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Thiara on track for Cal Poly-SLO

Sierra senior will run track for Mustangs

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POSTED April 18, 2017 11:38 p.m.

Going to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo was always a dream for Bikram Thiara.
That dream became a reality Tuesday as the Sierra High senior signed his National Letter of Intent to run track for the Mustangs.
He shared the special occasion at the school library surrounded by his parents, Harjinder Singh (father) and Harpinder Kaur (mother), brother Gary, teammates, administrators and coaches.
“I had offers from other schools, but most of those were from out of state,” said Thiara, who took sixth last year in the CIF state track and field meet in the 300 meter hurdles.
No surprise that Thiara would like nothing better than to improve on those numbers as the track and field season unwinds for the Timberwolves.
“Bikram has always had the speed and endurance for the 300 hurdles. He runs a smart race – he knows how to read the field,” said Sierra head track coach Ezequiel Ruiz.
Thiara is a two-sport athlete at Sierra. He ran varsity track for the past three years and played varsity basketball for the Timberwolves under coach Scott Thomason for the last two years.
“Playing basketball helped in my jumping,” he said.
In track, he ran the 400 and 110 high hurdles. The 300 hurdles turned out to be a good fit.
“I’ve ran the 300 hurdles since my freshman year but only began focusing on it last year,” Thiara said.
His rise in the event propelled him to the state meet, where he not only medaled but ran a personal-best time of 37.82 seconds.
Ruiz entered Thiara in several big track and field meets this year, including the one in Arcadia – he took third place in both heats of the 110 high hurdles and 300 hurdles, according to the coach – and the upcoming Meet of Champions.
As for Cal Poly, Thiara, who was born in Berkeley and has lived in Manteca since he was a second grader, recalled his visit to the school.
It was a comfortable feeling.
“It was like home,” he said. “It has both agriculture (Manteca) and a city vibe (Berkeley).”
Thiara, in particular, is looking forward to competing in the 400 hurdles for the Division I Mustangs of the Big West Conference.
He’s planning to major in Computer Engineering.

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