She Plays Violin Too - A Chat With Sadie Hamrin


Sadie Hamrin of Bemidji Class of 2018

 Personal Records:

800m - 2:18.72

1600m - 5:16.07

3200m - 11:48.36

4K (xc) - 14:42.50

5K (xc) - 18:27.30

State XC 2017 - 24th place (All-State)

State XC 2016 - 83rd place

State XC 2015 - 15th place (All-State)

State XC 2014 - 19th place (All-State)

State XC 2013 - 68th place

State XC 2012 - 50th place

State T&F 2014 - 4x800 2nd place

State T&F 2013 - 4x800 alternate

Where were you born, and what does your athletic background look like?

I was born in Minneapolis, MN and lived there for the first 9 months of my life. I played soccer before middle school. But in middle school and high school, I've been in cross country running, nordic skiing, and track and field. I've lettered in cross country every year since 7th grade, I lettered in nordic skiing in 2014 and 2016 (injured in 2015), and I've lettered in track and field every year since 7th grade. 

Who are your coaches cross country?

Ryan Aylesworth and Nina Lubarski are my amazing distance coaches. They are so incredibly supportive, and although they want us to always succeed and place well, they are so absolutely understanding and kind even when we don't have the days we wanted. They motivate us to work extremely hard, while also encouraging us to have fun doing it.

Which Bemidji Lumberjack teammate has helped you the most this cross country season?

Kayla DeWitt has helped me so much this season. She has so much drive and determination, and when I'm tired or just don't feel like running, she always motivates me to keep running and work my hardest.

You were the individual champion at the Bemidji Invitational.  How did that race unfolded for you this year?

I went out in that race wanting to win. I felt confident before the race, but I knew that there were top runners there and I would have to battle them for the win. Throughout the race I just tried to stay relaxed, and I wasn't going for time, just for place.

Caitlin Covington of Perham, Jerzie Finstad of Thief River Falls and I were together as a pack for the first mile.  Finstad slowly fell off the pace and it was Covington and me for the next mile running together.  Then with a mile to go I pulled ahead and tried to stay calm the rest of the way and stretch the lead as much as I could.  I felt really strong all the way through the race, and it was great to have those two girls push me.

What has been your biggest obstacle?

My biggest obstacle has been that I struggle a lot with confidence. Both with running and other things I do, I never think I'm good enough. I was extremely depressed for over a year, but I finally got my life back together this summer. Although I'm extremely thankful that I don't struggle with depression anymore, I still have issues with my self-confidence, and it's been something that I've been really trying to work on.