At USC: Zara Lukens begins her final season of running cross country for USC... 2009: Was USC's fifth runner in four of six meets and figured in the scoring in all six races...Had a 6K PR of 22:11.24 and was USC's fifth runner at the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 30...2008: Was one of USC's top seven runners and figured in the scoring in all four meets in which she competed...Had a then-6K PR of 22:12.00 and finished 16th at the Pepperdine Invitational on Oct. 4...Had a 5K PR of 18:05.10 to finish 12th at the CS Bakersfield Invitational on Oct. 17...In the spring during track season, ran a 38:12.91 time in the 10K at the Ben Brown Invitational on March 7, the fifth-fastest time in school history...2007: Made her collegiate debut at the CSUF Season Opener on Sept. 1 and placed 41st as USC's final scoring runner with a time of 20:02.90...Ran a season-best 6K best of 22:34.02 at the Pepperdine Invitational on Sept. 22 to finish 48th, seventh among her teammates and a 5K PR of 19:19 and placed 11th (third among Trojans) at the Titan Invitational on Oct. 19...Competed for USC at the Pac-10 Championships and placed 58th with a time of 23:04.1.
High School: Lukens is a 2007 graduate of Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash...Was a 2005 Greater St. Helens 3-A Cross Country first-team selection...Named to the 2006 3-A Cross Country All-Star team...Helped lead Columbia River to a third-place finish at the WIAA 2006 State Cross Country Championships, placing 12th with a time of 20:01 as the team's top finisher...She also helped lead her team to an undefeated regular season...Was awarded a Distinguished Regents Scholarship from Washington State University (2006-07) which proclaims the student-athlete to be one of the most accomplished in the state of Washington...Was a 2007 National Merit Scholarship finalist...Was No. 1 in her 2007 graduating class...Was Columbian GHSL first team All-League in track (2004-07), Columbian GHSL first team All-League in cross country (2004, 2006), Columbian GHSL second team All-League (2005) and received the track and field WIAA Scholar Athlete Award (2004-07).
Personal: Zara was born on April 26, 1989 in Portland, Ore...In her spare time likes to read, play the piano and work on political campaigns...Likes to watch Friends reruns...Her favorite food is peanut butter...Says Venus Williams is her biggest sports hero because she makes awesome noises whenever she hits the ball and because she works well being the underdog...Would like to visit Argentina and Chile...Is an International Relations and Neuroscience major at USC with a minor in Spanish and would like to pursue a career in international law or diplomacy...Has applied for four prestigious postgraduate programs, the Rhodes scholarship for study at Oxford University, the Marshall scholarship for study at a university in the United Kingdom, the Mitchell scholarship for study in Ireland and the Fulbright scholarship to do research in Uruguay...Plans to get involved in volunteer projects and government after graduation...Zara chose USC because of the amazing weather in Los Angeles and because of her friendship with former high school and USC teammate Kat Ellis.