When it comes to running for a long time, or for a quick sprint, junior McKenzie Blair could handle anything. The Bret Harte junior ran cross country in the fall and was a standout on the track and field team in the spring.
During the cross country season, Blair set personal records in the 2.93- and 3-mile race, as well as the 5,000-meter race. Blair’s personal record in the 3-mile race came at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Subsection Meet with a time of 22:44. Blair also reached the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV championship.
But it was the track season where Blair truly took over. She ran in the 100- and 200-meter dash, along with the 4x100-meter relay, while also competing in the long and triple jump.
In the 100-meter dash, Blair had 10 first-place finishes, won the Mother Lode League championship, placed second at the section finals and advanced to the Masters Meet. In the 200-meter dash, she placed first seven times with a personal record coming in the section finals (25.67). She won the MLL title and advanced to masters. In the 4x400-meter relay, she was a part of four first-place finishes and advanced to masters. In the long jump, Blair took first three times. And in the triple jump, she set a personal record of 34 feet, 9.5 inches at the league championship and placed third at the section finals.
“It’s true, McKenzie is special,” said Bret Harte head track and field coach Jon Byrnes. “She would be successful at numerous events in different disciplines if it were possible, but she absolutely loves to run fast and it would be a crime to restrict that. ‘The Program’ could use her distance running abilities, but I don’t think the smile on her face at the end of the race would be quite the same. So, she’s a sprinter and jumper.”