Lauren Davenport Johnson

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Lauren competed in the St. Luke’s Women's Fitness Celebration 5km in Boise, Idaho.  The women’s-only race featured around 6,000 people.  Lauren took the lead just before the first mile mark and never looked back, winning in a time of 16:58. 

Lauren competed in the 5th annual Minnesota Mile in Duluth, Minnesota.  The field stayed very tightly packed throughout much of the race because of a very strong headwind coming off Lake Superior.  With a ¼ mile remaining Lauren began to push the pace and the lead pack narrowed  to just four runners.  The top four finishers were separated by less than two seconds at the finish line.  Brenda Martinez from Rancho Cucamonga, California, won the race in a time of 4:45.  Lauren tied for 3rd place, but was moved back to 4th place (in a time of 4:47) after reviewing the finish line footage.
Lauren competed in the Bowerman Athletic Club 5km in Beaverton, Oregon.  Utilizing the race as a tempo, Lauren still managed to win the race with a new road 5km PR of 16:45.  The race, held on Nike's World Campus, benefited the Achon Uganda Children's Fund.  More info on the Achon Uganda Children's Fund can be found here:
Lauren competed in the USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.  Lauren finished a disappointing 12th in her semi-final heat with a time of 4:22.58 and failed to qualify for finals.
 Lauren competed in the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, Tennessee.  Lauren's time of 4:42.63 earned her 6th place.
 Lauren competed in the USA 1 Mile Road Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Lauren's time of 4:48.70 earned her 10th place.
Lauren competed in the 800 m at the Oregon Twilight meet in Eugene, Oregon.  Lauren's time of 2:07.04 earned her 6th place.
Lauren competed in the 1500 m at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, California.  Lauren's time of 4:15.38 earned her 12th place.

Lauren competed in the 1500 m at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Oregon.  Lauren's time of 4:27.10 earned her 4th place. OTC's Sally Kipyego won the race in a meet record of 4:06.23.


Lauren competed in the 1500 m at the Mt. SAC Relay's in Walnut, California.  Lauren's time of 4:18.86 earned her 10th place.


Just two weeks away from USATF Indoor Nationals, Lauren competed in the 800m this weekend for a quick tune-up.  Despite a relatively slow first lap split of :63, Lauren still managed to run an indoor PR of 2:06.70, which was good enough for third place.  Geena Gall of the OTC took home first place with a time of 2:04.36.  Canadian Helen Crofts from Simon Fraser was second in a time of 2:05.03.

                  Racing her first mile of 2011, Lauren took advantage of a very competitive field to record a new mile PR of 4:33.64, narrowly edging out Shalane Flanagan (2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 10km American Record Holder) by 0.17 seconds.  With no set time goal, Lauren’s primary focus for this race was to just compete well against the other top runners.  The race got off to a fast start as the rabbit took the field through the 400m in :66.  The pace slowed for the next 800m before Lauren and Shalane separated themselves from the field with a lap to go.  On the homestretch Lauren outkicked Shalane to take the win.
                       In the first race of the 2011 Indoor season, Lauren competed against Maggie Vessey (2009 World Qualifier of New Balance).  The race plan was to stay on Vessey’s shoulder for the first half of the race, no matter how slow the race went out, and then close as fast as possible.  Lauren’s patience was tested the first 400 meters as they went through in a painfully slow split of :69.  Heading into the last lap, Lauren pulled up beside Vessey and both began their finishing kicks.  Lauren closed her last lap in :60, but it wasn’t enough to beat Vessey.  Vessey crossed the finish line first in a time of 2:09.14, followed by Lauren in 2:10.60.            

                  Less than 90 minutes later, Lauren came back to run the 3 km race.  Utilizing the race as a tempo, Lauren managed to finish 3rd and run a new 3 km PR of 9:39.88.  In the same race, fellow Nike runner Lisa Koll (NCAA 10km record holder and 4-time NCAA Champion) set a new field house record of 8:53.14.

