First-time runner Johnson dominates MIAC

NAME: Jorden Johnson ’15

SPORT: Cross Country

HOMETOWN: Blaine, Minn.

HIGH SCHOOL: Blaine High School

MAJOR: Chemistry

WHY I CHOSE ST. OLAF: I came to St. Olaf because it has a great community atmosphere, and this college allows me to pursue a degree in chemistry in a state-of-the-art science building.

CROSS COUNTRY HISTORY: This is my first year ever running cross country. Last year, I played soccer for the Oles, and in high school I played varsity soccer, hockey and lacrosse for four years.

FAVORITE PUMP-UP SONGS: “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons and “Heart of a Champion” by Nelly

FAVORITE SPORTS MOVIE: “Miracle” . . . I guess I am a true Minnesotan hockey player.

FAVORITE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE: Alex Morgan U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

FAVORITE TV SHOW: “ER” reruns and Food Network’s “Chopped”

FAVORITE BOOK: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy


THREE FAMOUS PERSONALITIES I’D HAVE OVER FOR DINNER: Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey and Nelson Mandela

FAVORITE SPORT OTHER THAN CROSS COUNTRY: It’s a tie . . . soccer in the summer and hockey in the winter.

RANDOM FACT: I have never read the “Harry Potter” books or watched the TV shows “Friends,” “Pretty Little Liars” or “Glee.”

BEST ADVICE I’VE RECEIVED: Everything happens for a reason; it just may take a while to find out what the reason is.

PLANS AFTER OLAF: Go to graduate school for chemistry and then find a job in a lab somewhere. Eventually I want to get my Ph.D.