For The Record: Aaron Sahlman Breaks Down His Big Moment

Roughly a month or so removed from the biggest win of his high school career, Aaron Sahlman was still slightly taken aback. 

"To be honest, it's still a shock to me," said Sahlman, who set a new course record at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon on Dec. 4 in 14:44.50. I'm still in complete shock. I didn't think I'd win." 

But the Newbury Park (CA) senior and Northern Arizona University recruit was looking ahead.

In a week or two, he'll run for the first time indoors, and this time he'll be aiming for another elusive mark: Going sub-4. Looking ahead, Sahlman said he's also going after the national record in the 800m, a mark that hasn't been surpassed since 1996. 

MileSplit caught up with Sahlman in early January to talk about his recent success, his plans for the indoor season and what keeps him going off the track. Check the interview above for more on the Team Nationals champion.


"Every time I step to the line, I tell myself, 'Run your race.'"

-- Aaron Sahlman

Interview Segments: 

  • To win Newbury's third national title in four years [1:20]
  • Being at nationals as a freshman as a fan [2:00]
  • On how he started running in the first place [3:00]
  • On how Aaron sees himself in the future in XC, track [4:30]
  • On the plan at nationals [5:20]
  • On whether he ever felt the race was getting away [6:20]
  • On his mentality when he stepped to the line [8:30]
  • Talking about the goal as a team before nationals [10:30]
  • Comparing RunningLane to Team Nationals year-over-year [12:00]
  • Aaron talks about indoor track [13:30]
  • On moving forward into indoor [15:50]
  • On figuring out how to navigate his path in track [17:20]
  • On how to break the 800m national record [19:00]

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