                        In a finishing time of 20:58.5, Lauren led the Bowerman Athletic Club (BAC) at the 2010 USATF Club Cross-Country Championships.  Lauren's time earned her 35th place overall.  Unfortunately, the BAC only had four runners and was unable to field a complete team.  The rest of the BAC results were:  Jane Rudkin (79th, 21:36.3), Kristen Rohde (92nd, 21:53.9), and Natasha Luppov (148th, 22:35.9).  McMillan Elite won the team title with a score of 69 points.  Renee Metivier Baillie of the Running Republic of Boulder won the individual title with a time of 19:50.5 for the 6km race.  Full results can be found here:  Results                
                 Lauren competed for the Bowerman Athletic Club (BAC) today in the 4th race of the 2010 Stumptown XC Series.  The race was held at Pier Park in Portland.  Lauren took home first place honors with her time of 21:58 for the 6km race.  Lauren led the BAC team to the Oregon USATF Club title as well!  The BAC team will travel to Charolette, North Carolina on December 11 to compete against Club teams from all across the nation.
                 Lauren competed in the Bill Dellinger Cross-Country Invitational today in Eugene, Oregon and came home with a great new 6km PR of 20:19.  At the 5km mark in the race Lauren split a new 5km PR of 16:38 and was running in 4th place.  However, breathing problems forced Lauren to slow down considerably the last mile and she faded badly to 8th place.  Lauren's new 5km PR is two minutes faster than her 5km Cross-Country PR less than one year ago.  Lauren continues to see great improvement every month.
                 Lauren raced in the Brooks Harrier Classic Open 3.3 km race today in Albany, Oregon.  Lauren won the Cross-Country race in a time of 11:15.
                 Lauren competed in the first race of the 2010 Stumptown XC Series today at Portland Meadows.  The race was held in conjunction with the Nike Pre Nationals Meet.  Lauren took home first place honors with her time of 17:37 for the 5km Cross-Country race.  Lauren managed to finish over two minutes ahead of the next fastest female finisher.
                 Lauren competed in the Ryan Shay Road Mile in Charlevoix, Michigan today.  Lauren finished in 4:48, which earned her 7th place.  
                 Lauren and Nick were the top finishers in the Runner's on Parade 5km in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, today.  Their winning times were 17:37 and 14:57 respectively.
                  After a series of three good races, Lauren finished her Outdoor season on a disappointing note at the 2010 USATF Outdoor Championships.  Lauren ran a 2:05.97 in the second heat of the women's 800 meter race, and failed to advance to semi-finals. There are three heats in all, and the top 3 finishers in each heat along with the next 7 fastest times advanced to the semi-finals. 
                 Lauren competed in the American Miler Series in Indianapolis to prepare her for the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.  On June 12th, Lauren competed in the 1500 meters (she actually raced at 1:30 a.m. on the 13th due to multiple weather delay's).  Despite torrential rains and very windy conditions, Lauren came away with a third place finish and a new lifetime best of 4:16!  Lauren returned to Indy a week later to get one last race in before heading off to Nationals.  In a very crowded race, Lauren used her speed to her advantage in the last 50 meters to blow away the field with her second fastest time ever in the 800 meters (2:04.61).  Lauren will now focus on her first race of the Outdoor Championships, which is set to go off at 4:55 p.m. CT on Thursday.
                  Lauren competed in the Music City Distance Carnaval in Nashville, Tennessee Saturday night and came home with a huge 800 meter PR of 2:03.95.  The race featured many good professional runners from the USA and other countries.  Lauren's time was a new lifetime personal best and earned her 3rd place.  The time will likely be good enough to earn her a spot on the starting line for the 2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.  Lauren's next race will be June 12th in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Lauren will be in Indiana training at home for the next several weeks to prepare for Outdoor Nationals.
                  Lauren was given a great chance to see what it was like to race some of the best distance runners in the country Saturday night in the Gleukos Women's 1500 meter run at Hayward Field.  The race traditionally starts the Oregon High School State Track and Field Meet, and it consists almost solely of professional runners.  Lauren managed to run a new PR of 4:21.61 and place 6th, seven seconds behind fellow Indiana-born, 2008 Olympian, Amy Begley.  Sally Kipyego won the race with a time of 4:07.82, just edging out Shalene Flanagan who finished second in 4:08.03.
                 Lauren competed in the University of Oregon Twilight Meet Saturday evening and came away with her first victory at Hayward Field!  In a race with many good collegiate and professional runners, Lauren broke away from the pack with 200 meters to go and held on for the win.  After a pedestrian pace of :63.7 through 400 meters, Lauren looked to make a move with 300 meters to go but she wasn't able to find an opening until just before the 200 meter mark.  Lauren opened up an eight meter gap before anyone else was able to respond and held that margin through to the finish.   Lauren's time of 2:07.25 was a new lifetime personal best.  Lauren's next race will most likely be at the end of May.
                 Lauren competed in the Pacific University Track and Field Meet on a windy Saturday afternoon, bringing home 1st and 2nd place finishes.  Lauren's first race of the day was the 400 meters, in which she placed 2nd with a time of :57.62.  Just 38 minutes later Lauren came back to race her second race of the day, the 800 meters.  Despite the little rest, Lauren managed to finish 1st and set a new meet and track record of 2:10.8 (six seconds ahead of 2nd place).  Lauren hopes to use the workout to prepare her for a fast race this coming weekend in Eugene, where she will have lots of great competition.  Lauren's next race will be Saturday, May 8, in Eugene.
                  Lauren competed in the Lewis & Clark Track and Field Meet Saturday, bringing home two 1st place finishes and one meet record.  The day got off to a rough start when the Lauren's first race, the 1500 meters, started 40 minutes behind schedule due to technical difficulties with the timing system.  Despite warming up nearly an hour too early, Lauren managed to stay warmed up enough to run away with her first win of the day.  Lauren's time of 4:30.59 set a new Meet Record.  Just under two hours later Lauren came back to secure her second win of the day in the 800 meter race with a time of 2:12.12.  Although Lauren's times weren't as close to her personal bests as she would have liked, she led both races from start to finish with little competition.  Lauren will continue to focus on hard training for the rest of April and then get Race-ready in May.  Lauren's next race will be Saturday, May 1, in Eugene.
4-2 & 3-2010
                  Lauren competed in the Willamette Track and Field Meet Saturday, bringing home two 1st place finishes, two meet records, and one track record.  Mother Nature decided to make things interesting with record low temperatures and pouring rain.  The wind chill of 33 degrees didn't slow down Lauren on Friday night as she blazed the track in the 1500 meter race with a meet record of 4:29.86.  After the first lap Lauren led the remainder of the race.  Just when we thought the weather couldn't get much worse, we were met the second day of the meet with pouring rain, 30+mph winds, and freezing temperatures.  Once again Lauren would not let Mother Nature get the best of her as she led from start to finish and dominated the 800 meter race with a winning time of 2:09.81.  Lauren's time was not only a meet record, but also a track record.  Lauren broke the record of the famous University of Oregon runner Marla Runyan. 
Oregon Preview
                  Lauren opened up the outdoor track season at Historic Hayward Field this past weekend in front of over 6,000 spectators.  Competing in the 1500 meters, Lauren placed 5th in a new personal best time of 4:28.74.  Lauren ran a gutsy race from the start, running ahead of meet record pace for the first 800 meters along with Sally Kipyego of the Oregon Track Club Elite and Zoe Buckman of Australia.  Not used to racing the longer distance, the fast early pace cost Lauren in the end as she faded to 5th place.  The winner of Lauren's race not only set a new meet record, but Kipyego also recorded the fastest outdoor 1500 meter time on US soil this year.  Buckman recorded the second fastest 1500 meter time on US soil this year.
 USATF Indoor Nationals
                  In her debut USATF National Championship race, Lauren finished 2nd in her heat with an official time of 2:08.56.  Unfortunately, Lauren's time was not fast enough to secure her a place in the finals.  Lauren's time earned her 8th place overall.  Lauren is happy with her first national championship race, and she hopes to use the race as a learning experience for the outdoor season. 
Lauren plans on staying and training in Albuquerque for a couple of weeks, and then begin her outdoor season with a race on March 20.

