Azia Brewster's fourth and final season with Ceres High's varsity girls track and field team nearly came to an abrupt end this past weekend.
"I almost missed the bus in the morning due to some confusion," she said. "I refocused and was able to perform well. I'm proud of myself."
Brewster swept three events and placed second in another one while dominating at the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Pacheco High School.
Azia took first in the high jump (4-10), long jump (15-111/2) and triple jump (33-71/2), and was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (18.38).
"Overall, I'm happy," she said. "But I'm also sad because it's my last WAC meet."
Brewster completed a remarkable run against WAC competition.
She captured 10 individual conference medals in four seasons.
Azia finished first six times, including three times in the high jump, and once in the long jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles.
"I've had a pretty good career," Brewster said. "I never thought I'd be considered one of the best. I owe a lot to my coaches. Without them pushing me, I wouldn't have been able to accomplish all of these great things."
Brewster and Ceres High teammates Julia Pata, Azar Harrison, Destiny Suarez, Camryn Elness, Shania Evans, Mya Robinson, Alyssa Stiles, Brisa Gonzalez, Carli Gomes, Alina Williams, Rachael Thomas and Chelsey Silva will all compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV-V Championships this week at Stanislaus State.
The top three individuals and three relay teams in the WAC were awarded berths.
Pata was a double-winner at the conference finals.
She placed first in the shot put (33-2) and discus (90-4).
Harrison placed second in the 400 (1:05.14) and fourth in the 200 (27.96).
Suarez placed third in the 800 (2:49.19) and 1,600 (6:06.18).
Elness placed third in the shot put (27-10).
Evans placed third in the triple jump (31-01/2).
Robinson placed fourth in the high jump (4-6).
Stiles placed fourth in the triple jump (30-5) and fifth in the long jump (14-41/2).
Gonzalez placed fourth in the 3,200 (15:11.79) and eighth in the 1,600 (6:39.26).
Ceres High's 4x100 relay team of Gomes, Robinson, Harrison and Williams placed third (54.20).
Ceres High's 4x400 relay team of Thomas, Silva, Suarez and Harrison placed third (4:40.37).
Thomas also placed fifth in the 400 (1:09.33).
Williams placed fifth in the 100 (13.72) and sixth in the 200 (29.28).
Gomes placed sixth in the 100 (13.94) and 300 hurdles (55.90).
Silva placed sixth in the 800 (2:57.49) and seventh in the 1,600 (6:28.25).
Robinson placed ninth in the 100 (14.10)
Kendall Meyer placed sixth in the triple jump (30-01/2), seventh in the high jump (4-2) and eighth in the long jump (13-0).
Mahogany Simon of crosstown-rival Central Valley edged out Brewster for the 100-hurdles title at the WAC Championships for the second year in a row.
"I plan to do better in the hurdles at Divisionals," Azia said. "Mahogany's my main competition. She's really good."