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[Video]: Kennesaw State 800m Star Sarah Hendrick Qualifies For Olympic Trials

Sarah Hendrick of Kennesaw State moved up to No. 2 in the women’s 800m on the NCAA top list this season and qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials after clocking 2:01.47 at the 2021 Crimson Tide Invitational on April 10.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sarah Hendrick of Kennesaw State moved up to No. 2 in the women’s 800m on the NCAA top list this season and qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials after clocking 2:01.47 to win the event in her outdoor season opener at the 2021 Crimson Tide Invitational hosted at Sam Bailey Stadium on Saturday, April 10.

Watch Video: Big Personal Best For Hendrick

Hendrick entered the weekend with a personal best of 2:06.80 and the junior middle-distance runner shattered that time when dominating her heat in Tuscaloosa.

Her winning time this weekend improved the Kennesaw State school record, and also set a Sam Bailey Stadium facility record. Additionally, the mark also saw the 21-year-old hitting the needed qualifying standard to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials, which is set for Eugene, Oregon in June.

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“Sarah Hendrick is like a woman on fire,” Kennesaw State Director of Track and Field Cale McDaniel said on the athletics website. “She is one of the nation’s best and now she will get a trip to the Olympic trials this summer.”

On Saturday, Hendrick got out fast, clocking 58.82 seconds for the first 400m before closing out at 1:02.65 to win heat 1 by almost six seconds. Gemma Finch of Troy ran 2:07.23 to take second place in the heat and overall, while Alabama senior Esther Gitahi finished third with 2:07.92. Hendrick’s Kennesaw State teammate Rachel Van Amburgh was fourth overall after winning the second heat in 2:08.79.

Eliud Kipsang Shines At 2021 Crimson Tide Invitational

Meanwhile, the men’s race went to Eliud Kipsang of Alabama with a time of 1:47.20.

Crimson Tide Invitational Alabama’s Eliud Kipsang Photo by Crimson Tide Photos Photo by Crimson Tide Photos / UA Athletics

Kipsang, who clocked an NCAA leading, school record and seventh-fastest time in NCAA history of 3:36.00 to win the 1500m race on Friday, returned with a positive mindset a day later to dominate the 800m field with the fifth-fastest time this season.

Alabama’s head coach Dan Waters was delighted with the overall performance of his team after ending the meeting with several notable marks.

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“We broke school and stadium records and posted marks that put us at the top of the national leader board in a number of events,” said Waters. “There’s still a lot of season left, but I’m really happy with the way we’ve gotten outdoors going. Today also gave us a chance to celebrate our seniors, and that is always super special.

“This group has meant so much to our program, helping us continue to build on our tradition of excellence. I also want to thank all the officials, event staff, and coaches who worked so hard to make this weekend a success and to our administration for making it possible.”

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