Cotton is men's top finisher in 13th, Clay is again top finisher for women
2012 cross country season: Ran No. 7 for UC and 158th overall at Vanderbilt University's Commodore Classic at Percy Ward Park in Nashville, finishing the 6k course in 25:11.70...finished 76th overall in the open division of the All-Ohio Collegiate Championships at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, running the 5k course in 20:49.84...was 232nd at the Pre-Nationals Invitational at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville in the unseeded race, completing the 6k course in 25:45.1
2011 cross country season:Had the 22nd fastest combined times at the VMI Relays, finishing her first 1.5-mile leg in 9:49 and second in 9:57 for a combined time of 19:46; teamed with Cortney Staruch (9:01 + 9:25 = 18:26) to finish eighth as a relay team in 38:12...finished 36th overall and No. 7 for UC at the Queen City Invitational at A.J. Jolly Park in Alexandria, Ky., running the 5k course in 19:58.9...was 58th overall and No. 6 for UC at Vanderbilt University's Commodore Classic at Percy Ward Park in Nashville, circuiting the 5k course in 19:42.6...finished 40th overall and No. 5 for UC at the All-Ohio Collegiate Championships at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, running the 5k course in 19:16.40...finished 254th overall and No. 6 for UC at the Pre-Nationals meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., completing the 6k course in 24:29...was 88th overall and a season-best No. 3 for UC at the BIG EAST Conference championship meet at Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, running the 6k course in 22:54.6...finished 150th overall and No. 6 for UC at the NCAA Great Lakes Region meet at the Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo, running the 6k course in 23:24.8.
Collegiate career bests: 5k - 19:16.40 (2011 All-Ohio) 6k - 22:54.6 (2011 BIG EAST)
High school: Four-year Ohio state cross country championship qualifier...four years varsity...team captain as a senior...team MVP for indoor and outdoor track teams as a senior...member of the National Honor Society...A/B honor roll for four years...graduated with honors.
A FEW THINGS ABOUT LAUREN...
Family: father Richard and mother Kimberly, older sister Kristen who recently graduated from Wright State University and ran cross country there.
Favorite place to eat?: Chipotle or Chick-fil-A
Favorite TV show?: Pretty Little Liars, Bones
Favorite other form of entertainment?: I really enjoy reading and playing guitar.
Favorite thing to do when not studying or training: Practice guitar!
Favorite music to listen to on a training run?: Anything that can get you pumped up!
Favorite place in Cincinnati?: Fountain Square because of the concerts and events and especially ice skating in the winter!
Why did you choose UC?: I was interested in the DAAP program and also it is close to home.
Future career plans?: I plan on working at a design firm or even starting something on my own.
Anything else?: My teammates call me Taylor Swift because I'm always playing and singing her songs for them!