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CV hurdler Simon misses securing berth to CIF State Championships
Simon will make trip to Clovis as an alternate
Hawk Heaven Simon posted a personal-best time of 44.07 seconds en route to finishing in fourth place in the 300 hurdles at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships on Friday at Elk Grove High School. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Courier

Heaven Simon narrowly missed qualifying for the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

The Central Valley High School senior took fourth overall in the 300 hurdles at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet on Friday at Elk Grove High School.

"I'm an alternate for state," she said. "I'll be going just in case one of the top three doesn't go. I'd love to get the opportunity to compete one last time. I'll probably have my best time of the season. I've been PR-ing constantly. The competition pushes me to go faster."

Simon completed the race in a personal-best 44.07 seconds.

Vacaville junior Hannah Davis (43.55) claimed the third and final berth to state with her third-place finish.

"I didn't run my best," Simon said. "I stutter stepped every hurdle. Surprisingly, I got a PR. I was very shocked. I started off in sixth place. I passed people. If there was a little bit more meters, I could have took third."

Simon joined Central Valley's varsity track and field program her freshman year.

She qualified for Masters for the third straight season.

Heaven set personal records while successfully defending her 300-hurdles title (45.77 seconds) and finishing first in the 400 (58.11) at the 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV-V Championships.

She placed third in the 400 and fourth in the 300 hurdles as a sophomore.

Heaven took eighth in the 400 her freshman year.

Simon captured four individual titles at the Western Athletic Conference Championships this spring.

She swept the 100 (13.09 seconds), 200 (27.05), 400 (59.59) and 300 hurdles (46.85).

Heaven won the 300 hurdles (48.53) and 400 (1:04.68) at the WAC Finals in 2014. She also ran a leg on the Hawks' winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams.

She placed first in the 400 (1:03.45), and second in the 200 (26.60) and 300 hurdles (51.56) her sophomore year.

Simon finished first in the 400 (1:05.81), third in the 100 (13.35) and fifth in the 200 (28.36) as a freshman.

"I'm satisfied," Heaven said. "I accomplished a lot. I improved a lot. I learned a lot. Not too many athletes get to Masters finals and have a shot to go to state."

The CIF State Meet will be staged, June 5-6, at Clovis' Buchanan High School.