Lauren Blakenship recently became the most successful athlete in the history of Samford University. Not only did she qualify for NCAA Track & Field’s National Championships, she finished 9th. She ran 16:16 at NCAA Regionals and the first round of Nationals, easily the best time in Samford history. Most of you probably have no idea how fast this is, it is hard for even me to comprehend. It would be the equivalent of a male running about 13:50 for the 3.1 mile distance. As a former Samford runner and current record holder, I am in awe.

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