Taiya Shelby - Women's Track and Field - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Taiya Shelby

Sprints

Class Senior
Event Sprints
Hometown Kansas City, Mo.
High School Park Hill
Major Economics • Medicine, Health, and Society
Bio

Career Results

Career Honors
• 2021 Honorable Mention All-America (400 meters)
• 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier
• Two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic (2020, 2021)
• Two-time Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll (2020, 2021)
• Holds school record as member of 4×100 relay (45.81)
• Ranks second all-time at Vanderbilt in the indoor 400 meters (53.07)
• Ranks second all-time at Vanderbilt in the outdoor 400 meters (51.84)
• Ranks second all-time at Vanderbilt in the outdoor 4×400 relay (3:39.71)
• Ranks second all-time at Vanderbilt in the 300 meters (40.27)
• Ranks third all-time at Vanderbilt in the indoor 200 meters (24.35)
• Ranks fifth all-time at Vanderbilt as member of indoor 4×400 relay (3:39.29)
• Ranks eighth all-time at Vanderbilt in the outdoor 200 meters (24.31)
• Ranks eighth all-time at Vanderbilt in the 60 meters (7.82)
• Ranks ninth all-time at Vanderbilt in the outdoor 800 meters (2:07.85)
• Ranks 10th all-time at Vanderbilt in the 100 meters (12.28)

As a Junior (2021)
• Honorable Mention All-America (400 meters)
• Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll
• USTFCCCA All-Academic
• Qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships (400 meters)
• Competed at all four indoor meets and eight outdoor meets
• Finished 17th overall at the NCAA semifinals of the 400 meters (52.63)
• Finished eighth in the 400 meters in NCAA First Round (52.46) and 10th in NCAA quarterfinals (51.84)
• Also finished 15th in NCAA Quarterfinals as member of 4×400 relay team (3:35.06)
• Entered NCAAs ranked No. 17 in the East and No. 37 in the nation in the outdoor 400 meters (52.65)
• Placed 11th in the 400 meters (52.77) at SEC Outdoor Championships (May 15)
• Won the 4×400 relay (3:39.71) and was third in the 800 meters (2:08.85) at Black and Gold Invitational (April 17)
• Won the 400 meters (52.70) and was runner-up in the 4×400 (3:41.78) at Miami Invite (April 10)
• Won the outdoor 800 meters (2:07.85) at Bulldog Relays (March 27)
• Set school record in outdoor 4×100 relay (45.81) at Tiger Classic (March 20)
• Finished indoor season ranked No. 26 in the nation in the 400 meters (53.07)
• Scored at SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 27) with seventh-place finish as member of 4×400 relay (3:39.29)
• Finished ninth in the 400 meters at SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 26); fastest Vandy finish in 25 years (53.07)
• Won the 400 meters (53.42) and 4×400 relay (3:40.57) at Music City Challenge (Feb. 13)
• Won the 400 meters (53.99) and was third as member of the 4×400 (3:44.19) at Vanderbilt Invitational (Jan. 16)

As a Sophomore (2020)
• USTFCCCA All-Academic
• Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll
• Competed in all five indoor meets
• Runner-up in the 200 meters (54.22) at the Music City Challenge (Feb. 15)
• Won silver in the 400 meters (54.64) at the Texas A&M Invitational (Feb. 8)
• Outdoor season canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

As a Freshman (2019)
• In her first collegiate meet, ran a personal best in the 300 meters at 40.27 for an eighth-place finish
• Set a PR in the 60-meter dash at 7.82 at the Vanderbilt Invitational
• Collected a sixth-place finish in the 400 meters at the Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational with a time of 57.06
• Was a member of Vanderbilt’s winning distance medley relay team at the Power Five Invitational
• Finished sixth at the Power Five Invitational in the 200 meters with a time of 24.99
• Finished fifth at the Music City Challenge with a tine of 55.17 in the 400 meter
• Opened the outdoor season with a personal-best at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold Invitational with a time of 12.28 in the 100 meters
• Personal best in the 400 meters (54.16) at the Florida Relays
• Set a PR in the 200 meters at the War Eagle Invitational with a time of 24.58 to finish 16th
• Finished fifth in the 400 meters at the War Eagle Invitational with a time of 54.22

The Shelby File
• Missouri State Champion (800 meters)
• Third in Missouri state championship for 400 meters
• Selected to Team Missouri that competed at Great Southwest Classic where her 4×800-relay team won the championship