The Bee caught up with Tulare Western High sprinter Joe Herrera ahead of this weekend's CIF State Track and Field Championships.
The Mustangs' UCLA-bound senior is ranked ninth in the state in the 400 with a top time of 47.47 seconds, 12th-best in Central Section history. He's 15th in the state in the 200 at 21.54.
Question: You placed eighth at state in the 400 last year. How valuable is that experience?
Answer: That was a great experience. I've learned from my mistakes and hopefully I can do better this year.
You really weren't pushed at the section meet while winning the 400, what will it be like going against the state's best?
It's going to be a lot different. There are a lot of people ranked in front of me. It's going to be hard to be pushed by them, but I think it will make me run my best.
Why did you choose UCLA?
That's the school that stayed in contact with me the most. I got to visit them and they took me to a football game. I liked it over there. I liked how it looked and the track program is good. Plus, it's in L.A.
When did you realize you had a future in track at the college level?
My sophomore year. I got second (at Masters). I ran a 48.8. That's when I realized I could go somewhere with this.
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