Since her podium finish at Western last year, Sabrina placed 5th at Run Rabbit Run 100, 3rd at HURT 100 and won the Orcas Island 50 Miler in course record time. She has definitely made her mark on the ultrarunning world, particularly at the 100 mile distance, but her win at Hardrock fully solidified her as a gritty, focused elite ultrarunner.
Sabrina led the women at this year’s Hardrock 100 from the get-go. She maintained that lead all the way to the end. In a pre-race interview she said that she planned to run what is becoming her signature style; starting out strong but conservative, then turning up the heat half way through, but she noted that she would take a more aggressive approach to this strategy. She did not disappoint. During the early miles she was just a few minutes ahead of the other top women and, in a post- race interview she stated that when she saw women behind her at the mile 18 mark, she attacked the next time harder than she planned. She wanted to send the message loud and clear that she meant business. Her gap on the other lead women, which included Nikki Kimball, did shrink down to mere minutes at one point, but from mile 58 she pulled away and the rest was history. When she won the women’s race in 30:23:36 it was by 55 minutes. Sabrina started in 16th overall and moved her way up to finish not only first female, but 12th overall for men and women. Nikki Kimball and Darla Askew both ran strong races and finished 2nd and 3rd women in 32:18:35 and 32:52:30, respectively.