With her arms held up high and her competition nowhere in sight, Sage Watson crossed the finish line a winner at the 2017 NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
The Medicine Hat, Alt., native says it was a dream come true to end her U.S. collegiate career in winning fashion.
But Watson’s shining moment may have never occurred if it wasn’t for one decision.
“Two years ago, I transferred universities from Florida State to the University of Arizona,” says Watson. “My coach [Fred Harvey] here at the University of Arizona is one of the best hurdle coaches in the world and my training partner [Georganne Moline] is one of the best 400 [metre] hurdlers.
“Having the combination of those two really helped me improve my time and allowed me to understand what I need to do to be at that high level of competition.”
Harvey has been Arizona’s director of men’s and women’s cross country and track and field for the past 16 years.
Under his guidance, Moline qualified for the 2012 U.S Olympic team and set a personal-best time in London en route to finishing fifth in the women’s 400-metre hurdles final.
In Watson’s two years as an Arizona Wildcat, her results speak for themselves. She has never finished outside the top four in any of the 400m or 400m hurdles races that she’s competed in.
The Canadian holds school indoor records in the 500m and the 4x400m relay and was named to last year’s All-Pac 12 team and an NCAA first-team All-American in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay.
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