FRIDAY, MAY 11: Taylor Ashley Bean isn’t finished re-writing the record book.
The middle distance runner from Virginia State University clocked 2:10.53 in the 800m at the Virginia Tech-Roanoke College Twilight Meet yesterday.
She bettered her old mark of 2:12.72 by more than two seconds, a record she had just set last Sunday at Duke University.
Coach Gerry Swan gave indication few days ago that Bean would run faster times before the season is over, in at least two of the three events at which she has set junior national records to date.
Bean has improved her 800m time on no less than four occasions within the past six weeks.
Her record-breaking run last evening has moved her to sixth place on the NCAA Division II national rankings list.
Her current national ranking represents a jump upwards of 19 places since her Sunday record-breaking performance.
Bean has set four Junior National Record marks at three different distances in the last six weeks. Her athletics odyssey has unfolded as follows:
Friday, March 30 – set a new 1500m record of 4:42.82 displacing the previous record (of 4:45.90) set by older sister Alexis during 2009; the younger Bean set her mark at the Fred Hardy Invite in Richmond, Virginia;
Monday, April 9 –set a new 3000m record with a time of 10:22.82 from her silver medal performance at the CARIFTA Games; that performance represented an improvement of more than 25 seconds to her previous 3000m best time;
Sunday, May 6 — broke the 800m record with a time of 2:12.72 at Duke University, replacing the former mark of 2:13.51 set by older sister Alexis in 2008;
Thursday, May 10 — ran a new 800m record of 2:10.53, bettering her previous junior national record mark, set five days previously, by 2.19 seconds.