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Karrah Brown determined to succeed
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Karrah Brown talks about her transformation after cruising to a first-place finish during the Ceres High varsity girls cross country team's 23-39 win against Downey on Oct. 12 at Legion Park. The senior pauses mid-sentence to provide encouragement to her teammates.

“I'm way more dedicated this year,” Brown said. “I actually want to compete. I want to improve my times. Last year, I wasn't into it at all. I was burnt out.”

Added Ceres coach Glenn Driskell: “She's having a much better year. Last year, she wasn't focused. She loafed.”

Brown had a stellar regular season. She placed first two times, second twice and fourth once during dual meets.

Brown capped off the regular season with a second-place finish in a 21-34 loss to Grace Davis on Wednesday at Davis Park. She set a personal record on the 2.8-mile course (18:37).

Brown completed the 3.1-mile course at Legion Park in a season-best time of 20:14-14 seconds off her career-best mark-during the Bulldogs' victory over the Knights.

Brown said she's improved by an average of one minute this season.

“I ran in the 21s last year,” she said.

Brown's success can be attributed to her strong work ethic and commitment to excellence.

“It's kind of sad I waited to my last year to realize it,” she said.

Brown practices five times a week.

She runs timed miles.

She runs hills.

She also focuses on long distance.

“If you drive around Ceres, you'll see us,” she said.

Brown also made off-season training a priority.

Brown and 15 of her teammates attended a running camp in July. They ran 50 miles in 41/2 days at Harden Flat, which is located outside Yosemite National Park. They averaged 12 miles per day.

Brown will strive to set a personal record at the Modesto Metro Conference championships on Friday at Legion Park.

“I'm going to break 20 minutes,” she said. “I don't know how far under.”

Brown will also try to advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section championships for the fourth time.

In 2002, she placed fifth in 12:32 at the Division I frosh-soph meet.

In 2003, she placed 17th in 21:22 at the Division I varsity girls meet.

In 2004, she placed 21st in 21:33 at the Division II varsity girls meet.

When Brown graduates from Ceres High in May, she'll leave as one of the school's greatest runners, like Tiffany Rhea and Natalie Alvarez. - By DALE BUTLER /Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier