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HNH 6/14: Sinclaire Johnson’s Journey From Worst to First

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The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson wrote an inspiring piece about Oklahoma State junior track star Sinclaire Johnson, who set a record time in the 1,500 meter race at the NCAA Track and Field championships, only a year after watching the championship from the sidelines after a disappointing last place finish in her heat.

She won the event at regionals but then, finished last in her heat at nationals. That relegated the Oklahoma State runner to spectator for the finals.

“Coming in dead last,” she said, “was just heartbreaking.”

A week ago, she more than made up for last year’s disappointment.

Johnson not only won the national title at 1,500 meters but also set the meet record. Her time of 4:05.98 was the second-fastest time ever run by a collegian and the fastest time ever run in an all-collegiate race.

But that’s not all -- Johnson beat out the defending national champ, Oregon’s Jessica Hull, who hadn’t lost a race on the track in more than a year.

Even several days after the race, the whole thing still seemed a bit surreal to Johnson.

“To be considered one of the best 1,500-meter runners in history … ,” she said, laughing, “it sounds so funny, honestly – ‘That’s me. Wait … what?’” {The Oklahoman}

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