Vacaville hurdlers Perry, Woodward earn state medals

By From page B1 | June 08, 2014

CLOVIS — Most would be satisfied with earning two medals at the CIF State Track and Field Championships.

Not Vacaville senior Pattriana Perry.

Coming into the girl’s 100-meter hurdle final with the fastest time in the state (13.61), Perry only wound up with a third-place medal with a time of 13.64.

“I’m very disappointed,” Perry admitted. “The race was terrible. I hit like four hurdles. I almost fell. I hit the last hurdle.

“We kept hitting each other in the race. We kept hitting each other’s arms. It was pretty bad. But you know, every race can’t be perfect.”

Freshman teammate Jurnee Woodward was also in the final and pulled out a sixth-place to earn her first-ever state medal with a time of 13.94, a personal best.

That is what Perry was more excited about.

“I like that my little one (Woodward) here got a medal,” Perry said. “She’s in the 13s now. It is an accomplishment (for us both to be on the medals stand). Without Daria (Cook) here, I wanted to go there with one of my teammates and have somebody on the stand with me. I’m glad she was up there with me.”

Woodward was beside herself holding that precious medal.

“It feels amazing,” Woodward said. “I feel like I’m about to explode. I feel really accomplished.

“My one dream was to get to state and I did. But not only that, I medaled and got on the podium, so that’s really great.”

Woodward was also happy that she got to share the podium with a teammate.

“I’m glad that we both got up there,” she said. “It’s her last year and I really wanted her to get up there again.

And for Woodward’s bright future?

“Hopefully I can get in the top 3 next year now that I know what I’m doing,” Woodward said.

Perry came back to place fifth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 42.18.

“I don’t like to make excuses but I kind of messed up the 100s and hurt my ankle,” Perry said. “I just wanted to run it because it was my last race of my senior year.

Daniel Mewborn, David Mewborn, Elgin Lovell and Mykal Walker of the Bulldogs’ boys 4×400 relay team finished 9th with a 3:19.30, while Nia Vance finished 11th in the triple jump with a 11.21.

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Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

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