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Athlete of the Week: Aaron Taylor

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Over the past couple month's East High's Aaron Taylor has burst on to the Iowa track scene.

"He's by far exceeded our expectations of him this year," Tim Moses said.

Despite that surprise, East High head coach knew he had something special the first time he saw Aaron as a freshman 2 years ago.

"When I saw him, I was like wow, is that Adrian Petersen, cause he had his shirt off, he was walking. The kid is phenomenal," Moses said.

"No matter where I go somebody always says, dude, you're like Adrian Petersen. I was like I know. When I went down to Minnesota over the summer I actually got asked for my autograph," Taylor said.

Aaron , a solid athlete during his freshman and sophomore years, has jumped to the ranks of the elite as a junior so far tying a 33-year-old East High record, while so far putting up the state's best time in the in the 200. He's also raced to the 4th best mark in the 100.

"The thing about Aaron that's allowed him to get to where he's at right now today is his work ethic, his commitment to excellence, and he displays that every day he comes out here to work," Moses said.

As for the 3 faster times in the 100 this season, all of them have been put up by Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area athletes, and that's no doubt a motivating factor for Aaron Taylor.

"James Harrington and Tyrell Martin, the best in the state are right here in my backyard, so they drive me to be my best," Taylor said.

As does his own family, Aaron's carrying on a strong legacy started by his mom, a former East High track star in the 1970's.

"She always is telling me about her glory days and how she went to state and Drake, and I was like wow, I just want to be like her and want to be down there, make history, and try to do what I can do for East High, have something to talk about with my kids, when I have some," Taylor said.

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