Sadie Engelhardt Breaks National Outdoor Mile Record

* Ventura's (CA) Sadie Engelhardt claimed a new high school national record on Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays

Photo Credit: Edgar Salazar/MileSplit

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Sadie Engelhardt made one more reminder that the mile is her go-to distance, because on Friday at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California, the Ventura High School junior assaulted the record books once again, breaking the high school national outdoor record at the distance with a time of 4:31.72. 

That performance surpassed a standing 6-year-old record of 4:33.87 last held by North Rockland (NY) legend Katelyn Tuohy, while her 1,600m split of 4:29.86 also put her in elite company, as she now owns just the second performance all-time under 4:30 for the distance. Addy Wiley, a 2022 Huntington North (IN) graduate, ran 4:26.16 in 2022 and owns the national outdoor record in the 1,600m.

While Engelhardt owns the outright outdoor mile mark now, she can still set her sights on the overall national record of 4:28.25, which Mary Cain ran indoors in 2013 at the Millrose Games. 

Engelhardt's progression in her junior season has been stark so far. She opened up her season on March 16 at The TEN, clocking a U.S. No. 1 time of 4:09.70 for 1,500m. She followed three weeks later with a mile personal best of 4:34.31 at Arcadia and on Friday chopped off another three seconds. 

Year-over-year, Engelhardt has cut seven seconds off her performance at the distance. 

Engelhardt's 1,500m time from March was good enough to hit the U.S. Olympic Trials minimum standard (4:12), though the high schooler may still aim to hit the automatic 'A' standard ahead of the Trials in June. 

Related Links: 

64th Mt. SAC Relays meet page