Carrie chats with Tierney Wolfgram, Adam Sjolund, and Carson Leavitt! With pacing assistance from Adam and Carson, Tierney recently set the American Junior Marathon record with a time of 2:31:49 as a 17-year-old! They discuss the event, the preparation, COVID, wildfires, and where Tierney goes next after setting and nailing such a big goal at such a young age.
Recorded November 10, 2020
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2X MN State High School Champion.
As a 15 year old, ran the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon 2018 and qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon.
In February 2020, Tierney placed 76th at the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Trials and was the youngest entrant at 17 years old.
On November 7th, 2020, Tierney ran a (pending as of 11/10) American Junior Marathon record in a time of 2:31:49 to break 2X Olympian and American Junior Marathon record holder, 2:34:32 set in 1984 by Cathy (Shiro) O’Brien.
Tierney decided to graduate high school a year early and is attending the University of Nevada in Reno, NV.
PB’s: 4:54(mile), 10:22(3200), 16:34(5K), and 2:31:49
(courtesy Nevada Wolf Pack)
Freshman (2019) – Scored 4th overall and 2nd out of the Wolf Pack athletes competing in the 8k at the Nevada Twilight Classic with a time of 24:47 … Was the best Wolf Pack athlete at the Capital Cross Challenge finishing 96th Overall in the 8k with a time of 25:22.2 … Also was the best Wolf Pack athlete at the Bronco Invitational with his time of 25:21.1 which earned the freshman an 80th overall placement … Scored 46th at the MW Championship which was the best Wolf Pack performance with his time of 25:29.6 … His time of 33:25.7 at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship was good enough to rank him at #95 and was also the best time out of Wolf Pack athletes competing.
High School – Honored with All-State Cross Country in 2018 … Personal records of 15:26 in the 5k, 9:27 in the 3200m and 4:25 in the 1600m.
Personal – Son of Steve and Laurie Sjolund and sibling of sister, Emma Sjolund … was an IB Diploma candidate and Valedictorian … intends to study mechanical engineering … enjoys hiking, cmaping and spending time with family and friends.
(courtesy Nevada Wolf Pack)
Freshman (2019) – Scored 5th overall and was the 3rd fastest time out of the Wolf Pack athletes competing in the 8k at the Nevada Twilight Classic with a time of 24:50 … Scored in 51st at the MW Championship with his time of 26:10 … His time of 36:05.7 at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship was good enough to rank him at #127 overall.
High School – Honored with First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-State in cross country… lettered three times in cross country… has personal records of 15:52 in the 5k, 9:37 in the 3200m and 4:31 in the 1600m.
Personal – Son of Michael and Tracy Leavitt… has an older sister, Kaelin… born in Truckee Calif. … likes to bike, learn and volunteer.