The Bee caught up with Clovis North High track and field standout Rhesa Foster, also a qualifier as a freshman last season, ahead of this year's CIF State Track and Field Championships.
The sophomore long jumper is a two-time Central Section champ, with a best of 19-10½ last year ranking No. 4 in section history. Eighth in California this year at 19-6¾, she debuted on the state stage with a bronze at 19-8½ in 2013. Harvard/Westlake-Studio City's Courtney Corrin, also a freshman, won at 20-9¼ and is No. 1 again at 20-8¼.
Question: How has last year's experience in the state track meet helped prepare you for this one?
Answer: Last year was a huge deal to me as it was my first time out there with that level of competition and now I know who the top competitors are to look out for. There's a ton of great competition out there for me and I know exactly what to expect.
Walk me through your mindset going into the meet. How are your nerves and emotions?
I'm not really nervous at all, I'm just really excited to be out there for my second year in a row. I know what I have to offer and I'm going out there to do my best and nothing less. I've struggled a bit this year, but I'm feeling the best that I have all year. I'm just stepping onto the track ready to compete to the best of my abilities with a confident mindset.
Does placing third last year provide any extra motivation? What would another medal finish mean to you?
It definitely gives me more motivation to come back and do better this year, both in medal finish and my marks. One of my goals is to improve in both of those each year, but most importantly my marks because that's how I truly know that I'm improving. My main focus is the long jump and another medal finish would be great.
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