Azia Brewster didn’t realize her full potential as a track-and-field athlete at Ceres High School.
“I always made it to Masters,” the 2017 CHS grad said. “I never made it to state.”
Brewster enjoyed a breakout season during her first season at Modesto Junior College this spring.
“I didn’t think I’d get this far because I took a year off and was a late addition to the team,” she said. “I also had a setback (health problem) at the beginning of the season.”
Brewster brought home an eighth-place medal in the javelin from the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships on May 18 at San Mateo College.
She had a throw of 112 feet, four inches.
Brewster also took ninth in the high jump (4-11).
The top eight individuals in each event medaled.
“It’s a really big accomplishment. I know I could have done better. But I’m still proud of what I did. I made it to state my first year. Hopefully, I place higher and win a championship next season.”Azia Brewster
“It’s a really big accomplishment,” Brewster said. “I know I could have done better. But I’m still proud of what I did. I made it to state my first year. Hopefully, I place higher and win a championship next season.”
Brewster almost secured a berth to state in the heptathlon, which consists of competing in the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200, javelin, long jump and 800.
She finished seventh overall at the Northern California Conference Championships on April 17 at Chabot College.
The top six individuals advanced to state.
“It was a really cool experience,” Brewster said. “It was fun being able to do all of the events.”
Brewster was second in the javelin and fourth in the high jump as an individual at the NorCal Championships.
She won the javelin title and finished fifth in the high jump at the Big-8 Championships. She set a PR in the javelin (116 feet, 9 inches).
“I’ve always been athletic and been able to do well in pretty much any event I wanted to do,” she said. “Plus, I’m putting in more time and effort now. That elevates it (my performance) even more.”
Brewster spent the fall semester of her freshman year in 2017 at Sacramento State before returning home due to financial issues.
“Coming back here was a blessing in disguise,” she said. “It got me back in track and field. I got my grades together. It made me grow.”
Brewster enrolled for summer school at Modesto JC in 2018.
“Once I told the coaches all the events I did in high school, they recommended the heptathlon,” she said. “It is intimidating competing against girls that are bigger and taller than me. It makes me want to work even harder to get to where they are because I feel like I can.”