Taja Moore is Indiana's first women's discus All-American since 1992
The Penn Relay Carnival is the longest continuously run college track meet in the world and annually draws some of the best crowds in the world for a track meet. The Hoosiers have a steep tradition at the meet, including 13 Championship of America Relay Championships and four Penn Relays Wall of Famers, but IU will look to end a long drought this weekend as the last of those titles came in 1954. The meet begins on Thursday and concludes on Saturday, which live coverage available at ThePennRelays.com and on NBC on Saturday.
Zach Mayhew returns to Philadelphia after winning the Penn Relays 5,000m title last year. He won't defend the title though, as he will instead run on Indiana's Distance Medley and 4xMile Relays. This will be his first foray into running relays at the meet.
NCAA Outdoor Championships - Day 2
2013 Big Ten Outdoor Awards
NCAA Indoor Championships - Day 2
Big Ten Indoor Championships Day 2
Big Ten Indoor Championships Day 1
2011-12 (R-JUNIOR): Cross Country: Helped lead IU to a second place team finish at the Cowboy Jamboree as he crossed the line in 16th overall in a time of 24:23.64 ... placed 29th at Pre-Nationals and was the second Hoosier runner to finish with a time of 24:48 ... earned All-Big Ten honors with an 11th place finish in 23:56 at the Big Ten Championships as IU placed second as a team with its best team score since 1980 ... took sixth place at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 30:21.3 ... ran to a 64th place finish at the NCAA Championships in 30:30.7 as IU finished seventh nationally as a team for a second-consecutive year. Indoor: Clocked a PR 8:04.12 in the 3,000m at the Hoosier Hills ... won the mile at the Indiana Relays in 4:11.57. Outdoor: Advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 10,000m, where he finished 14th ... took the Big Ten 10,000m title with a time of 28:55.06 ... won the Penn Relays 5,000m title in 13:53.94 ... took second in his 5,000m heat at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in 13:54.94 ... clocked a PR in the 800m at the Border Battle, finishing in 1:54.27.
2010-11 (R-SOPHOMORE): Cross Country: Placed seventh to open the season at the Indiana Open ... finished in second place overall and on the team at the Indiana Indercollegiate with a time of 24:36.9 ... crossed the line in 10th place at the adidas Invitational in 23:52, scoring fourth for the team as IU went on to win the team championship in the event ... scored third for IU and 17th overall in the Chile Pepper Festivial at Arkansas ... earned second-team All-Big Ten honors with a 12th place finish at the Big Ten Championships ... rounded out the Hoosier scoring in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional placing 24th ... was the fourth IU runner to cross the line at the NCAA Championships in 78th position as Indiana finished seventh as a team, its best finish since 1977 ... named Academic All-Big Ten. Indoor: Clocked PRs of 8:05.96 in the 3,000m and 13:58.40 in the 5,000m ... took fifth at Big Tens in the 5,000m. Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, where he narrowly missed out on a trip to NCAAs in the 10,000m by taking 14th (12 advance) with a PR time of 29:32.73 ... took sixth in the Big Ten 10,000m ... earned Academic All-Big Ten and USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
2009-10 (R-FRESHMAN): Cross Country: Earned All-Big Ten honors with sixth place overall at Big Tens to pace the Hoosiers in 25:28.9 ... earned All-Region honors with 11th place at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, finishing in 31:23.57 ... finished first for IU twice on the season and was in the IU top-five at every meet ... opened the season with first overall at the Indiana Open in 25:31.96, which earned him Big Ten Runner of the Week honors ... took fifth overall at Indiana Intercollegiate in 24:58, helping IU to the team victory ... placed seventh at the Paul Short Run in 23:49 ... finished in 25:21.25 and took third at the Sam Bell Invitational helping the Hoosiers win with a perfect score of 15 ... named academic All-Big Ten and USTFCCCA All-Academic. Indoor: Finished eighth in the 5,000m at Big Tens, clocking a time of 14:26.05 to earn a points for the Hoosiers ... clocked a PR in the mile at the Gladstein Invitational, finishing in 4:07.08 ... finished the 3K at the Tyson Invite in 8:06.04, a career best ... ran a career best in the 5,000m at the Indiana Relays, finishing in 14:20.64. Outdoor: Advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary Round on the fifth-fastest 10K in IU history, finishing in 29:19.57 at the Stanford Invitational ... finished 14th at the East prelims, just two spots away from advancing the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon ... clocked a career best in the 5K at the Penn Relays, finishing in 14:05.25 ... ran PR's in the 1,500m and 800m at the Border Battle: "Kentuckiana," finishing in 3:47.53 and 1:55.60 respectively ... named Academic All-Big Ten and USTFCCCA All-Academic.
2008-09 (FRESHMAN): Cross Country: Redshirted. Indoor: Redshirted. Outdoor: Redshirted.
PREP: An eight-time letterwinner at Terre Haute North ... was first team all-state in cross country and track in 2007 ... holds PR's in the 800 (1:58), 1,600 (4:28), 3,200 (9:23) and in the 5,000 (15:37) ... earned second team all-state after placing 16th in state cross country meet in 2006 ... helped Terre Haute North to a regional cross country title as a senior.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 27, 1989 ... finance major ... son of Paul and Laura Mayhew.
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