Named 2020 SEC Cross Country Freshman of the Year on voting by league coaches … Becomes the 11th Razorback to earn the award since 2001 and an Arkansas runner has claimed the honor four of the past five years … Two previous recipients of the award were teammates with Ewert on the 2020 team – Lauren Gregory (2017) and Abby Gray (2016) … Top freshman finisher in SEC Championships, earning second team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC honors, in placing 10th overall and covered the 6,000m course in 20:21.6 at Baton Rouge … Fourth finisher among Razorbacks as Arkansas scored 41 points to win the SEC team title off a 4-7-9-10-11 finish …
Won 5k race at SEC Preview in Baton Rouge, La., in her debut race with the Razorbacks and set a course record with a personal best time of 16:53.7 … Earned SEC Co-Runner of the Week honors from her victory as Arkansas posted a perfect score of 15 points for the team win … Bettered her high school best time of 16:57.9 in first collegiate race … In debut race at 6,000m, posted a time of 20:15.1 to place fourth in the Gans Creek Classic hosted by Missouri, finishing third among Razorbacks as Arkansas won team title with 20 points … Selected as SEC Freshman of the Week for her performance … Fourth Razorback during UAB Blazer Classic, placing 10th in field with a 20:31.5 on 6k course, as Arkansas won third team title of season … Currently has produced fastest times by a freshman during the 2020 season in both the 5k and 6k.
Selected as the National Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year for 2019-20 … Twice named Gatorade Ohio Athlete of the Year in cross country for 2018 and 2019 seasons …. Earned Gatorade Ohio Athlete of the Year for track and field in 2020 … 2020 honors graduate of Beavercreek High School … Coached by Howard Russ and James Weckesser … Broke school records in mile (4:48.01), 1,600m (4:49.07 ind), 2 mile (10:18.94 ind), 3,200m (10:17.85), 5,000m (16:57 xc) and 2,000m steeplechase (6:33.61), which ranks No. 5 performer with No. 9 performance on all-time high school list …
Became first female runner to place in top 10 at both Nike Nationals and Foot Locker Nationals in consecutive years … Member of cross country team that won Ohio state championship during her junior and senior season … In 2019, cross country team qualified for Nike Cross Country Nationals after finishing second in regionals … In senior season (2019-20), won State title in cross country, placed second in Nike Nationals, and sixth in Foot Locker Nationals … Defended her indoor State titles in 1,600 and 3,200 … During junior season (2018-19), won State cross country title, finished third at Nike Nationals, fourth at Foot Locker Nationals … Claimed indoor State titles in 1,600 and 3,200, finished third in 2 mile at New Balance Nationals … Outdoors, won State 3,200, won steeplechase at New Balance Nationals and finished second in mile … Also ran on second-place 4×800 (split 2:10.17 on anchor) at NB Nationals, and anchored runner-up distance medley (4:54.42) at Penn Relays … Sophomore (2017-18), placed third in State cross country, 18th at Nike Nationals … Won indoor State 3,200, and placed third in outdoor State 3,200 … Won steeplechase at New Balance Nationals … Freshman (2016-17), finished 13th in State cross country … Qualified for regionals in 1,600 during track season … Lettered four years in cross country, and four years in track and field … Member of Art club.
Competes in racewalk with Southwest Ohio Track Club, coached by her mother Teri … Qualified for 2020 Olympic Trials in 20km racewalk after setting American U20 and national high school record of 1:38:55 at 2019 USATF U20 Race Walk Championships … Member of Team USA during Pan Am Juniors in Trujillo, Peru (2017) and San Jose, Costa Rica (2019), as well as 2018 World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland … Placed 10th in 10km racewalk in 2018 World U20 Championships with a time of 45:57.81, which ranked No. 1 on the U18 world list for that season … In 2019 earned special recognition on Track & Field News All-America team … Holds seven national high school records and seven American U20 records in racewalk, ranging in distances from 1,500m to 20km.
HS best times: 800 (2:15.44), 1600 (4:51.25), Mile (4:48.01), 2k Steeple (6:33.61), 3200 (10:17.85). Indoor: 1500 (4:30.98), 1600 (4:49.07), Mile (4:50.07), 3000 (9:40.90), 3200 (10:28.85), 2 Mile (10:18.94).
Cross country: 16:57.9 (5k)
Taylor Margaret Ewert was born November 21, 2001 in Lancaster, California … Hometown is Beavercreek, Ohio … Parents are Brian and Teri Ewert, who competed in cross country, track and field at Syracuse … Has two brothers, Ben and Connor … Majoring in Geology … Career plans include running or racewalking as a professional athlete … Ambition is to become the best in her sport or occupation … Favorite athlete is Deena Kastor, distance runner and Arkansas alum, while the person she most admires is her mom … Loves art, spending free time drawing or painting, also enjoys hiking, gardening and other outdoor activities … Chose Arkansas for the coaching staff, team environment and history of the program.