POCATELLO, Idaho -- Sarah Feeny, a senior from Ogden High School, had her eye set on the girls 1600-meter record since she won the event last year.
This year, Feeny set a new meet record with a time of 4:46.97 Saturday at the Simplot Games, which is 4.68 seconds faster than the 14-year-old meet record.
"I knew what I needed to run to set the record," said Feeny. "I've been thinking about this for a long time."
Feeny led the entire race and pulled away from the rest of the pack at the 800-meter mark.
"I came out with the lead because I did not want to let anyone set my pace and come up short of my goal."
Feeny is the defending champion in the event; however, she only had the fourth fastest qualifying time.
"I wasn't nervous about my qualifying time," said Feeny. "I had won once before so girls knew who I was, but that just gave me confidence."
Feeny will run cross-country and track for the University Utah next year.
"I have signed with Utah for next year," said Feeny. "But I am still going to work hard and give every meet my best for the rest of this year."
Finishing second in the event was senior, Sam McKinnon, from Boise, Idaho, with a time of 4:58.78. McKinnon barely beat third place finisher, Darby Gilfillan, from Denver, Co., by 1.75 seconds.
"I knew that Feeny was in her own race," said McKinnon. "So second place became the battle."
More than 1,900 athletes will come from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to participate in the 36th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation's premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.