BURROUGHS HIGH -- Carolyn Brown doesn't like the idea of putting
pressure and demands on herself.
No stranger to the CIF Masters track and field meet, having raced in
the 800-meter event the past two years, the Burroughs High junior is
taking a relaxed approach as she attempts to return to the California
Brown, who won the CIF Southern Section Division II title as a
freshman, finished third last season, and was second in last weekend's
final, when she finished in 2 minutes 15.71 seconds.
Yet she isn't disappointed and treats every race just the same.
The top nine times from the four CIF Southern Section divisions
qualify for the Master's Meet, which were held Friday night.
"I ran a good race and if somebody is better than me, you can't do
anything about that," Brown said of the CIF Finals, when Mater Dei's
Kristin Kovacich won in 2:14.68.
Brown set her personal best of 2:14.63 last season, in which she was
one of the top five in each event at the Master's Meet who automatically
qualify for the state preliminaries.
"I think it's definitely going to take a PR (personal record) to make
it," Brown said. "I'm just trying to stay consistent, but in the final
100 or 200 meters it's whatever you have left."
Having finished fifth in last year's Masters Meet, Brown said she
knows what she has to do to get through to the state prelims.
"You always aim to qualify and that would be fifth or above," Brown
Brown, who finished seventh in the Master's Meet as a freshman, and
did not qualify for the state finals last year, said she isn't looking
ahead, nor behind.
"I want to qualify for state first and then I'll worry about state
prelims," Brown said.
With many of the competitors in the 800, having run under 60 seconds
in the 400 meters, Brown, who has a best of 62 seconds, will have to rely
on her endurance to get her to the state meet.
"I try to go even (paced)," Brown said of the two-lap race.