2010/FRESHMAN: Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete ... Earned WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honors ... Competed at five invitationals hosted by Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Bakersfield, Santa Clara and Cal State Fullerton as a freshman ... Posted a season-best 5K of 20:20.3 at the Titan Invitation ... Finished fourth among all Pepperdine runners and 13th overall at Bakersfield's Roadrunner Invitational with a mark of 20:20.60.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated with high honors and as Salutatorian in 2010 from King's High School, where she was a four-year varsity letterwinner in cross country and track for head coaches Rod Wilcox and Daunte George ... Career best marks include a 19:54 in the 5K, a two-mile time of 11:49.84, 5:35 in the mile and 2:28.2 in the 800-meter run ... Made the Cascade Conference all-league second team and the East-West Senior All-Star Team following her final year ... Member of four consecutive cross country 1A state championship teams ... Part of a track team that placed third at states in 2010 and won the girl's tri-district championship ... 2009-10 cross country MVP and was team captain for both XC and track ... Lettered in basketball ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... At the club level, ran for the Rain City Flyers in 2006.
PERSONAL: Given name is Makenzie Danielle Taylor ... Born in Seattle and resides in Edmonds, Wash. ... Philosophy major ... Daughter of Dave and Kimberly Taylor ... Sister to Christian and Caleb.
FAVORITES: Seattle Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders (pro sports teams) ... Great Expectations (book) ... Con Air, The Blind Side, The Princess Bride (movies) ... The Office, 24 (TV shows) ... Thai (food) ... Zac Brown, Jack Johnson (musical artists) ... Hobbies include hiking, swimming and biking.