Sara Vaughn’s final lap of the women’s 1,500m final at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in Sacramento came as a shock to many including herself. With a 61-second last lap, Vaughn went from ninth to third and qualified for the World Championships in London later this summer.
Olympians Jenny Simpson and Kate Grace finished ahead of her and will join her at the global championship.
Vaughn is 31 years old and is a mother of three. She made a remarkable comeback last summer to qualify and race at the U.S. Olympic Trials just 11 months after giving birth. She finished seventh in the trials final.
Below is her U.S. Championships resume heading into her breakout on Saturday.
2009 U.S. Championships: Reached 800m semis
2011 U.S. Championships: Raced in the 1,500m heats
2012 Olympic Trials: 13th in the 1,500m final
2013: DNF in the steeplechase heats
2014: 12th in the steeplechase final
2106: 7th in the 1,500m final
2017: 3rd in the 1,500m final
Vaughn is sponsored by Brooks but earns most of her living working as a full-time real estate agent in Boulder. She clocked a personal best of 4:06.64 at the Music Distance Running Festival in Nashville, TN earlier this month. She credits part of the success this year to now being coached by her husband.
I’m sure that you will be hearing more people tell Vaughn’s story as we get closer to London.
One of the veterans of the sport finally gets her moment on the world championship stage. In the interview above from LetsRun, her two-year-old keeps using the phrase “my turn” and she applied that to her race perfectly.