Lauren Davenport Johnson

Professional Distance Runner
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2/9/13 Husky Classic
4:33.06 Mile, 4th place

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Coach:                  Mark Rowland
Sponsors:             Oregon Track Club Elite, Nike, PowerBar



400 meters    
800 meters    
1500 meters  
1 Mile
3 km

400 meters
400 meter Hurdles
800 meters
1500 meters
1 mile Road
3 km Steeplechase
5 km Road 
5 km XC 
6 km XC
*Indicates time was achieved at altitude
About me:

Hometown:          Huntington, Indiana
High School:         Huntington North High School (2005)
College:                Huntington University (2009)
Education:            BS in Exercise Science
                     Husband: Nicholas Johnson
                     Pets:               Raven (Black Lab)     
                                          Luna (American Eskimo)

              Parents:   Garrett & Jody Davenport
              Siblings:   Austen and Liesl Davenport



Going into the Olympic year I was looking to take my training to the next level. My coach was now coaching his wife, Amy Begley, and we decided to move to Eugene, Oregon, to live and train together. Unfortunately, Amy got injured and had to move back to Portland, and I ended up spending nearly all of my time training alone. I had a very strong indoor season, which started with a PR in the 3km, followed by a competitive mile, and culminated in a 4th place finish in the 1500m at the USATF Indoor Championships. After Indoor Nationals I had to take some down time to allow an injury to heal. My first outdoor race was definitely a rust-buster. After getting that race out of the way, I started racing much better. I ran a PR in the 1500m at the Payton Jordan Invitational, won my debut in the 3km steeplechase, both of which qualified me for the Olympic Trials. My buildup to the Trials was progressing very well until the first weekend of May, when I injured my right lower leg. It was diagnosed as an Achilles injury. With it being so close to the Trials, my coach and I decided to try to train through the injury so that I'd still be able to race. Two weeks before the Trials my injury got a lot worse, I was not able to run, and I had to make the agonizing decision to drop out of the Trials. 

A few weeks later an MRI showed that my Achilles was perfectly fine, and that I was actually suffering from Os Trigonum Syndrome. I had an extra bone in my ankle, the Os Trigonum, which I had broken. The first week of August I had surgery to have the bone removed. I found an amazing surgeon, Dr. Timothy Mineo (with Legacy Health in Gresham, Oregon), and he performed the surgery. The surgery went extremely well, and the nickel-sized bone was removed without any complications. The rest of the year is going to be dedicated to rehab, recovery, and returning to training.

Nick and I wanted to continue to live and train in Eugene, and I knew that long distance coaching would not work well for me. With my coach's commitments in Beaverton, Oregon, we both decided it would be best to part ways. That opened up the opportunity for me to join the Oregon Track Club Elite this fall. I am excited to be a part of a team again, and I look forward to training and racing with my new teammates. 

2012 PR's:
1500m - 4:11
3km - 9:17
3km Steeple - 10:04


This year was a learning experience for me. I had a solid indoor season, in which I ran a new mile PR of 4:33. However, a severe ankle sprain the week before the USATF Championships ended my indoor season and severely hampered my outdoor season. I struggled with confidence and did not consistently compete well throughout the outdoor season. This year showed me that I had a lot to learn about racing, both physically and mentally.

2011 PR's:
1500m - 4:15
Mile - 4:33
5km Road - 16:45


In January Nick and I took advantage of a great opportunity and moved to Beaverton, Oregon, to train under coach Andrew Begley (husband of 2008 Olympian Amy Yoder-Begley). Andrew and Amy assisted Nick and I in many ways, and helped me to make the transition from college running to professional running. In my first year with Coach Begley I lowered my PR's in every distance from 800 meters to 6 km, and qualified for both the indoor and outdoor USATF Championships in the 800 meters. 

2010 PR's:
800m - 2:03
1500m - 4:16
6km XC - 20:19


I attended Huntington University (a small NAIA school in Northeast Indiana) on a basketball and track scholarship. I played basketball July-March and then turned my focus to track for the short remainder of the outdoor season. While I was competitive at the NAIA level, I didn't start to think of myself as a good runner until my senior year of track. During the basketball season I had committed to running easy mileage a couple of nights a week on top of basketball games and practices. That extra work carried over to the track season, and I dropped my 800m PR from 2:19 to 2:07. I placed fourth at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships, which earned me my second NAIA All-American honors. I had already been named an All-American in basketball that same year. Following graduation I returned for one semester to finish some coursework in preparation for Grad school, and competed for the cross-country team. I earned my third All-American honor that season and decided to dedicate my full attention to running.

College PR's:
400m - 57.05
400m Hurdles - 1:03.03
800m - 2:07
1500m - 4:48
5km Road - 17:36
5km XC - 18:17


High School:

Ever since I was four years old, my primary athletic focus was basketball. I was a four year varsity starter for my high school team. I also ran track for four years and cross-country for my junior and senior year. 

High School PR's:
300m Hurdles - 47.2
400m - 59.7
800m - 2:21
1600m - 5:38
4km XC - 15:31