Normal Community’s Ali Ince bursts onto national scene with fastest 800 time in the country

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Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 11:06 PM CDT
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NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Normal Community put her name on the map in Illinois in 2021 as she won 3 state track titles as a freshman phenom. She took a step further this April. She took it national. The now-sophomore won the 800 at the famed Arcadia Invitational in California at the beginning of the month and in doing so, clocked the fastest 800 time in the country this season.

“Yeah, it’s a pretty crazy feeling,” Ince said of having the fastest time in the country. “It was a great race out there in California. There were a ton of great girls that really pushed me. It’s definitely a pretty cool feeling to have that time and it’s just motivating because you want to keep that position. I definitely know that there’s girls around the country that are waiting to beat that and run faster so that’ll just push me to run faster and keep that position.”

Ince has had an incredible amount of success in the first two years of her high school career and the scary part for her competition, she says she’s still getting better.

“We’ve been doing a ton of like 400 speed workouts and so I definitely think I’ve gotten better in the 400 and even some 200 speed,” Ince said. “I would like to go 2:02 in the 800 and then hopefully break 4:40 in the mile but we’ll see what happens. It’s pretty ambitious but I think it’s possible.”

It seems like just about anything is possible for Ince as she continues her remarkable career. More state titles come May. Perhaps more national success. She knows the pressure will be there but says it’s only going to push her even harder.

“There’s a little bit of pressure to replicate what I did last year,” Ince said. “But I think that’ll just motivate me even more to do better and train harder because everyone wants to go out and get that time too. Having targets on my back is a good thing and will push me more.”

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