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A dream Mile and a dream season for Sarah Feeny

June 25, 2014

"I told her she could be a superstar in track. I’m very grateful she didn’t play soccer.” - coach Alydia Barton

By Doug Robinson, Deseret News

No Utah athlete has been on a bigger hot streak than Sarah Feeny, the University of Utah-bound distance runner out of Ogden High. All she has done, in the span of five weeks, is run the fastest Mile in the nation, win three post-season races against the best preps in the nation — including the prestigious Dream Mile in New York City — set four meet records, claim four state championships, set two all-class state records and become arguably the greatest female track & field athlete in the history of Utah.

And yet five weeks before the state championships, she was facing athletic disaster.

In April she went to California to face the nation’s best in the Arcadia Invitational 3200m run (the metric two-mile). She averaged 76 seconds for the first four laps and then fell apart in the last four laps, unable even to break 80 seconds. She finished 18th.

“I couldn’t push myself after the first Mile,” she recalls. “Everyone passed me in the end. I had no kick.”

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