For just about 10 minutes Saturday night, Menlo School junior Robert Miranda and Palo Alto senior Kent Slaney ran among the best 3,200 meter runners California had to offer. Gunn senior Margaret Redfield had a little more time to mingle with the best women high jumpers in the state.
It was their reward for all the hard work, perseverance dedication they put in. For every race under the lights at a big meet like the California state track and field meet, there are weeks and months and years of preparation that go into it.
Every athlete who strives to be the best has had to overcome pain, injury, academic rigors and conflicting interests. It's the nature of sport, much like the nature of life, where difficult choices await.
Competing in the finals is an achievement in itself. A 10th or 11th place finish may not seem like much on paper but it is more than just the result.
Redfield, who finished 11th in the girls high jump at 5-2, and Slaney, who finished 11th in the 3,200 in 9:13.99, will both he attending M.I.T. in the fall. Miranda, who was 10th in the 3,200 in 9:13.84, is on a path to a similar destination.
Some own school records in their respective events and will no doubt achieve bigger and better successes. For a few precious moments at Buchanan High in Clovis, they got to share their passion among a group of passionate athletes.
In Friday's prelims, Castilleja's Claire Traum ran a personal best 2:12.27 in the 800 but finished 13th overall, just missing the finals.
Palo Alto's Titilola Bolarinwa didn't run as well in the 400 as she has previously and finished out of the running.
The Vikings 4x400 relay team ran under four minutes again (3:58.93) but did not come close to its school record accomplished in the CCS finals.
Bolarinwa, the lone senior on the team, was joined in the relay by Briana Miller, Maya Reuven and Ella Ball.
Menlo-Atherton's Maggie Hall completed the 200 in 25.01.
On the boys side, Menlo-Atherton's Terrance Matthews-Murphy managed to throw the discus 166-4 to finish 14th and Paly's Michel-Ange Siaba went 42-10 3/4 a week after going 45-2 1/2 to win the CCS title.