Tasty Race Tuesday: Girls Mile At Let's Get REAL Champs

Call it a Tasty Race of the Week. 

Or a Kick of the Week. 

Whatever you decide, Caroline Fender is officially on the radar

The Heritage sophomore had already put together a fairly impressive indoor season of which she destroyed her 2023 outdoor personal bests. 

But after Saturday's late-kick mile victory over Summit's Ella Hagen, it's clear that Fender has run herself into new territory. 

Hagen held a sizable gap heading into the bell lap, though Fender went into Beast Mode over the final 100-meters and caught Hagen on the line, winning the event in a PR of 5:08.92 to Hagen's 5:09.01.

For additional context here...

Last year Fender ran an outdoor PR of 5:19 in the mile, which did not qualify her for the 2023 Colorado state track and field championships. 

She did qualify in the 3,200, where she finished 18th. 

Last fall Fender finished 18th in the 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships

Hagen is one of Colorado's stars - she finished 10th at Nike Cross Nationals last December, and is the 4A defending state champion in the 1,600. And runner-up in the 3,200 and 5k. 

While it was Hagen's first race in months, we've got to give credit to Fender, who has clearly made The Jump

Watch the race above!

Photo by Tim McDonald