Gunn junior Sarah Robinson will have every right to be a little tired on Sunday, after running the equivalent of three miles at the 2013 CIF State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis.
Robinson made the most of her ironman effort as she finished third in the girls' 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200 to make two trips to the medal podium.
Robinson became the first Gunn girl to bring two medals home from the state final.
In the 1,600 early in the evening, Robinson had to come from well off the pace set by Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley. She grabbed the lead from the very start and never let it go, forcing the field to chase her on the hot evening.
Robinson was in fourth place with one lap to go, but made a move with 250 left and took over second. The gap between Robinson and Maxwell was too great, however. Robinson made a valiant attempt to catch Maxwell on the homestretch, but was passed by Nikki Hiltz of Aptos with less than 10 meters left.
Maxwell won in 4:47.36 with Hiltz second in 4:48.07 and Robinson third in 4:48.37. The order of finish was perhaps appropriate since the three ranked No. 1, 2 and 3 in the state, respectively, coming into the meet.
Robinson collapsed to the track for a moment after the race, but made a nice recovery in time for the 3,200. There she ran the race of her life while clocking a school record of 10:26.65 for fifth place.
Heavily favored Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley won easily in 10:10.71 for her third straight state title while SLV's Maxwell added a second medal in this meet with a third-place finish of 10:25.68.
The only other local athlete to compete in Saturday's finals was Menlo School junior Maddy Price. She finished sixth in the girls' 400 meters in 54.94, the second-fastest time of her life and her second race under 55 seconds this season.
Price came into the finals having clocked the No. 2 qualifying time of 55.15 in the prelims. The top qualifier, Nia Dorner of Cordova, made good on her top seed by pulling away in the final to win in a state-leading 53.00.
Price also was passed on the homestretch by Ellisa Bryant of Piedmont Hills, who lost to Price at the CCS finals. Bryant finished third on Saturday in a CCS-leading 54.64.
"She is crushed," Menlo coach Jorge Chen said of Price. "(But) We are still really proud of her for coming from not even making the finals last year to dropping almost three seconds from a year ago to a podium finish and going under 55.00 twice this year.
"But, all that won't matter to Maddy since she's a fierce competitor. But, when she takes some time to let her season sink in, I'm sure she'll feel better -- just in time to qualify to represent Canada in the (Jr.) Pan Am Games in Colombia this summer."