Athlete of the Week: McKenzie Blair

McKenzie Blair

In only the second track meet of the year, Bret Harte junior McKenzie Blair has already crossed the finish line without anyone in front of her. While competing in Merced at the 11th annual Dean Andreessen Classic, Blair had two first-place finishes.

Blair took first in the 100 meters (13.50) and the long jump (15-feet, 11-inches). She also placed third in the triple jump (32-feet, 0.3-inches) and the 200 meters (28.15). With rain making it difficult to get the necessary practice on the track, Blair doesn’t quite feel that she’s in track shape.

“I don’t think I’m in shape just yet, because of the weather and we haven’t been able to do proper workouts,” Blair said. “Hopefully as it starts to warm up, I’ll get back into good shape.”

Of her two first-place finishes, taking first in the 100 meters was the highlight of her day.

“I’m most pleased with my 100, because I want to focus mainly on that event this year,” she said.

While Blair feels comfortable with the 100 meters, the 200 meters is a little different story.

“I still need to work at the 200,” she said. “It’s a sprint, but it’s a longer sprint and that’s a little more difficult to master.”

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