Turena Johnson-Lane '97 Inducted Into USTFCCCA NCAA DIII Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) inducted four individuals into the NCAA III Track & Field Athletic Hall of Fame at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships banquet held May 23, 2018 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Among the four was Luther College great Turena Johnson-Lane '97.

From 1996 to 1997, if there was a distance event contested at an NCAA meet, Johnson would likely be the first across the finish line. In fact, Johnson captured five of the eight NCAA titles during that span (NCAA DIII didn’t run the 3000 between 1991 and 2013).

Johnson's collegiate resume included:

  • Seven-time NCAA III All-American that included twice in cross country and five times in track and field
  • Two-time NCAA III All-American in cross country - 1995, 1996
  • NCAA III individual national champion in cross country - 1996
  • Iowa Conference cross country MVP - 1995, 1996
  • Three-time national track champion outdoors capturing 10,000 title in 1996 and 1997 and 5000 in 1997
  • NCAA III national champion indoors in 5000 - 1997
  • NCAA III national runner-up indoors in 5000 - 1996
  • Helped lead Luther to its only Iowa Conference track and field championship and a fourth place finish at national meet - 1997
  • Iowa Conference track and field MVP - 1997
  • Honda Award for the NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year - 1997

Johnson continued to run following her Luther career which was 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.

Johnson is the first athlete from Luther College to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2018 also included Kevin Foley (Haverford College), Carolyn Ross (Augsburg College) and Arnie Schrader (UW-Stevens Point).


Turena Johnson-Lane '97
Turena Johnson-Lane '97
Turena Johnson-Lane '97

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