Azar Harrison had plenty of momentum heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section Varsity Girls Track & Field Masters Championships this past week.
The Ceres High senior won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV 800-meter title in a personal-best time of 2:21.19 on May 10 in Stockton.
She shattered Diljeet Dosanjh Taylor’s school record, which stood for 24 years.
Harrison placed 16th overall (2:22.29) during the Masters trials on Friday at Davis Sr. High School.
“It was my first time competing at Masters,” she said. “I enjoyed the experience. I didn’t do my best but I tried. It was one of the faster times I’ve run this season.”
Harrison was seeded 16th for the event.
“I was nervous because I had never been to Masters before,” she said. “All the other girls ran really fast times. The first lap, it felt like I was sprinting because I was just trying to keep up with them. I was tired during the second lap. I should have run faster.”
Harrison placed first in the 800 (2:27.69) and third in the 400 (1:00.86) at the Western Athletic Conference Championships.
She enjoyed her best season to date during her final year with the Bulldogs.
Harrison’s improvement in the 800 was nothing short of amazing.
“I wish I would have run the 800 my sophomore and junior years,” she said. “I probably would have made it to state.”