High school athlete continues mother's winning tradition

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- High school senior, Taylor Arbour, mastered the multi-sport balancing act: tackling basketball, softball and track during her time with the Pirates at Bay Port High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Taylor Arbour in hurdles practice (WBAY photo)

It's all part of a winning tradition started by her mother years ago.

“They’re always like, 'Oh Leann Hudson,' because that's her maiden name, they know who she is, they talk about watching her play and how she was so fast and good,” said Taylor.

Leann Hudson's legacy was on the court. She led the Bay Port girls basketball team to their first ever state tournament appearance in 1988.

“She’s always been the influence to do sports. She always wanted to do everything," said Taylor.

Almost 30 years later, Taylor is working on her own Bay Port legacy in a sport she took up just a year ago.

The longtime softball and basketball player made a sudden switch to track and field.

“Varsity is a lot more intense especially the workouts. When I got here we started off right away with like 12x200s which wasn't really fun, but it's worth it,” said Taylor.

“She's a fighter. She's competitive. You see it in her eyes, you see it in her attitude, and you see it in the way she warms up. She's focused, and she wants to do well,” said Pirates Head Track and Field Coach, Victory Murphy.

Taylor returned for her senior track season more motivated than ever. In 2016, the Bay Port Pirates relay team fell just short of a state qualifying time in the 4 x 100 relay: 1.08 short to be exact.

“I don't want to lose. I don’t like it," said Taylor.

It's still early in the season, but Taylor is off to a strong start. She's part of a 4 x 200 relay team that posted a 1:50.72 time to take 4th out of 19 at the Oshkosh High School Invitational.

“She's just got some determination that you don't always teach,” said Murphy.

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