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Julia Lucas

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Julia Lucas

Gender: Female
Birthday: 3/4/1984 - 31 years old
Twitter address: RunJulia


Julia Lucas 2014Name: Julia Lucas
Date of birth
: March 4, 1984
: Charlotte, North Carolina
High School
: Myers Park High School (Charlotte, N.C.)
: North Carolina State, 2007
Current residence
: Eugene, Oregon
Primary event
: 5,000m
Personal bests
 • 5,000m, 15:08.52, 2012
 • 1,500m, 4:05.89, 2013
 • Mile, 4:35.69, 2011
 • 3,000m, 9:01.16, 2012
Career achievements
 • 5,000m
   - 2012 Olympic Trials finalist (4th place)
   - 2013 USA Outdoor Championships finalist
   - Two-time Atlantic Coast champion
 • 3,000m
   - 2004 Penn Relays champion


Why have you chosen to live and train in Eugene? I came here for the chance to train under coach Mark Rowland and with some of the best athletes in the world with OTC Elite. But now, Eugene is home and I love it for the people and the trails and the quirky neighborhoods and many, many things.  

What is the most challenging moment you’ve faced as an athlete? It would be easy for me to point to the 2012 Olympic Trials, wherein I missed out on an Olympic spot by .04 seconds.  But, the truth is that the year that followed was much more difficult. To try desperately, to fail totally, and to choose to try again without reservation has been the hardest part of my career. It's also the reason I'm going to run so fast in the coming years.  

How would you win The Hunger Games? Running is my only physical skill. I'm not an outdoorsman, a strategist or much of a schmoozer. It's actually pretty sobering how little I'd bring to the table here. I do have the experience of faking sick once a week, every single week of my childhood to get out of gym class. So, maybe faking my own death would be the way to go.  

Why have you chosen to run for Coach Rowland? I chose Coach Rowland because he was honest with me. When I came to the OTC, I was in a rough patch in my career and struggling with whether or not I was good enough. He sat me down on the front steps of the Bowerman Building and he told me, "look, I don't know if you can do this, but if you're in then I'm in." He told me that he wasn't going to waste his time or mine, and that he'd appreciate it if I did the same. From that point on, I'd follow him anywhere.  I trust him.  

What is your spirit animal/what animal do you relate to? "And then a she-wolf showed herself. She seemed to show every craving in her leanness." -Dante Alighieri. At the beginning of the year my teammate, Anne Kesselring, sent me this quote, and told me it was her vision for my 2014. I'm hungry and prowling and dangerous. It's perfect.  

What drives you to work so hard? To beat those more talented than I.     

If you could road trip across the country with anyone, who would it be? I could pick anyone on the team. I've loved and hated every one of them in moments, so they've been road trip-tested.

What is your dream job after your athletic career? I'm trying not to think about the rest of my life at this point. I think that any sense of safety or comfort in the future would take the edge away from my now. My goals in this sport are beyond my reach; I need the desperation that comes from jumping without a net.  

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration as an athlete? I’m inspired constantly, every day. Every little guy, underdog, down-and-out long shot who finds the strength to try. They've all got my heart.   

What is the key to your success? A lack of grounding in reality.  

Which teammate inspires you and why? I have to pick? I don't think there's a group as dynamic, strange and inspiring as this one. I am so proud to be standing on the line next to these people.  

What are your other favorite sports? I'm afraid of sports other than running. That's actually how I discovered running; running away from PE class.


My Results

  Pl Rd F/H# Mark Converted Wind Division  
2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
5k 12 F 1 16:09.51 Open  

2013 PreClassic.com - The official Prefontaine Classic website
5k 13 F 1 15:43.65 Open  

2013 Oxy High Performance Meet
1500m 5 F 1 4:05.89  

2013 Payton Jordan - Cardinal Invite
5k 3 F 1 15:23.77 Section 1  

2013 Oregon Relays - OregonRelays.com
1500m 1 F 1 4:16.20 College  

2013 Oregon Preview
3k 1 F 1 9:21.91  

2012 Beach to Beacon 10K
10k Road 6     32:39.8 Open  

2012 Bix 7 Mile
7 Mile Road 3     37:23.00 Open  

2012 USA Olympic Track and Field Trials
5k 3 P 1 15:42.82 Open  
5k 4 F 1 15:19.83 Open  

2012 Oxy High Performance Meet
1500m 4 F 2 4:07.23  

2012 Oregon Twilight
3k 1 F 1 9:14.44  

2012 Payton Jordan - Cardinal Invite
5k 2 F 1 15:08.52 Section 1  

2012 Oregon Relays - OregonRelays.com
1500m 2 F 2 4:10.75  

2012 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k
8k Road 1     25:36 Open  

2012 Oregon Preview
3k 2 F 1 9:16.03 -0.2  

2012 Washington Husky Classic / UW Indoor Open
5k -- F 1 DNF INVITE  

2012 Washington Invitational
3k 4 F 3 9:01.16  

2011 USA Women's 10 km Championship - Official Website
10k Road 4     33:38.60 Open  

2011 Great North City Games - USA vs GB
Mile 5 F 1 4:45.85 Open  

2011 USA 20 km Championships - Official Website
20k Road 10     1:12:24 Open  

2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
1500m 9 P 2 4:17.65 Open  

2011 Oregon Twilight
1500m 4 F 1 4:25.36  

2011 Oregon Relays - OregonRelays.com
5k -- F 1 DNF  

2010 Oregon Preview
3k 2 F 1 9:44.45  



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Julia Lucas and Greta Feldman - Tracktown Tuesdays 2/25/14
Womens 5000m - Prefontaine Classic 2013
Julia Lucas 13th Womens 5000m - Prefontaine Classic 2013
Julia Lucas 3rd Womens 5000 Heat 1 15:23.77 - Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite 2013
3 Minute Highlights - Oregon Preview 2013
Julia Lucas 1st Women's 3000m 9:21.91 - Oregon Preview 2013
OTC Elite Highlight Video 2012
Julia Lucas 4th Womens 5000m 15:19.83 - USA Olympic Track and Field Trials 2012
Julia Lucas Womens 5000m 3rd Semi 1 15:42.82 - USA Olympic Track and Field Trials 2012
Womens 1500 Heat 2 HD - Oxy High Performance Meet 2012