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Henna Rustami On Growing Up As A First-Generation Afghan-American Runner + Going From An Unknown to Ivy League Champion

To start off the year, we wanted to introduce you to one of the kindest people me and my new co-host (Ryan Welsh) met in 2019. Henna Rustami’s name might be familiar if you’re an Ivy League alum because she was a Heps champion. But before she rose to some prominence on the college scene at Columbia, she grew up on Long Island to an immigrant family who left a war-ravaged Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Doug Binder of Dye Stat wrote a great story on her in 2017 as she was setting her sights on some school records during the indoor season.

Henna is one of the members of the Brooklyn Track Club in New York City and in addition to balancing her workload as a second-year law student, she’s not giving up on lowering those PRs from college. She wants to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Track Trials and serve as an inspiration for girls who look like her since some role models were lacking when she was growing up. Henna is awesome and we convinced her to join Instagram after we stopped recording.

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