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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Zion Allen, Manteca track & field
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Zion Allen

Bound for Brigham Young on a football scholarship, the Buffaloes senior leaves quite a track and field legacy behind having won both the 100- and 200-meter races in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Davis Senior High’s Dewey Halden Field.

Allen first broke the school records in those two races last season, and he continued doing so repeatedly up to Saturday with his 10.73-second clocking in the 100 and 21.82 in the 200. Allen qualified for California State Track and Field Championships on Friday at Buchanan High in Clovis.

“I started out this year a little slow in the 200,” Allen said. “I was running in the low 22’s. But coach Lyons and I have been working on my curve and I got down to 21.8.

“I have been working on my block get-off in the 100 and I am so excited to be going to state.”

Allen has proved to be a natural in track, accomplishing all he has in just two seasons.

“This is just his second year in track and field,” Buffaloes coach Paul Lyons said. “The growth that he has seen in easily the two most over-saturated events in the sport is amazing. He has broken every school record he has tried – except the 4x400 relay, but maybe if we had more time he would get that one, too.

“He’s coachable, he’s smart, he cares about the sport, he works hard and I am going to miss him greatly when I lose him. It is great to be a part of what he is accomplishing now.”