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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington University alum Lauren (Davenport) Johnson will represent the United States in the 1500 meters at the IAAF World Championships set for August 22-30 in Beijing.

The 28-year-old clinched her spot on Team USA earlier this month when she clocked in at 4:04.17 to finish second at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. She had provisionally qualified in last month’s USATF Outdoor Championships by finishing fourth at Hayward Field in Eugene (Ore.) but still needed to hit the minimum qualifying standard of 4:06.5.

Johnson shattered her previous personal best by more than three seconds in Belgium to secure one of the four American spots for the race. She will join Jenny Simpson, brand-new American record holder Shannon Rowbury and Kerri Gallagher on the US women’s 1500 meter team headed to China next month.

Johnson graduated from Huntington University in 2009 as one of the Foresters’ most decorated athletes. She is among HU’s elite having earned NAIA All-America honors in three different sports. Johnson also excelled in the classroom where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Exercise Science in addition to being a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete and member of two national honor societies, Alpha Chi and Chi Alpha Sigma. 

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 222 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations.U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.