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Behind the Why: Lilah Drafts-Johnson Shares Her Why For Going D3


We’re welcoming Lilah Drafts-Johnson to the D3GD staff and what a better introduction than to know her D3 story. In high school, Lilah started out as a two-miler but shifted toward the 400mH and triple jump. While not completely understanding the recruiting process, Lilah sent in her track marks to boost her application to Oberlin College. The coaches reached out and she quickly realized joining the track team would make for a positive college experience.

Lilah spent a lot of her college career shifting her goals. She wanted to leave college as a sub 60 400m runner. She did that by indoors her freshman year. So, she set the bar higher to become a national champion.

She completed her final goal of becoming a national champion in the 400m hurdles in her last track race ever. We explore the psychological makeup of shifting goals and what role track and field played in her college experience.

Lilah will be taking deeper dives into D3 Track and Field in her written work on

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