Residence: Portland, OR
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Age on race day: 27

Best Qualifying Performance: 1:02:04 (USA Half Marathon Championships, Aramco Houston 2009)
PRs: Half-Marathon, 1:02:04 (2010); Marathon, Debut
Olympic Trials Marathon History: Debut

Career Highlights:

2011 USA Cross Country Champion
54th – IAAF World Cross Country Championships
3rd – 2010 USA Half Marathon Championships (1:02:04 PR)
2nd – 2008 Payton Jordan Invitational 5000m
3rd – 2008 NCAA Championships 5000m
5th – 2007 NCAA Cross Country Championships

Additional Highlights:


4th – USA Indoor Championships 3000m
3rd – Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon (1:05:25)
2nd – Dodge Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon (1:05:41)


13th – Payton Jordan Stanford Invitational 10,000m
4th – Dick’s Sporting Goods BolderBOULDER 10K
5th – USA Track & Field Championships 5000m
19th – AJC Peachtree 10K
6th – Manchester Road Race


9th – USA Track & Field Championships 5000m

Of Note:

While competing for the University of Colorado, broke the school record for 5000m … Struggled in 2010 with inconsistent training, partly due to an ankle injury … A week after dropping out of the USA Half Marathon Championships last January because of breathing difficulties in “the worst moment of my life,” Vaughn won the USA Cross Country Championships for his first national title. “Finally,” he screamed as he crossed the finish line … Moved from Boulder to Portland this summer to be coached by Jerry Schumacher and train with his group. “I wasn’t beating them, so I guess I had to join them,” he says … Is inspired by Billy Mills and his famous quote, “Believe, believe, believe” … Married to Sara Vaughn, a professional middle-distance runner. They have two children: Ciara, 5; and Calia, 4.

Twitter: @DadVaughn