Lauren Paquette


1500m – 4:09.86 (2009)
3,000m – 8:47.81 (2018)
5,000m – 15:10.01 (2020)
10,000m – 31:53.72 (2020)

Lauren, like many runners, started as a middle distance runner in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. She remained an 800- and 1500-meter runner throughout college and into the beginning of her post-collegiate career. It was when she tried the 5,000 meters, however, that she finally found out she was a distance runner. In her first professional try at the distance she won the 2016 Mt Sac Relays in 15:20.44.

After graduating from Baylor University in 2008, Lauren chose to focus on the 800 and 1500, eventually setting personal bests of 2:02.97 and 4:09.86. In 2016, she switched her focus to the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, and has had an enormous amount of success in those events. She qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 5,000. In 2017, she finished third at the Cork City Sports meet in the 3,000 meters, running a then best of 8:56.99. In 2018, she finished fourth at the USATF Championships in the 5,000 and ran an outdoor personal best of 8:48.65 in the 3,000 at the London Anniversary Games. In 2019, she came within two tenths of a second of her best at 5,000 meters, running 15:14.64. Lauren joined HOKA NAZ Elite in January of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, was unable to race until July. She finished third at the KT Tape St. George Showdown over 5,000 meters in her first competition as a member of the team. Then, in late August, she won the Sunset Tour 5,000 in a new PB of 15:10.01 and followed that up with a 31:53.72 over 10,000 meters at the HOKA Distance Carnival.

At Baylor, Lauren set school records in the outdoor 1,500 meters (4:15.01), and 4×800 (8:28.48) and 4×1600 (19:05.8) relays. She had a stellar senior year in which she finished 35th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships and won Big 12 Championships in the indoor distance medley relay and the outdoor 800 meters. At the NCAA Indoor Championships she was eighth in the 3,000 meters and anchored the Bears to an eighth-place finish in the DMR. She finished her collegiate career with a seventh-place finish in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

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