4th race and 4th straight PR!
Back on the Dempsy indoor track at the Univeristy of Washington, Lauren posted a time of 2:07.84 in the 800 meters Saturday Feburary 13. Lauren's time was a new PR for the 4th straight race this season.  Lauren set the early pace and led the field through 600 meters and ended up finishing 4th in her heat. On Sunday Lauren came back and ran the the 400 meters In the UW open meet posting a PR time of 57.81, which earned her second place.
3rd race, 3rd PR, and 1st place!
Lauren competed in her third indoor track meet on Saturday, and came home with another new indoor 800 PR of 2:08.32.  Lauren's time was fast enough to qualify for the USATF Indoor National Championships!  Not only did Lauren qualify for Nationals with a new indoor PR, but she also blew away the rest of the field winning by 4 seconds!  Lauren was also only 1.5 seconds off from setting a new facility record.  This race gave Lauren an opportunity to race on the same track that hosts the Indoor National Championships on February 27-28th.  Lauren will be racing again on Saturday (February 13) at the University of Washington. 
2nd race, 2nd PR
Lauren competed in her second indoor track meet on Saturday, and came home with another new indoor 800 PR of 2:08.86.  Lauren's time was .36 seconds off from qualifying for the USATF Indoor National Championships.  Although she was happy with a new indoor PR, Lauren was disappointed to come so close but still miss the qualifying mark.  Originally, Lauren was slated to run in the fastest heat of the day, but unfortunately heats were re-seeded and Lauren was forced out of the fastest heat.  Lauren will be racing the 800m on Saturday (February 6) at the University of New Mexico.
The 1st race is in the books!
Lauren competed in her first indoor track meet on Saturday, and came home with a new indoor 800 PR of 2:09.31.  Lauren's time was good enough to secure 3rd place, just two seconds behind first and less than 1 second off from qualifying for the USATF Indoor National Championships (the qualifying mark for the 800m is 2:08.5).  To start off the year recording her second fastest time ever in her debut indoor 800m is an impressive accomplishment, and a good starting block for the rest of the season.