THIS SEASON: Redshirt sophomore Lauren Grego begins her second season of running track and field for the Trojans. She has also competed in two cross country seasons for the Trojans. Has battled injuries since she arrived at USC and had her 2014 cross country season cut short due to injury, but is expected to be back for the track and field season.
2014: In her first season of competition at USC in track and field, Grego had an 800m best of 2:19.07 at the Long Beach Invitational on April 19. She also posted a 1500m PR of 4:51.54 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18. She had a strong start to the 2014 cross country season at the Mark Covert Classic on Aug. 30 as the Trojans' third finisher and seventh overall with a time of 18:33.6, less than two seconds off her PR.
2013: Redshirted due to injury. Missed the 2012 cross country season, but was able to complete in cross country this past Fall. In her first collegiate race she place second among the Trojans and fifth overall with a PR of 18:31.9 at the Mark Covert Classic to open the season on Aug. 31. Was 18th with a time of 19:18 at the Aztec Invitational to help lead the Trojans to a second place finish.
HIGH SCHOOL: Grego is a 2012 graduate of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. where she earned 12 varsity letters and was the MVP in cross country and track...As a senior she had a 3-mile cross country best of 17:31 to place sixth in the varsity rated race at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic...Set a PR in the 800m race to finish eighth at the CIF Division 1 Prelims with a time of 2:16.21 and also placed seventh in the 1600m race with a time of 5:04.71...Had a PR of 5:00.42 to place seventh at the Orange County Championships
PERSONAL: Lauren was born on June 25, 1994 in Irvine, Calif...Her parents are Victoria and Robert and she has three brothers, Nathan, Ragan and Austin...Her hobbies include surfing, drinking coffee and being outdoors...Lists her favorite musical artists as Jack Johnson and Bob Marley, favorite television show as Gossip Girl, favorite actress as Reese Witherspoon and favorite movie as Zoolander...Her sports hero is Steve Prefontaine because he had confidence and never stopped giving his all...Likes Mexican food...Would like to travel to Europe...Her major is Human Biology with a minor in Spanish...After USC would like to go to Physician Assistant School, become a physician assistant and volunteer abroad....Has been on mission trips to Panama and Mexico and has done medical outreach in Guatemala...Has also worked with USC Navigators and the organization Volunteers Around the World.