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Engelhardt Has Olympic Trials Q In Her Sights

Engelhardt Has Olympic Trials Q In Her Sights

With a 4:09.70 win against pros on her résumé this season, prep junior Sadie Engelhardt is eyeing the 4:06.00 OT standard. (BILL LEUNG)

THE SEASON OF PREP JUNIOR Sadie Engelhardt (Ventura, California) has in a sense only just begun — and it is running hot. With her blazing 1500 time of 4:09.70 back in March and her 4:31.72 mile at the Mt. SAC Relays, she has set the bar high for herself and the rest of her season — which will include a couple “pro” races early this summer and, hopefully, the Olympic Trials in June.

Engelhardt aspires to hit the OT standard, 4:06.00, in the next month — a super-elite bar for a high school runner — however, running has not always been her main focus. She started in sports playing soccer at age 4, and did not even consider running until she joined the cross country team in fourth grade to stay in shape for soccer.

Pushing through her first few cross country practices she felt little enthusiasm for running. Yet, her first cross country race flipped her perspective 180 degrees.

“The first race, I think it was at one of our local parks and I just fell in love with…

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