Despite having to battle rainy conditions, North Hollywood (California) Harvard-Westlake High School junior Amy Weissenbach set the girls 800-meter run national record of 2:02.04 June 4 at the California Interscholastic Federation State Track and Field Championships in Clovis.
In the process, she defended her state title and lowered the previous standard of 2:02.90 set by Chanelle Price of Easton (Pennsylvania) Area High School in 2008.
Weissenbach started out fast, with a blazing 57-second time at the midpoint. Although struggling during her final 200 meters, she held on to set the national record. Compounding her challenges, Weissenbach had been sidelined over the winter with stress reactions in both of her hips.
Junior Savannah Camacho of Templeton ran a personal best time of 2:07.84 to finish second behind Weissenbach for the second consecutive year.
Amazingly, Weissenbach’s performance was a faster time than any college female has run this year.