COLUMBIA — Lauren Borduin had two goals for the 2008 track season. She wanted to stay healthy and set personal records. She finished the year by achieving both and ended her high school career May 24 in Jefferson City with the 2008 MSHSAA Class 4 Track and Field state championships in the girls 800-meter run and 1600-meter run.
Borduin, a senior at Rock Bridge, ran her state title 1600 in 4:56.68, a personal best, and she hoped to break the 800 state record of 2:09.78 two hours after running the first race.
“I used up a lot in the mile and I was kind of tired,” Borduin said. “If I had gone out faster and maybe if I had someone to push me that last portion of the race I might have been able to do it.”
Although her time of 2:12.92 in the 800 was short of the record, it was still enough to help her reach a milestone in the Missouri Class 4 girls track championship. Borduin is the first to win the state title in both events in consecutive years. She will be leaving Columbia with three state titles in the 800 and two titles in the 1600.
Rock Bridge coach Neal Blackburn said, “I wanted to make sure that she understood not to take what she accomplished for granted.”
Now that the season is over, Borduin will continue training during the summer before she begins running with the Georgetown University women’s track team in the fall.
“She has that intrinsic motivation that is all too valuable,” Blackburn said, “and I think the system at Georgetown fits her.”
Blackburn said the power and speed training combination that Georgetown offers will be exactly what Borduin needs to excel more in her track and field career. Blackburn has changed his coaching style to adapt to Borduin’s skill.
“I’ve tried to make her training like what it will be at the next level so that it’s not a shock to her system,” he said.
Blackburn, who has had several other runners go on to Division I athletics, said that the amount of running increases greatly, but he expects Borduin will be integrated smoothly into the system.
The only race she is looking at running this summer is the USATF Junior Championships from June 20 to 22 in Columbus, Ohio, though she does not yet know if she’ll be attending. The Junior Championships is for the best high school and college freshman track athletes and will put them through a professional-style weekend of running.
“It gives the kids a taste of what the actual Olympic trials are like,” Blackburn said.
She will also work with her new coach Milton Berg to start getting ready for running at Georgetown.
Borduin said leaving behind her old teammates and friends will be hard, but she hopes to bond with her new teammates, some of whom she has already met.
“I know there is going to be a lot of good girls. Our freshman class is going to be awesome,” Borduin said.