Gering runner invited to join Team USA
     2012-03-22      By Brian Hale    brianhale@geringcitizen.com
Sara Ensrud in September 2003, during her time as a Bulldog cross country runner at Gering High School. 
The U.S. Indoor Track and Field Team have its newest member in Gering native, Sara (Ensrud) Vaughn. Vaughn, a 2004 Gering High School graduate and multiple record holder, went on the University of Colorado where she attained both Academic and Cross Country All-American status. After college, she became a professional athlete and was recently selected to join the U.S. Indoor Track Team after a series of good performances culminating with a great meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The road to becoming a professional athlete on the United States Indoor Track Team has not been an easy one for the Gering standout, however. At the end of her sophomore season at Boulder, Sara became pregnant and was faced with a serious decision. A common expectation of most female student-athletes is to have an abortion, but she chose a different route. There was no NCAA policy to prohibit her choice, so she risked her scholarship and decided to parent her child with her husband Brent and it paid off.

Vaughn could have easily lost focus, but she didn’t. In fact, she embraced her new image as a pregnant runner and buckled down in the classroom, earning the Academic All-American status one year after her daughter Ciara was born. On the track, she trained even harder to get back into top NCAA shape and ended up lowering her 1500-meter time by 15 seconds and she broke the school record at CU in the mile. She finished her collegiate career as a Cross Country All-American and earned All-Big 12 and All-Region honors.

Sara Marie Ensrud was born May 16, 1986 in Kearney, Neb. She is the daughter of David C. Ensrud Jr. and Alicia Warren of Gering, Neb. Ensrud married fellow cross country/track and field teammate Brent Vaughn and they have two daughters, Ciara Grace, born Sept. 23, 2006 and Calia Evelyn, born June 26, 2010.

She is currently in running internationally in Turkey, but will return to her ‘base’ in the U.S. soon. According to Sara, “My family is my base, my launching pad. The bigger, more robust, more love-filled my launching pad, the higher I can fly.”
For more information about Sara, visit her website at www.goteamvaughn.com or you can reach her through Twitter as @MomVaughn.

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