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July 30, 2021

Track and Field | Soledad hurdler places 7th at CCS championships

SOLEDAD — Soledad High’s Jocelyn Valdez finished seventh at last Saturday’s Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships at Soquel High School.

The junior hurdler ran her last 300 hurdlers race of the year in a time of 47.80.

“I felt that I overcame adversity this season,” Valdez said. “I need to work on endurance, mental toughness and hurdle timing.”

Valdez, the daughter of Raul and Abby Valdez of Soledad, competes in just track and field at Soledad High and will be a senior next year.

Aztecs Head Coach Jeremy Hoeflinger is looking forward to seeing what Valdez can accomplish next season on the track.

“I am proud of her performance,” Hoeflinger said. “She made Soledad and South County proud. I am looking forward to next year and working towards CCS again and potentially the State Meet.”

Because of Covid-19, the CCS championships on June 19 were the final meet for track and field athletes in California, as there will be no State Meet for the second straight year. On a normal year, the three top finishers from CCS would continue on to the State Championships.

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