Former Wichita State runner Kellyn (Johnson) Taylor made her marathon debut with the sixth-fastest time by an American woman on Sunday in the Houston Marathon.
Taylor ran the 26.2-mile course in two hours, 28 minutes, 40 seconds to finish sixth overall and first among American women. According to David Monti of Race Results Weekly, Taylor’s time ties Shalene Flanagan for debut times. Kara Goucher’s time of 2:25.53 in the 2008 New York City Marathon is the top debut time for an American woman.
Taylor ran for WSU from 2007-09, finishing third in the NCAA Championships indoor mile in 2009 and 10th in the 5,000 meters in the outdoor championships. She also ran at Cloud County Community College.
She lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., and trains with Northern Arizona Elite. In October, she won the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon with a time of 1:12:30.