Fordham Lien was the premier middle distance runner of her era, winning back-to-back 800-meter national titles indoors and earning NCAA Division II All-America honors seven times in the 800 meters between the indoor and outdoor seasons. After placing third in 1987, Fordham Lien won consecutive indoor 800-meter titles at the 1988 and 1989 NCAA Division II Championships. She also earned All-America honors four times outdoors in the 800, placing fifth in 1987 and 1991, around runner-up finishes in both 1989 and 1990.
Her 800-meter times of 2:06.24 (outdoors) and 2:11:37 (indoors) remain school records.
An Aberdeen native, Fordham Lien won a total of 11 individual North Central Conference titles from 1987-91, including four outdoor titles in the 800 and three indoors. She also won the 1,500-meter championship twice each indoors and outdoors. Fordham Lien added a pair of 1,600-meter relay titles to her list of accomplishments and was named the Most Valuable Performer at the NCC indoor championships in 1988 and outdoor championships in 1990.