`Forty Flames to Follow' for 2013-14: Lauren Lindholm

Sophomore-to-be Lauren Lindholm
Sophomore-to-be Lauren Lindholm

July 12, 2013

CHICAGO – The UIC women’s cross country team is fresh off its most successful season in program history as they captured the runner-up trophy at the 2012 Horizon League Championships.  Several talented runners contributed to that achievement, including sophomore-to-be Lauren Lindholm.  Lindholm is Friday’s featured student-athlete in the ‘Forty Flames to Follow’ summer series, a daily segment that highlights UIC’s top returnees.

Lindholm began her collegiate career with a ninth-place showing at the UIC Home Opener on Sept. 1.  She finished third amongst her teammates with a two-mile time of 11:53.60.  That first competition proved to be one of five meets during the season where Lindholm placed third or higher on the team.  She followed her debut with a strong performance at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Sept. 13, running a 5K in 19:10 for 41st place.

Lindholm saved her season-best 5K time for the Horizon League Championships as she traversed the course in 18:44, which placed 12th overall.  That result secured her spot on the All-Conference Second Team and aided her squad toward the runner-up title. 

The Aurora, Ill., native battled through a knee injury for a large portion of the indoor season and still managed a team-best time of 19:23.49 in the 5,000 meters on Feb. 8 Chicagoland Championships.

“Lauren should be a huge factor in our team success next season,” said head track and field coach Jim Knoedel.  “With a year of college experience under her belt, she will have even more confidence when she competes.”