On Nov. 18 in Tallahassee, Florida, the Taylor women’s cross country team capped off an undefeated season with the first national championship in program history — topping the 36-team field.
In head coach Aaron Mingo’s second season, Taylor’s football team took a step forward on the process toward the team’s goal of being the best Christian college football program in the country.
Basketball season arriving means that fall sports are coming to a close. Altogether, it has been a successful season for all eight of Taylor’s competitive teams.
Last season, the Taylor men’s basketball team finished a disappointing 9-21, a record that they are confident to improve on this upcoming season.
The Taylor University Athletic Department released their annual report in accordance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act.
Many people complain that the current college football world is not competitive enough. Six of the last 10 national champions have been from the SEC, a Power 5 conference. Of the other four champions, the ACC, another Power 5 conference, has accounted for three of those champions with Ohio State being the other winner from the Big Ten, also a Power 5 conference.
In a five-set match for the ages, No. 13 Taylor beat No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan 3-2 on Sept. 24 in a rowdy Odle Arena. Coming into the match, Taylor played two games that week, a five-set loss to Saint Francis and a sweep over Huntington. “The Saint Francis game showed us that we were starting to get complacent, and we walked into that gym assuming we were going to win without a fight,” junior Anna Frey said.
Despite never playing a live snap for the Taylor football team, senior Sam Wilkinson has had a large impact on the team on and off the field. Wilkinson came to Taylor from Western Boone High School in Thorntown, Indiana where he was an offensive lineman on a state championship winning team in 2018, his senior year. He also drew attention from Franklin College and Eureka College, two NCAA Division III schools, but felt that Taylor was where he needed to be and signed for the Trojans.
On August 29th, Lorne Oke was hired as the men’s and women’s head golf coach for Taylor University. Oke takes over two programs that have had incredible success in recent memory with the men’s team winning the past six Crossroads League titles and the women’s team winning four out of the past five, falling just short last season by two strokes.