One On One With Lauren Centrowitz

Feb. 19, 2009

Senior Lauren Centrowitz has been a standout for the Stanford women's track and field team so far this season. She got her season off to a great start by running an NCAA automatic standard in the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:10.99 at the UW Invitational. She then teamed with Maria Lattanzi, Idara Otu and Alicia Follmar to earn an NCAA automatic standard of 11:07.53 in the distance medley relay as well. Then last weekend at the Husky Invitational, Centrowitz just missed the school record in the mile, running 4:37.07. However, the time was another NCAA automatic standard. The Arnold, Md. native took a few minutes to talk with

Describe your performance this past weekend in Seattle:

I ran 4:37.07 this past weekend in the mile to win the race. It's the second fastest time in school history. While I was disappointed to miss setting the school record (I was .07 off), I'm still happy with my performance because we've been training hard and I wasn't feeling that great beforehand.

Explain how you became involved with Cross Country and Distance Track:

It all started with my godfather, Frank Gagliano. He moved out here from DC to coach a professional running group in Palo Alto, the Farm Team, and first put the name Stanford in my head. I'm also really grateful for coach Dena Evans taking a chance on me and recruiting me.

What is one of your favorite memories involving the Track/CC team?

Two of my favorite Track/XC memories are: winning our first NCAA championship title in 2005, despite being the underdogs, and setting the American record in the 4x1500m relay at Penn Relays, because my family and friends were there to watch. My brother also won the 3000m HS race later that day, starting his nasty habit of out-doing me (note- see this weekend's results)

What is your year, major and what do you plan to do next year?

I'm a 5th year senior, finishing a Political Science major and History minor. I want to keep running next year so I'm trying to make that happen. I'm applying to the Univ of MD for a MPP (public policy master's) and will help out the team as a graduate assistant coach.

What are your personal season goals? Team goals?

Our team goals are to improve on our fifth place finish last year at NCAA's and earn a spot on the podium (top 4). Personally, I'd like to be contending for the NCAA title in the DMR and 3K. I'd also like another shot at setting the school record in the mile.

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