Arizona State: National runner-up in the discus with a personal-best throw of 54.79m (179-09) to earn All-America honors and help team to 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championship title... her toss of 54.79m in the discus at the national meet ranks seventh all-time at ASU... ranks fourth all-time in the indoor weight throw (18.51m/60-08.75)... ranks third in the hammer (59.46m/195-01)... 2007 Outdoor: Earned her first All-America honor by placing second in the discus with a personal best toss of 54.79m (179-09)... improved her personal best mark in the event in the West Region meet (53.03m/174-00) to finish fourth before bettering it national qualifying (53.69m/176-02) and then again in the finals... also competed in the hammer at the NCAA meet, placing 17th... scored at the Pac-10 Championships in the discus (sixth in 51.50m) and the hammer (seventh in 56.82m)... threw a personal best mark of 14.55m (47-09.00) to place 10th at the Pac-10 Championships... placed 11th in the region in the hammer... 2007 Indoor: Scored at the MPSF Championships by placing fourth in the weight throw (18.39m/60-04.00)... recorded personal best marks in the weight throw (18.51m/60-08.75) and shot put (14.21m/46-07.50) to finish second and fourth, respectively, at the Southwest Invitational.
Moorpark CC: Earned her Associates from Moorpark Community College in 2006... earned five NJCAA All-America honors, including two each in the hammer and discus and one in the shot put... twice won the discus and the hammer events at the California State meet... selected as the Ventura County Athlete of the Year in 2005 and 2006... also earned California State Meet Most Valuable Field Event Athlete in 2006... earned a pair of USATF Junior National All-America awards at the 2004 meet.
High School: A 2004 graduate of Will. C. Wood High School (Vacaville, Calif.)... holds school records in the discus and shot put... won the 2004 California State Hammer Championship... also placed third in the discus at the state meet... named the team's Most Outstanding Athlete three times (2002, 2003, 2004)... selected all-league five times, including three times in shot put and twice in the discus... lettered four times in basketball and three times in track & field.
Personal: Majoring in justice studies... mother is JR Russell... one brother: Rayshawn... born May 4, 1986, in Redwood City, Calif.... hobbies include listening to music, riding horses, hiking, playing basketball and cooking... full name is Taiyshawna Teniece Tonique Battle.
Personal Bests - Discus: 179-09, Hammer: 195-01, Shot Put: 47-9.00
IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS (* = All-America honor earned) Meet
Place 2007 Outdoor Track & Field
2nd * 2007 Outdoor Track & Field