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Valuable track and field experience for trio
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Central Valley's Mahogany Simon, and Ceres High's Azia Brewster and Seth Gibson gained valuable experiencing while competing at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships on May 28 in Elk Grove.

Simon, Brewster and Gibson participated in the trials.

"There are thousands of kids in the state of California that didn't get to Masters," Bulldogs head coach Brett Johnson said. "It's a big accomplishment."

Gibson, a junior, placed 18th with a time of 15.71 seconds in the 110 hurdles.

Seth was seeded 13th.

Gibson completed race in a personal-best 15.29 at the Division IV-V competition a week earlier.

"He didn't look comfortable from the very first hurdle," Johnson said. "I think his nerves got to him. He was a little tight. When you get to Masters, everybody is good. The margin between first place and last place can be a couple tenths of a second. Seth's got a great attitude. As soon as the meet was over, he said he was going to run a 14 next year. He's seen the competition and knows what's out there. I'm really proud of him. He had a great season. He was versatile for us. He was very consistent."

Brewster, a sophomore, tied for ninth in the high jump.

She cleared 4 feet, 11 inches.

The event featured 24 competitors.

Azia, a two-time Masters participant, cleared the opening height of 4-11 with ease.

She had three failed attempts at 5-1.

Brewster nearly cleared the bar on her first attempt.

"She cleared 5-2 at practice the day before," Johnson said.

Granite Bay's Natalie Caraway and Bella Vista's Shelby Dozier both advanced to state with 5-3 marks.

"Azia wasn't far off," Johnson said. "I think we're going to see some bigger things from her next year. If she dedicates herself, I don't see any reason why she couldn't get to 5-5."

Simon, a freshman, placed 20th (47.80) in the 300 hurdles.

Mahogany set a PR in the event (47.63) at Divisionals.