Hamberger makes Cordova sports history, signs w/ Utah State

June 18, 2015

Sara Hamberger

Sara Hamberger

Most teenage runners have an entire high school career to make an impression with a college.

Cordova’s Sara Hamberger got three races.

Her final race came at the ASAA track and field state championships, where she needed to run the mile in 5 minutes and 8 seconds or less to meet the standard set by coaches at Utah State University.

After winning the mile in her first two races she placed third at state, but she ran 5:07. So she didn’t get the state title but she did earn a college scholarship.

In doing so Hamberger is believed to be just the second athlete from Cordova to compete at the NCAA D1 level.

This whole thing started last summer when Cordova coach and Sara’s dad, Jeff, a Utah State alum, called a friend on the school’s coaching staff and suggested he recruit his daughter.

Hamberger finished in the top 10 at state cross country in each of her final three years, including fourth in 2013. Still, the Utah State coaches wanted her to run track.

“Even though she had put tog together some good times in cross country, times are difficult to compare because courses are so different,” Jeff told me. “You never know what’s a good time or a bad time. The tracks is much more consistent.”

Even though Cordova doesn’t really have a team, she traveled to Anchorage for a meet against 4A teams and won the mile and placed second in the two mile. She did the same thing at regions and came to state and finished third in the mile and second in the two mile.

Hamberger has already signed her letter of intent and will become the third person from her family to attend Utah State. She will run cross country and track for the college.