By Jenna Hinkle

The State Street Mile felt more like a sprint than a mid-distance event. Aided by a total 104m of downhill, the Women’s Elite Race went out in 61/62 through 400m putting us on pace to break the course record of 4:22. Shortly after the half mile mark I found myself separating from the pack with a lead group of four. As we came down the home stretch, eventual winner Therese Haiss made a hard move to take the lead. I followed behind out-kicking the woman to my left to take second place. Both Therese and I would break the course record in speedy times of 4:19 and 4:20.

The city of Santa Barbara did a great job of assembling a highly competitive field and putting on a fun and enjoyable event for everyone! Living in Santa Barbara it was a special feeling to be able to compete in front of a home crowd. The State Street Mile was also a great test of my speed and has given me confidence that I am where I need be going into some big track races.