On February 29, Tierney Wolfgram lined up with 450 other women as the youngest competitor in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials at 16 years old. She finished in the top 25 percent of the field in a time of 2:42.
Fast forward to April and Wolfgram was doing what most high school kids her age were doing—finishing up her junior year with online classes, running with a quarantine buddy, and wondering what her senior year would look like.
It didn’t take long for that vision to become clear: On April 30, Wolfgram decided to graduate this spring, one year early, and join the University of Nevada Wolfpack women’s cross-country team in the fall; a low-profile choice for a high-profile runner.
A recognizable talent from an early age, Wolfgram won the 2017 Minnesota state cross country title as a freshman, and tacked on another win at the Nike Cross Heartland Regional meet a…