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GONE IN 60 SECONDS
Sub-minute race the highlight of East Union freshmans season
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East Union’s Megan Jordan is the 2010 Manteca Bulletin All-Area Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. - photo by HIME ROMERO

2010 MANTECA BULLETIN ALL-AREA GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM

• Chantel Burton, Sierra junior: Valley Oak League champion in the discus throw (95 feet, 3 inches) placed seventh in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III meet and qualified for the section’s Masters as an alternate. She improved her mark at Masters, going 95-7 for a 16th-place finish.
• Jerrica Hauck, East Union sophomore: Blossomed in the postseason, starting with a first-place finish in the pole vault (8-8) during the VOL meet. Hauck continued to soar, winning the SJS D-III title with a personal best vault of 10-0. At Masters, she cleared the opening mark of 9-3 and finished in 12th place.
• Da’Mesha Henderson, East Union senior: The VOL’s top 100-meter sprinter also took third in the 200. At divisionals, she was fourth in the 100 and anchored the Lancers’ 4x100 relay team to a fourth-place finish.
• Makayla Valdez, East Union junior: The other half of East Union’s terrific sprinting tandem was the runner-up to Henderson in the VOL 100-meter race but won the 200. She improved her 200 time in the D-III meet, taking third in 26.19 seconds. Valdez ended up qualifying for Masters in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay and placed 14th in the 200.
• Taylor Renee Wilson, Sierra senior: Overshadowed by Oakdale High’s Jaci Powell, a state qualifier in both jumping events, Wilson quietly had a solid season for the Timberwolves. She was the runner-up to Powell in the VOL and Division-III meets in the long jump with marks of 17-9 ½ and 17-1 ½, respectively. Wilson also placed third in the VOL 400 and was a part of the league champion 4x100 relay team that took second at divisionals.

— Jonamar Jacinto

 

East Union freshman Megan Jordan was more concerned about finishing the race in less than 1 than doing so as No. 1.

“I just wanted to get it done in 59 (seconds),” she said.

Well, she did both.

The Bulletin’s All-Area Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year had an outstanding season, but the highlight of her rookie year came in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III 400-meter finals at Modesto Junior College.

Her motivation was her mom, Tracy Jordan, a 1987 graduate of East Union whose career-best time in the 400 was in the 59-second range.

Leading up to divisionals, Megan hovered above the 1-minute mark and came close several times, but none closer than in the Valley Oak League Championships when she clocked the winning 400 time in 1:00.60. She also won the league title in the 800.

“I didn’t know if I could make it past (the VOL meet),” Megan said. “But I figured that if I didn’t hit the 59-second mark then that I didn’t want to end my season yet.”

Jordan set an all-time personal record at the D-III meet, punching in a time of 59.74. With the first-place medal already well within her grasp, she glanced at the clock with about 5 meters to go and smiled as she crossed the finish line.

Jordan, who also plays basketball and volleyball at EU, is a natural in track. She never played competitive sports until she entered the Manteca Unified Student Trust middle-school track meet as a 7th grader at New Haven School. She won both the 200 and 400 and repeated as champion as an 8th grader.

“The whole time I was just thinking I wanted to get ready for high school,” she said.

She proved herself to be more than ready.

Her freshman season ended at the SJS Masters preliminaries at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium. She was a part of a talented field of youngsters. In fact, none of the 23 qualifiers in the 400 were seniors, and six were freshmen.

Jordan placed 14th and narrowly missed breaking the 1-minute barrier again at 1:00.09. But getting a taste of the 59 a week before has her hungrier for more in the future.

“It was different,” Jordan said. “Normally, the people I would race against were right there with me. And when I went to Masters they were (ahead) of me. They were pretty fast.

“But I enjoyed it because I never had that kind of competition before. I was beaten by those people, but there was a reason they beat me. I just need to work harder.

“Next year, I don’t want to go home after the Masters (trials). I think the Masters Finals or state would be nice. I want to start running a 55. I have that to work for.”