Academic All Star - Lauren Mullins

By wbng sports

November 3, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

She comes from a long line of runners in the family.
And may be one of the best runners from her school.
On top of that, she's on pace to be this year's valedictorian.

Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout introduces to Johnson City senior Lauren Mullins, this week's academic all-star.

"I love to run...it's something I enjoy doing."
Lauren Mullins has been running for as long as she can remember.

Her mom and sister were both runners.
Her days is the modified cross country coach for Johnson City.

Mullins started running road races in 4th or 5th grade.
Then, when she entered 7th grade, she started running for the varsity cross country team.

"It's just really exciting. Like the opportunity to go out and race all this great competition is a fun experience, just test your limits, see what you can do."
In her time on varsity, she's been all state 3 times, a 2 time section 4 champion, a 4 time STAC champion and a 2 time Footlocker Finalist, which is a national competition.

"It's going out on a limb to say she's the best runner we've ever had because we had her sister Paige and McKenna Coughlin, both of whom ended up with D-1 scholarships but she's the only girl we've had make nationals, and she's done it twice. It's hard enough to do it once."

Mullins isn't just a star on the pavement, but also in the classroom.
She carries a 101.9 average, and is currently tied for the top spot in her class.

And she's the top scholar athlete, male or female of Johnson City during the fall season.

"Honestly all it is is hard work. I put in a lot of hours every night and study and do all I can to just really do well and I see my teachers when I need help and do everything I can to do as well as I can."

Mullins plans to continue her running career at a division one college next year, though she hasn't made a final decision.

She'll go into college with an undecided major.

But hopes to do something in either communications or marketing.
And that's why Lauren Mullins is this week's Academic All-Star.
In Johnson City, Gabe Osterhout, Action Sports.

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