009 Big 12/SEC Showdown Recorded a second-place finish in the outdoor 1,500m run at the 2009 Pepsi Florida Relays with a personal-best time Finished seventh at the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships in the 1,500m Qualified for the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship in the same event Personal bests of 1:54.79 (i800m), 4:03.94 (iMile), 1:52.07 (o800m), 3:45.31 (o1,500m), 14:10.97 (o5,000m)
Prep: Coached by Todd Neville and Brian Larkin Five-time Class 1A State Track Champion (two-time 800m, two-time 1,600m and one-time 3,200m) 2005 Class 1A State Cross Country Champion Lists his most memorable moment as winning the Florida 800m, 1,600m and 3,200m titles in 2005 Graduated with school records in the 400m, 800m, 1,600m, 3,200m, 5K cross country, 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay Earned several academic awards Vice president of SADD Also played soccer and traveled to Spain with his Jacksonville Kyx team.
Personal: Son of Iain and Carol-Anne Taylor Moved to the United States from Scotland when he was 12 Enjoys listening to music, practicing photography, watching movies and playing sports with his friends Admires Roger Bannister for defying the odds and breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile after people said it could not be done Also considered Florida State, Clemson and Appalachian State Chose Florida because it is a fine institution in which he has seen himself growing as a student, an athlete and a person.