Track and Field: Brainerd grad Johnson-Lane inducted into hall of fame
Brainerd High School graduate Turena Johnson-Lane was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division III Track and Field Hall of Fame in May 2018.
From 1996-97, if there was a distance event contested at an Division III meet, Lane was likely the first across the finish line. She captured five of the eight NCAA titles during that span (NCAA Division III didn't run the 3,000 meters between 1991 and 2013).
A 1997 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Lane continued to run following her Luther career highlighted by a third-place effort at the USA 25K Championships and a sixth-place finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Marathon.
She is the first athlete from Luther College to be inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame.
Lane's collegiate resume includes:
• Seven-time Division III All-American including twice in cross country and five times in track and field.
• Two-time Division III All-American in cross country 1995-96
• Division III individual national champion in cross country 1996
• Iowa Conference cross country MVP 1995-96
• Three-time national track champion outdoors capturing the 10,000 meters title in 1996-97 and the 5,000 meters in 1997
• Division III national champion indoors in 5,000 in 1997
• Division III national runner-up indoors in 5,000 in 1996
• Helped Luther to its only Iowa Conference track and field championship and a fourth-place finish at the 1997 national meet
• Iowa Conference track and field MVP 1997
• Recipient of the 1997 Honda Award as the NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year.