Events: 200M (OUT: 24.76), 400M (IN: 56.86; OUT: 53.61)
Competed in only two meets as a true freshman before missing the remainder of the season through injury … Helped the Lady Tigers win the 4x400-meter relay in their season opener at the LSU Indoor Invitational with a time of 3 minutes, 49.46 seconds … Ran 56.86 seconds for ninth place in her only 400-meter race of the indoor season at the Auburn Indoor Invitational … Did not compete during the outdoor season.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the premier 400-meter recruits at the prep level in the United States for the Class of 2014 … Capped her junior season in 2013 by winning the young women’s silver medal in the 400-meter final at the USA Track & Field National Junior Olympics Championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina … Sprinted to a personal best of 53.61 in the final to win the USATF National Junior Olympics silver medal … Clocked the fastest time of the preliminary round at 53.79 to advance to the national final … Ended the 2013 outdoor season as the No. 9-ranked 400-meter runner among all classifications and the No. 3-ranked member of the Class of 2014 at the prep level in the United States … Crowned the Ohio Division II outdoor state champion in the 400 meters during her junior season at Meadowdale High School in 2013 … Clocked a winning time of 54.04 in the state final to win her first career state championship in Ohio … Also anchored Meadowdale High School to the Division II outdoor state title in the 4x400-meter relay in 2013 … Defended her Ohio Division II outdoor state championships in the 400 meters (53.98) and 4x400-meter relay during her senior season in 2014, leading Meadowdale High School to the Ohio Division II team title … Anchored Meadowdale High School to a state championship in the 4x400 relay during the 2014 indoor season … Swept 400-meter titles at the district and regional meets en route to winning the state championship in 2013 … Won the Division 2-Region 8 crown in the state of Ohio with a time of 54.25 … Had a winning run of 56.05 at the 2013 district meet … Captured the Ohio Division II state silver medal in the 400 meters during her sophomore season in 2012 with a seasonal-best time of 55.77 in the state final … Took home the Region 5 title in the 400 meters in the qualifying process for the 2012 USATF National Junior Olympics in the summer of her sophomore season … Made her debut at the Ohio Division II Outdoor State Championships as a freshman in 2011 while winning the 400-meter bronze medal with a seasonal-best time of 55.32 in the state final … Won three-straight district titles in the 400 meters during her high school career from 2011-13 … Also won her first career district title as a freshman in 2011 … Set her wind-legal PR of 24.76 (+0.4) in the 200 meters in winning the event at the USATF Junior Olympics Region 5 meet in 2011.
Full name is Oksana Estrianna Louriana Lawrence … Born on Feb. 7, 1996 … Parents are Sherdon Smith and Wayne Lawrence … Has two younger brothers, Wayne, Jr. and Fredireck, and two younger sisters, Casana and LeeAnna … Both parents ran track in college at Central State University in Ohio … An honor student during her prep career at Meadowdale High School … An international baccalaureate while maintaining a 3.86 cumulative grade-point average during her high school career … Majoring in sport administration with a concentration in sport leadership.