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HUNTINGTON, Ind. - Huntington University alum Lauren (Davenport) Johnson (’09) is less than two weeks away from potentially turning her dream of competing in the Olympics into reality.

On Thursday, July 7, at 6:26 p.m. PDT, Johnson will be one of 30 athletes to toe the line in the 1500 meters at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to vie for the opportunity to make the Team USA roster that will compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

Johnson enters the race having posted the eighth fastest time this year among her USA peers. She clocked in at 4:04.17 last July in Heusden, Belgium to punch her ticket to the time trials where she will need to finish in the top three to represent Team USA later this summer in Rio.

For the Huntington native this will be her first time running in the trials. Johnson qualified in 2012 but injury sidelined her from competing.  

The time trials will be held at Hayward Field, one of the world’s best-known history track and field stadiums and home to the University of Oregon’s track and field teams, located in Eugene, Oregon. Following first round action of the 1500 meters on July 7, the semi-finals will be held on July 8 at 5:03 p.m. PDT while the finals are slated for July 10 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

NBC Olympics will present an unprecedented 76 hours of coverage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra – including more than 60 hours of coverage in primetime. NBC Olympics’ Trials coverage spans nine sports – swimming, track and field, gymnastics, diving, rowing, wrestling, water polo, field hockey, and volleyball.

All events will be live streamed across NBC Sports Live Extra -- NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.

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 including cross country, basketball and track.

The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 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.