* Sadie Engelhardt reflects on her No. 4 all-time performance in the 3,200m at the Ventura County Championships
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Ventura's (CA) Sadie Engelhardt just added another all-time performance to her resume this weekend, lining up in the 3,200m at the Ventura County Championships.
The race got sticky with three laps to go, but Engelhardt kept pushing on.
"Sometimes it is just me and the clock," Engelhardt told MileSplit after her race. "It's very mental when that's the case. I really wanted to stay on those splits that I set for myself [and] stay mentally strong, even when it got tough because there was no one there to push me so I had to keep the positive thoughts in my head. "
When the freshman crossed the finish line, she stopped the clock in 9:50.69 to better her previous best of 10:00.60, which she set at the beginning of March.
Her performance moved her up to No. 1 in the country and No. 4 on the all-time high school list. She also became the second-fastest Californian in this event.
There have only been three girls in high school history to break 9:50 in the 3,200m. Kim Mortensen from Thousand Oaks (CA) was the first to do so back in 1996 at the CIF Southern Section Masters.
Katelyn Tuohy, who has the national record at the distance, finished the Glenn D. Loucks Games in 9:47.88.
Two years ago, Jenna Hutchins dropped her time to 9:49.83.
GIRLS 3200 METER RUN FINALS PLACE ATHLETE TEAM RESULT WIND H# 1 Sadie Engelhardt 9 Ventura (SS) 9:50.69 3 2 Laura Castagna 10 Westlake (SS) 11:40.20 3 3 Katarina Modrzejewski 9 Oak Park (SS) 11:40.32 3 4 Madeline Cooper 10 Thousand Oaks (SS) 11:48.24 3 5 Brody Daw 9 Ventura (SS) 11:58.19 3 6 Rachel Gleeson 12 Buena (SS) 12:00.92 3 7 Niza Laureano 9 Fillmore (SS) 12:04.61 2 8 Alianna Tapia 12 Fillmore (SS) 12:05.25 2