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Optimism abound in girls track & field
Brewster, Simon will lead CHS, CV teams
Sophomore Mahogany Simon will be striving for additional success with Central Valleys varsity girls track and field team. Simon advanced to Masters in the 300 hurdles her freshman year. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Azia Brewster is the Ceres High varsity girls track and field team's most accomplished returner.

Mahogany Simon enjoyed success during her first season with Central Valley in 2015.

Brewster and Simon will lead the way this year.

"I have high expectations for Azia," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said. "She's been very consistent the last two seasons. We're going to try to get her over the hump this year. She's going to have to get to the 5-6 to 5-8 range in the high jump to get past Masters."

"Mahogany works and trains diligently on a regular basis, so I do anticipate her achieving her goals for the season," Hawks head coach Veronica Moreno said. "Whether she PR's, earns a WAC title or makes it to state, the coaching staff and I will be very proud. However, I will let Mahogany determine her path to accomplishments."

Brewster performed like a veteran en route to qualifying for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships during her sophomore and freshman years.

She tied for ninth in the high jump (4-11) last season.

Azia defended her high-jump title (4-10) and finished first in the 100 hurdles (16.85) at the Western Athletic Conference Finals in 2015. She was a member of the Bulldogs' winning 4x100 relay team (52.53). She also took third in the long jump (14-71/2).

Brewster cleared a personal-best 5 feet, 1 inch while taking fifth in the high jump at Divisionals. She placed 11th in the 100 hurdles (16.96) and 14th in the long jump (14-81/2).

Simon qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships her freshman year.

Mahogany placed 20th in the 300 hurdles (47.80) at Masters, fifth (47.63) at Divisionals and second (49.29) at the WAC finals.

She set a personal record at Divisionals.

"Mahogany is a very talented athlete and a selfless teammate," Central Valley sprints/hurdles coach Nathan Diamantine said. "With how hard she works and how committed she is to her craft and her team's success, it will just be exciting to see how the season plays out. We do our best to help our athletes believe that through hard work, loyalty to their teammates and a trust in their training, any goal is possible. The sport of track and field is a great training ground for life. It teaches you success through effort. We believe in the power of setting goals and no goal is unattainable."

Older sister Heaven Simon, a 2015 Central Valley grad, ranks among the Hawks' all-time greatest athletes.

Mahogany will have an opportunity to establish her own legacy with solid performances over the next three seasons.

"Mahogany and Heaven share many similarities," Diamantine said. "Their athletic ability is obviously noticeable and similar, but even more impressive, they share the same zest for life. They are some of the most humble and caring young adults you could ever imagine. It does so much to help build a team into a family when some of your best athletes are even better people. Track is a beautiful, but tough sport and the season is long. It is very demanding on the student athlete. But Mahogany and her sister Heaven approach every moment with a smile and a desire to learn. They would both prefer to watch their teammates succeed than get any recognition for their successes."

Azia could make a deep run during the postseason as well.

"She's a great girl," Johnson said. "She works really hard. Her natural talent helps her out a lot."