LSU Track + Field BIO
Deonna Lawrence
Player Profile:
Deonna Lawrence 29640
Position: Sprints
Height: 5'9"
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Elk Grove, Calif.
High School: Sheldon HS

Event: 400M (IN: 52.45; OUT: 51.75)

4-time NCAA Champion
10-time All-American
3-time NCAA Mideast Regional Champion
5-time SEC Champion
6-time All-SEC

CAREER CAPSULE
A standout 400-meter runner throughout her four-year career at LSU ... Won four NCAA titles, five SEC titles, eight All-America honors and six All-SEC awards while running on the Lady Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay team ... Ran the third leg on the foursome that set the indoor school record of 3:29.06 during the 2005 season ... Also anchored the Lady Tigers to the second-fastest time in school history at 3:25.78 to win the NCAA Outdoor title in 2006 ... Won a pair of individual All-America honors in the open quarter during the 2006 season ... Finished sixth in the 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships before placing eighth in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships that season ... Finished her collegiate career with personal bests of 52.45 indoors and 51.75 outdoors ... Ranks No. 5 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list and No. 7 on the school’s all-time outdoor performance list.

2008
Continued to shine while running the anchor leg on LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team throughout the 2008 season ... Won her fourth NCAA title after anchoring the relay to victory at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a seasonal-best time of 3:31.14 ... Also ran anchor on the relay that clinched the team title for LSU at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa ... Teamed with Brooklynn Morris, Kelly Baptiste and LaTavia Thomas to finish second with a seasonal-best time of 3:28.33 ... Outdistanced the fifth-place finish by Arizona State to defeat the Sun Devils by the score of 67-63 to give LSU its first national championship since the 2004 season ... Also anchored the relay to SEC Indoor (3:31.89) and SEC Outdoor (3:32.09) titles in 2008 ... Won her third career NCAA Mideast Regional title by anchoring the squad to a time of 3:32.22 ... Was also a member of the squad that won relay titles at such meets as the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (3:34.74) and Tyson Invitational (3:35.01) during the indoor season and the Texas Relays (3:29.72) during the outdoor season ... Individually, was an NCAA Championships qualifier in the 400 meters during the outdoor season ... Finished 23rd in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after running 54.48 in qualifying ... Earned an at-large berth into the national meet following her seventh-place finish in the open quarter at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Clocked a seasonal-best time of 52.74 in the regional final ... Set an indoor seasonal best of 53.92 at the Cyclone National Qualifier.

2007
Earned a national title and a pair of All-America honors as the anchor on the nation’s premier 4x400-meter relay team ... Led the squad to its third NCAA crown in four years with a first-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships ... Held off the world’s premier 400-meter runner in Natasha Hastings of South Carolina with a 51.16 split on the anchor for her third NCAA title and eighth All-America honor as a Lady Tiger ... Foursome clocked the seventh-fastest time in school history at 3:28.07 ... Also anchored LSU’s 1,600-meter relay to titles at the SEC Indoor Championships (3:29.86) and NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (3:30.40) ... Ran the 400-meter leg on the foursome that won the Championship of America title in the sprint medley relay at the prestigious 113th Penn Relays ... Received All-America recognition during the indoor season by anchoring the 4x400-meter relay to a third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Competed in the open quarter at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships ... Punched her ticket to Sacramento for the NCAA Outdoor Championships by finishing third at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships (52.92) ... Just missed earning a pair of individual All-America honors in the 400 meters as she finished ninth at the outdoor national meet and 10th at the indoor national meet ... Helped the Lady Tigers to their first SEC Outdoor title since 1996 as she anchored the relay to All-SEC honors with a second-place finish while also crossing the finish line in sixth place in the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships ... Posted an indoor seasonal-best time of 52.94 to finish fourth in the event at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Recorded an outdoor seasonal best of 52.33 to win the 400-meter title at the LSU Alumni Gold.

2006
One of LSU’s top performers in the 400 meters throughout the season, ran the anchor leg of the Lady Tigers’ 4x400-meter relay team that won national titles at the NCAA Championships during both the indoor and outdoor seasons ... Team clocked a 3:29.33 in the final heat at the NCAA Indoor Championships and a scorching 3:25.78 in the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which is the second-fastest time in school history ... Ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 teams that won titles at the SEC Indoor Championships (3:32.20) and NCAA Mideast Regional (3:28.93) ... Also earned a pair of All-America honors while competing individually in the 400 meters ... Clocked a time of 52.72 to finish sixth at the NCAA meet during the indoor season and a 52.38 to finish eighth at the outdoor meet ... Shattered her previous PR in the event by more than a second after running the seventh-fastest time in school history at 51.75 to take second place at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Took first place in the event at the UNM Lobo Invitational during the outdoor season with a time of 53.83 ... Earned a third-place finish at the New Balance Invitational with a matching time of 53.83 ... During the indoor season, took second at the Miami Elite Invitational (52.45) and fourth at the SEC Championships (52.80).

2005
Earned a pair of All-America honors during her freshman campaign ... During the indoor season, ran the third leg on the Lady Tigers' 4x400-meter relay team that earned All-America status for their fourth-place finish at the NCAA meet ... Also ran on the 4x400 teams that won the SEC Indoor title in meet-record time (3:29.06) and won the New Balance Invitational in meet-record time (3:31.92) ... Individually, qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400 meters ... Finished 13th at the national meet, crossing the finish line in 53.69 ... Scored at the SEC Championships with a seventh-place finish in the event and a time of 53.67 ... Posted her fastest time of the indoor season during the prelims of the NCAA Championships, finishing in 53.30 ... Clocked 54.52 to win the Holiday Inn Team Invitational ... During the outdoor season, earned her second All-America honor as a member of the Lady Tigers' 4x100-meter relay team ... Joined with fellow freshmen Ashley Owens, Jessica Ohanaja and Kelly Baptiste to finish fifth with a seasonal-best time of 43.67 ... Also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400-meter relay that placed 13th at the NCAA Championships (3:36.37) ... Again qualified individually to the NCAA Championships in the 400 meters ... Placed 21st with a time of 53.82 ... Finished fourth in the open quarter at the NCAA Mideast Regional (53.12) ... Placed third at the SEC Championships with a seasonal-best time of 52.95.

PRIOR TO LSU
Four-year track letterwinner for coaches Bob Baker, Jay Smith and Derek Downs at Sheldon High School ... Named to the All-USA Girl's Track Team in 2004 ... Was a member of the World Junior Team that won gold in the 4x400-meter relay ... Posted the fourth fastest high school 400-meter time in the nation in 2004 (53.55) ... Came to LSU with PRs of 23.60 in the 200 meters and 52.77 in the 400 meters.

PERSONAL
Born on March 21, 1986 ... Daughter of Dorian and Angela Lawrence ... Father, Dorian, played soccer at New York Tech ... Has four siblings, whose names are Anieshia, Mykel, Daysha and Khameron.

 

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