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Cheryl Taplin
Position: Sprints
Height: 5'5"
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Seattle, Wash.
High School: Cleveland HS
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Cheryl Taplin Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/22/2006

Major: Child Psychology
Birthdate: September 2, 1972

Three-time NCAA champion
16-time All-American
Five-time SEC champion

A four-year letterwinner for the Lady Tigers from 1991-94, she finished her career as a three-time NCAA champion and 16-time All-American ... Still ranks among the Lady Tigers’ all-time top-10 in the 55 meters (6.72) and the 100 meters (11.07)

1994
Finished her career by earning All-American honors in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Also earned her third straight All-America honor in the 55 meters during the indoor season ... Successfully defended her SEC 100-meter title at the outdoor conference championships, crossing the line in 11.14 ... Established a new Bernie Moore Stadium record in the 100 meters, clocking 11.07 ... Ran the anchor leg on the Lady Tigers’ 4x200-meter relay team that set a new American record in the event with a time of 1:32.55 at the Penn Relays ... Finished her career ranked fourth on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the 55 meters (6.72) and fifth in the 200 meters (23.81) ... Was also second on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the 100 meters (11.07) and fourth in the 200 meters (22.88).

1993
Earned three All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Anchored the Lady Tigers to a national title in the 4x100-meter relay (43.49) ... Also finished third in the 100 meters (11.47) and eighth in the 200 meters (23.53) at the national meet ... Won the 100 (11.32) and finished second in the 200 (23.18) at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Did not lose a 100-meter race all year until arriving at the NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Took home double first-place finishes at the Alumni Gold Invite and Gatorade Track Classic ... Won the 100 meters (11.33) at the Penn Relays ... Finished the year with the fourth fastest 100 (11.23) and 200 (23.04) times in LSU history ... During the indoor season earned another two All-America honors, finishing second in the 55 meters (6.78) and sixth in the 200 meters (23.85) at the NCAA Championships ... Was undefeated in 55 meters, winning 13 consecutive races until she placed second in the finals of the national championships ... Captured the 55-meter title (6.76) at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Also placed sixth in the 200 meters at the indoor conference meet ... Posted the SEC’s top time in the 55 meters (6.74) and fourth fastest time in the 200 meters (23.84ot) during the 1993 indoor season ... Finished the year with the fourth-fastest 55 time (6.74) and fifth-fastest 200 time (23.81) in LSU history.

1992
Competed in the Olympic Trials and made it to the semifinal round in the 100 meters ... Her best time (11.39) came in the second round ... Enjoyed an outstanding NCAA Outdoor meet, earning a trio of All-America honors ... Ran the second leg on the Lady Tigers’ national champion 4x100-meter relay team (43.03) that broke the Memorial Stadium record (43.00) in the semifinals ... Also finished fourth in the 100 meters (11.37) and 200 meters (23.42) at the outdoor nationals ... Ran the second leg on the 4x100-meter relay team that won the SEC title (43.89) ... Individually, placed fourth in the 100 (11.39w) and 200 (23.56) at the conference meet ... Captured the 100-meter title (11.72) at Tiger Tracks Invite ... Was a member of 4x100-meter relay teams that won titles at the Tiger Tracks Invite, Texas Relays, UTEP Invite, Purple Tiger and Penn Relays ... Placed no lower than fourth in any event entered during the entire outdoor season ... During the indoor season earned All-America honors in the 55 meters, finishing seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships (6.91) ... Finished third in the event at the SEC Indoors (7.00) ... Best 55-meter finish was a second-place showing (6.91) at the Iowa State Classic ... Finished the indoor season with the fifth-best 55 (6.87) and seventh-best 200 (24.37ot) marks in school history as well as the sixth-best 100 and 200-meter times in LSU outdoor history.

1991
Earned outdoor All-American honors as a member of the Lady Tigers’ runner-up 4x100-meter relay team at the NCAA Championships ... Also posted a season best of 11.29 in the 100 meters at that meet ... Was the only freshman at the NCAA Outdoors to qualify to both the 100 and 200-meter (fifth, 23.31w) finals ... Earned All-SEC honors as a member of the conference champion 4x100-meter relay team ... Also finished fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at the SEC Outdoors ... Was the TAC Junior runner-up in 100 meters (11.41) ... Recorded top-10 finishes on 15 different occasions ... Won the 100 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold Classic and the Tiger Tracks Open ... Was also a member of the first-place sprint medley relay team at the Texas Relays ... Recorded a season best of 6.99 in the 55 meters during the indoor season.

PREP CAREER
The only person ever to win two or more state titles in the same four events while in high school ... Won a total of 19 state titles -- 13 outdoors and six indoors ... Set both the 200-meter record and the 100-meter record in 1990 ... Finished second in the 1989 Junior Olympics held in Spokane ... Helped her high school team to the state title as a junior as well as runner-up finishes during her freshman and sophomore seasons and a fourth-place showing during her senior year. 

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