Fawn Dorr: Realizing her dream

Fawn Dorr's dream is starting to come true.  As a high school cross country and track runner in the Western New York town of Akron, Fawn had a goal of becoming a top NCAA Division I athlete.  After a year at SUNY Cortland, where she was the DIII National Champion at 400m hurdles, she found herself at Penn State.


Dorr won the 2006 NY State title in the 400m hurdles in 60.60.  The next day she ran 60.67 to place 3rd.  Sophomore Dalilah Muhammad won that race in 60.05.


Two weeks ago while running at the NCAA Championships, Dorr would claim the first individual All-America certificate of her career and third overall thanks to a sixth-place finish in the quarter hurdles. The junior sprinted down the homestretch, overtaking several of her competitors, to stop the clock at 57.43.


Dorr placed 12th in the USATF Championships on Friday, running 59.00.  She had run 58.88 the day before to qualify for the semifinals.


While in high school, Fawn competed in a wide array of events that included the steeple chase  and 800m, but towards the end of high school it appeared that the 400m hurdles was going to be her ticket.  


Her career bests are 53.3 400m open, 51.8 400m split, and 56.91 for 400m hurdles.


Watch her interview with Tim Fulton just outside Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon during the USATF Championships.


Above Right:  Dorr is at the far right pictured with her Akron High School cross country team.