Kalamazoo College first-year Lauren Arquette K’17 has only been running cross country since her first year of high school (Salem High School, Plymouth/Canton Mich.), but she quickly took a liking to the sport, and just as quickly became one of the best young runners in Michigan.
After a friend convinced Arquette to join the cross country team in her first year of high school, Arquette went on to make the Academic All-State First Team the following three years. She was also First-Team All-Region in her last two years of high school.
Arquette chose to come to K because of the academic culture that it has to offer, including the small class sizes and the student-faculty relationships.
In only her first quarter on campus, Arquette has piled up the accolades, including: winning the Lansing Regional, being named MIAA runner of the week twice and making the All-MIAA First-Team.
Along with the awards she has won, Arquette also placed higher than runners from Michigan State, the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Toledo at the Eastern Michigan Fall Classic earlier this quarter, finishing 21st overall.
When she isn’t running, Arquette works with the “Young Adult Program” and “Campus Engagement.” She is also learning French, and hopes to work as an Au Pair in France over the summer.
She plans to major in political science, with a concentration in environmental studies. Along with her French studies, she also plans to learn another language as well.
When asked what her favorite part about K so far has been, Arquette said “the people I’ve met here are great, especially my teammates and my suitemates who I’m around for most of the day.”
Arquette hopes to continue her success this season when the cross country team travels to Indiana this weekend to compete at the Great Lakes Regional.