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World-class runner, Hazelwood grad returns to former school

A Hazelwood Central alumna who has established herself as one of the world’s premier track athletes paid a visit to her former elementary school recently.

Ashley Henderson, a Class of 2014 graduate and former Jamestown Elementary student, inspired students on Sept. 20 with stories of her track career and the importance of working hard in school and in life.

Students in P.E. teacher Joe Stdko’s class had the opportunity to ask ‘the fastest woman in the world’ questions and pose for pictures afterward.

Henderson’s time of 10.98 seconds in the 100-meter sprint in late April is the fastest women’s time in the world for the event in 2018.

Her message to the students included stories of some of her failures and how they made her a stronger runner.

Henderson also emphasized the importance of integrity and even shared some YouTube videos of her events with the students.

After graduating from Hazelwood Central, Henderson attended San Diego State University on a track scholarship, where some of her accomplishments include:

- School record in 60 M indoor sprint, 100 M outdoor sprint, 200 M indoor sprint, and 4x100 outdoor relay

- Three trips to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including a 2nd place finish in 2016 in the 100 M sprint

- Numerous achievements earned in the Mountain West Conference

Henderson graduated SDSU with a Communications degree and now has her sights set on the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2020.

Ashley Henderson speaks to students Sept. 20 Ashley Henderson at Jamestown Elementary