Henderson Runs 2:02.33 in Portland
June 11, 2017

Meet Results

– After coming up just short of making the 800m final three days ago at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Sadi Henderson quickly bounced back by running a 2:02.33 in the second-fastest 800m heat of the night at the Portland Track Festival. The time will not count for the conference record book because it was technically ran outside the college season, but if it were to count it would be the fastest time in Mountain West history, surpassing Lacey Kramer (BYU) and her 2:03.01 from 2009.

More importantly, the 2:02.33 will likely give Henderson the opportunity to compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., from June 22-25. The time is not an automatic qualifier, but with Henderson’s time ranking as the 21st-fastest  800m time in the United States this season, the redshirt sophomore should qualify to the 32-entry field at the outdoor championships.

“It’s really exciting,” Henderson said after the race. “I was obviously disappointed after the race on Thursday, but when Pat told me that I had another chance to run a fast time at the meet tonight, my disappointment turned into excitement knowing that I had another chance. It’s really fulfilling to know that it’s my mentality that gets me good times, so this gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.”

The Corvallis, Mont., native took full advantage of her section that featured a pace-setting rabbit in the first 400 meters. After hanging with the top few runners for the first lap, Henderson ramped up the pace at the bell and used an impressive final lap to win her section by almost a full second.

“This is huge for Sadi,” assistant coach Pat McCurry said. “The semifinal on Thursday was somewhat frustrating with it being such a tactical race, so it was nice to let her loose and run a fast time. This experience will pay huge dividends for her down the road.”

Henderson will know in the coming week if her time will land her a spot at the USATF Outdoor Championships.

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