Serra won the CIF-State Girls Team Championship, the school's first since 2012. Pictured (from left): Jazmyne Frost, Queen Okoh, Kalea Brown, Maya Rush, Jaylah Herron, Destinee Reid. (Jeffrey Parenti photo)
"We finally ran a perfect race in the 4x1," Calvin said amid the post-meet celebration. "(The) 4x1 set the tone for the rest of the meet."
But after El Dorado Hills Oak Ridge senior twins Elena and Maddy Denner went 1-2 in the 3200 after going 4-1 in the 1600, Serra was at a deficit with only the 4x400 relay left to decide the team title.
Serra need at least a 3rd place finish from the 4x4 team of Okoh, Maya Rush, Frost and Herron.
"There's no pressure, I tell them, when you're prepared," Calvin said. "They were very prepared for this moment. In practice, we get after it every Wednesday, training for that moment. And just to see them execute is beautiful."
With Herron running a 53.1 anchor split, she brought Serra home in 3:44.37 for 2nd behind Bonita, securing the school's second State team title and first since 2012.
"We were talking about this moment since August," Calvin said post-meet, "focusing on what it takes to get here not necessarily getting here. The girls have been putting in work."
Frost, a first team MileSplitCA All-State selection, had a hand in 32 of the team's winning total of 36 points. She was asked in a written exchange to about Coach Calvin's impact on the team's success.
Post-CIF Championship interview with Chris Calvin.