By Courtney Taylor
Photo by Kurt Johnson
As the end of the school year nears, many high school seniors are scrambling to make plans for the fall, wondering where they will go to college and ho
w to pay for it.
Lauren Rawlinson, a senior at Sky View High School in 2016, was not one of these students. She was offered an athletic scholarship for track and field to BYU, and for good reason.
Rawlinson broke Brenna Porter’s school record in the 400 meter with a time of 55.14 and then bettered that when she won the 5A state championship with a 54.80. She was also a region champion is the 400, 200 and 4×100 relay. Rawlinson also competes at 200 meters, where her personal best is 24.97.
“I love the feeling you get when you accomplish the things that you didn’t think you could do,” Rawlinson said. “Setting goals for yourself, and working your guts out to reach it, and after so many tries you finally reach it is one of the most amazing feelings.”
In 2015 she was crowned the 4A 400 state champion, and in 2014 she was placed second after earning 12th as a freshman in 2013.
“Running has helped me in other aspects of my life by teaching me how to never give up even when it gets hard,” Rawlinson said. “I’ve also been taught the importance of setting goals.”
One of her goals has been to get good grades, which she accomplished, allowing her to make it into National Honor Society. Not only does she excel in school and on the track, she has a reputation for being a good person. Teammate Hayley Johnson says that “She’s super humble, very positive, and brings teammates up.”
Rawlinson first started running because of her dad. He ran marathons and she aspired to be like him, so she started running at a young age. Her first experience competing in track and field came as a freshman and she has been running ever since.
“I know it’s going to be hard, but I think it’s going to be a fun and exciting adventure,” Rawlinson said in discussing the challenge of running at the collegiate level.
In the future she wants to major in exercise science. Her previous experience of setting and achieving goals is an indication she will likely reach that goal as well.
Sky View High student Courtney Taylor wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah student journalism program, powered by Bank of American Fork, which will award two of our published student journalists college scholarships at the end of the school year.