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Former CHS, CV athletes qualify for state championships
Ceres High grad Alejandro Garcia and Central Valley alumnus Jasveen Brar are both enjoying memorable freshman seasons with Modesto Junior College's track and field program.

Garcia and Brar will represent the Pirates at the 2011 California Community College Athletic Association State Championships this week in Sacramento.

Alejandro and Jasveen qualified by virtue of their standout performances at the Northern California Community College Track and Field Finals.

Garcia finished first in the 10,000 meters (32:31) and 5,000 meters (15:14.14). It was Alejandro's first time competing in the 10,000.

"I'm grateful for what I've been able to achieve," Garica said. "Being around such great talent motivates you."

Brar took fourth in the 400 hurdles. She completed the race in a personal-best 65.11 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in school history.

She's also an alternate for the Pirates' state-qualifying 4x100 relay team.

"I couldn't stop smiling the entire day," said Jasveen, who's trimmed five seconds off her 400 hurdles time within the past month. "I definitely did surprise myself. I wasn't expecting it to drop that much."

Robert Taylor, Modesto Junior College's sprints coach, said Jasveen's peaking at the right time.

"She's been the most improved athlete by far the last few weeks," Taylor stated. "She's a hard worker. She has a great personality. That's what I like about her the most."

The CCCAA Championships will be held at American River College, May 20-21.

"My goal for state is to improve on my time," Brar said.

Said Garcia: "I'm going to run my heart and guts out."