Freshman sensation Sayda Taylor capped off one of the great seasons in Yosemite High track history Friday night at the 98th annual CIF State Track and Field Championships.
More than 1,100 athletes representing 400 high schools participated in the premier high school state meet in the country.
Qualifying events were held Friday, with the finals held Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Fresno’s Buchanan High School.
Competing in the last of three heats, Taylor ran a 25.25 in the 200 meters. Although she did not advance to the finals, her time was her fastest time of the season, improving on her previous school record of 25.64.
Taylor was one of two freshman in the 27-girl field who qualified for the state meet.
“Sayda went out and ran a strong race,” said assistant track coach Kellie Vaughn. “Sayda had a strong start and ran a very good race. Her time shows that. This is an amazing field of athletes and she did very well.”
Taylor ends her season ranked No 1 all-time in the 100 meter (12.54) and 200 meter (25.25) events.
Taylor, along with Chloe Duke, Peyton Garner, and Lauren Peterson ended the season with the second best all-time YHS mark in the 4x100 relay at 50.88.
Taylor’s long jump of 17-2 is No. 3 all-time at YHS, and her high jump of 5-4 is now tied for No. 2.
Taylor won four individual events at the North Sequoia League championships on May 4, leading the Yosemite girls team to its second straight league track title.
See Gregg Dodderidge’s column, “My Mountain View” in the June 9 edition of the Sierra Star for details.