Lauren Justus
Lauren Justus
Year: Junior
Hometown: Glendora, Calif.
High School: Glendora High
Position: Distance

Academic Notes: Plans to major in pre-physical therapy.

Personal Bests: 5:25.84@ (Mile), 10:40.94@ (3,000m)

2013 Cross Country: Did not compete.

2012 Cross Country: Competed in five meets... Finished 17th at the George Kyte Classic with a time of 18:23... Finished 25th at the Pac-12 Preview Elite Invite with a time of 18:35... Finished 274th at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational with a time of 21:58... Finished 37th at the Big Sky Championships with a time of 18:55.4... Finished 74th at the Mountain Region Championships with a time of 22:30.

2012 Track & Field: Competed in two meets for the Lumberjacks during the indoor season ... Season best mark in the Mile (5:25.84@) came at the NAU Tune-Up, while her best 3,000m time (10:40.94@) came at the NAU Invite ... Competed in the steeplechase and the 5,000 meters during the outdoor season ... Was NAU’s No. 3 steeplechaser with a time of 11:34.15@ that came at the Tailwind Invite ... Best 5,000m time (18:33.12) came in the season’s inaugural meet, the Willie Williams Invite.

2011 Cross Country: Started her freshman campaign with a bang, finishing 10th at the George Kyte Classic in a time of 18:11.4 ... Ran in her first national-caliber meets at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree (18:35.62; 45th) and the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (22:23.5; 249th) ... Was a solid team contributor in both of the women's postseason races, placing 25th (19:19.88) at the Big Sky Championships and 65th (22:56.5) at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

High School: Named MVP of her cross country and track & field teams ... Was San Gabriel Valley Runner of the Year for four consecutive years ... Placed 5th in the 3-mile at the Woodbridge Invitational with a time of 17:04 (PR)

Personal: Born to George and Wendy Justus on October 12, 1992 ... Has two older brothers, Matthew and Cory, and one older sister, Sarah ... Also considered University of Nevada-Reno and University of Utah before choosing NAU ... Hobbies include wakeboarding and water-skiing ... Chose NAU because of its competitiveness on a national stage, and for her love of NAU's team and coaches