To the high school senior, academics have always come first. Sure, she loves to run, but Abrego has long had a unique perspective on what it means to be a student-athlete.
"I don't necessarily think I've been working hard at my academics to get to a point where I could run for a good school," she explained. "I've been working hard at my running, so that I can go to a good school for my academics."
It's a mindset that's led her to a promising future. Next spring, Abrego will graduate from Granada Hills Charter and head to Dartmouth University — something she still can't help but smile about.