THIS SEASON: Zara Lukens is beginning her first season of running track for USC. She ran cross country in the Fall.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lukens is a 2007 graduate of Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash...Was a 2005 Greater St. Helens 3-A Cross Country first-team selection...Named to the 2006 3-A Cross Country All-Star team...Helped lead Columbia River to a third-place finish at the WIAA 2006 State Cross Country Championships, placing 12th with a time of 20:01 as the team's top finisher...She also helped lead her team to an undefeated regular season...Was awarded a Distinguished Regents Scholarship from Washington State University (2006-07) which proclaims the student-athlete to be one of the most accomplished in the state of Washington...Was a 2007 National Merit Scholarship finalist...Was No. 1 in her 2007 graduating class...Was Columbian GHSL first team All-League in track (2004-07), Columbian GHSL first team All-League in cross country (2004, 2006), Columbian GHSL second team All-League (2005) and received the track and field WIAA Scholar Athlete Award (2004-07).
PERSONAL: In her spare time likes to read, play the piano and work on political campaigns...Also likes to watch Friends reruns and the Gilmore Girls...Her favorite movies are Legally Blonde, Forest Gump and Sound of Music...Her two favorite foods, though not together, are sushi and peanut butter...Says Venus Williams is her biggest sports hero because she makes awesome noises whenever she hits the ball and becasue she works well being the underdog...Would like to visit Argentina and Chile...Is an International Relations major at USC and would like to pursue a career in law or possibly study foreign affairs in grad school...Plans to get involved in volunteer projects and government after graduation...Zara chose USC because of the amazing weather in Los Angeles and because of her friendship with former high school and current teammate Kat Ellis.