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Ella Worrell-McKinna (left) receives the baton from Caroline Pietrzyk during the 4x400-meter relay at the Malibu Track & Field Invitational on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Malibu High School in Malibu, Calif. Alex Vejar/22nd Century Media
Junior Natalie Aldrich leaps over the bar during the high jump event at the Malibu Track & Field Invitational on Saturday, March 21, at Malibu High School. Alex Vejar/22nd Century Media
Senior Ara Bolander jumps over a hurdle during the 300-meter hurdle race.
Senior Alec Wilimovsky (right) runs in third place during a race at Malibu High School.
Alex Vejar, Staff Writer
12:10 pm PDT March 24, 2015

When junior Sophie Johnson turned the corner for her last lap of the 1600-meter run, she told herself to imagine a car was going after her. 

She already had a healthy lead over the other runners, but she knew if she pushed herself a little more, she could break her personal best time of 6 minutes, 30 seconds.

Johnson accomplished her goal, bettering her previous record by more than 15 seconds.