Records are made to be broken.
If Ana Holland has her way, the records she is rapidly collecting with the Colorado track and field program will border on unbreakable by the time her career his done.
A sophomore sprinter who gained national renown for her high-speed exploits at Regis Jesuit High School, Holland has made an emphatic statement in recent weeks that she is rounding into the form that made her one of the nation's most sought-after recruits just a couple years ago.
"It's one of the goals I set for myself coming in — get the records for the events you run," Holland said. "It shows me that I'm on the right track. I just want to keep going and keep breaking my own records and hopefully make them unbreakable."
In short order this month, Holland etched her name beside two of the most prestigious records any sprinter could hope for, setting new CU standards in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
Last week, Holland turned in a time of 22.45 seconds in the 200 at the Mt. SAC Relays in California, topping her own previous outdoor record by .09 of a second.
Holland was even more impressive a week earlier, turning in the signature performance as the Buffs hosted their annual CU Invitational. Holland won the 100 with a time of 11.63 seconds, breaking a CU outdoor record that had stood for 26 years. Holland also participated in the Buffs winning effort in the 400 relay that day, as the group turned in the program's No. 2 all-time mark with a time of 44.98 seconds.
Interestingly, the previous 100 meter record was held by Yolanda Johnson, who was one of Holland's club coaches during high school.
"(Johnson) saw my mom at one of the meets and my mom told her I was coming for her records," Holland said. "I was hoping to get it last year, and to get it this year means I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing and that I should just continue down that path.
"I don't put pressure on myself. I just do the best I can do every time I step out on the track. I'm hoping I can get back to my high school times, because I haven't gotten there yet."
Holland earned Colorado's Gatorade Athlete of the Year honors after all four of her seasons at Regis and competed with the USA Junior National Team. At the Pan-Am Games in 2013 Holland was part of a gold-winning team in the 400 meter relay while also placing third in the 100.
After redshirting in 2014, Holland enjoyed a solid inaugural campaign with the Buffs last year but believes she is just now rounding into the form that made her one of the elite sprint recruits in the country.
"She's so talented," said first-year sprints coach Burke Bockman. "Everyone in the country basically knew of her in high school no matter where you were coaching at. I was fully aware she was a talent at a young age.
"The fortunate thing when I got hired is that I inherited a talented group. I think she's getting more comfortable. When her times start dropping and start getting back to those high school times, it makes that easier."