Clovis West junior Alyssa Monteverde was The Bee's girls Athlete of the Year as a freshman and has won seven Central Section gold medals in three years, but she'll be attempting to advance from the state preliminaries and make it to Saturday's finals for the first time.
She's top-seeded in the 300 low hurdles (42.43), with the state's third-best time among qualifiers. She's also ranked eighth in the state in the 100 high hurdles (14.11) and ninth in the high jump (5-7).
Question: After some health and training problems as a sophomore, you seem to be on the top of your game this year. True?
Answer: Yes, and it's perfect timing, actually. Everything is peaking at the right time in the hurdles and I've been pretty consistent in the high jump. All around, it's pretty good right now.
What are your goals for the state meet?
I would like to get in the top three for sure in the 300 hurdles, and try to medal [among the top six] and get on the podium for the high jump and 100 hurdles.
How does it feel to be a top seed in the most prestigious state meet in the land?
I do feel like I've achieved something. It's exciting, and I actually never thought I would be. I'm happy.