Fawn Dorr

Professional 400 Meter Hurdler

Raleigh, NC

I grew up in a tiny town called Akron, New York. At an early age it was clear that I had a talent for running. All through high school I was a distance runner until I developed epilepsy from a series of head injuries. The condition forced me to focus on shorter events and I became the New York State Champion in the 400 hurdles my senior year.

We didn't have many elite athletes come out of our small school, so academic advisors weren't really sure how to guide me into the NCAA athletic system. With little guidance, I settled on a small D3 University. After being D3 NCAA National Champion my freshman year of college at Suny Cortland University, I accepted an athletic scholarship to Pennsylvania State University and transferred the following year. During University, I competed in the 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 600m, 4x400m relay, and 4x100m relays. I left Penn State as one of the most decorated female athletes in school history, and an 11x All American.

I became a professional athlete at the 2010 USA Championships where I finished third and was ranked top 10 in the world. I graduated Penn State University with a BA in Print Journalism. I missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games by one place and have committed the last three years of training to making the 2016 Rio Olympic Team. Just this spring, with a 6th place finish at the IAAF World Relay Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, I ran the 2nd leg on the 4x400m relay team and earned an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Accomplishments

2010 3rd Place at USA Championships

2010 Mrs. Penn State Student Athlete of the year

2010 Big Ten Athlete of the year

2012 2nd Place at Olympic Trials

2014 1st Place Indoor Nat Championships 400m

2015 World Relay Olympic Qualifier