Bryce Ford wants her final season with Ceres High School's varsity girls track and field team to be her best.
"I'm going to try to make it to state," she said. "It would mean a lot. I've been chasing it since freshman year."
Ford qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships in three events during her junior year, including the 300 hurdles (14th), 100 hurdles (17th) and high jump (11th).
She placed second in the 300 hurdles (46.37) and 100 hurdles (16.06), and fourth in the high jump (5-0) at the Division IV-V Championships.
She swept the 100 hurdles (16.28), 300 hurdles (47.92) and high jump (5-1), and finished second in the triple jump (34-10) at the Western Athletic Conference finals.
Bryce advanced to the Masters meet in the 300 hurdles and high jump her freshman year. She was runner-up in the high jump at Divisionals. Ford took second in the high jump, third in the 300 hurdles, fourth in the 400 and sixth in the triple jump at the Valley Oak League Championships.
"I'm motivated because it's my senior year," she said. "But I know I got to work a lot harder than previous years because there's really good athletes out there."
Ford plans to change her diet as well. No more Taco Bell. No more Dr. Pepper.
"I'm a junk-food junkie," she said. "I have to cut back on that. If I don't my body will get exhausted because it's not getting what it needs."
Ford just started training for the upcoming track and field season.
She missed the first couple of weeks due to basketball.
Ford helped lead the Bulldogs to their first playoff appearance in three years.
Ceres High compiled an 11-9 overall record and placed third in the WAC standings (7-5).
Bryce earned first-team, all-conference honors.
The first week of practice at Bulldog Stadium was a challenge. Conditioning consisted of four 300-yard runs.
"You're struggling to hold back your puke," she said.