ALL-AREA TRACK & FIELD: Setting the bar

One of the area’s most surprising stories last year, Miranda Miller goes out as one of the most accomplished athletes in school history. 

She’s the Manteca Bulletin All-Area Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

The former gymnast with no prior track experience before her junior year is a two-time CIF State Track & Field Championships qualifier who will continue developing in the sport at CSU Bakersfield. It should be no surprise that she was also crowned the “Fittest on Campus” among female entrants at Sierra, which holds a CrossFit competition annually.

“I’m just excited to see where this takes me,” she said. “Honestly, I didn’t know what I’d get out of it but in the end, it turned out pretty alright, I think.”

The lone state qualifier out of the Manteca area in 2018, Miller earned a return trip to state by placing second in the SJS Masters Championships triple jump. She also advanced in the pole vault with a gold-medal finish, an event that took more time for her to grasp. It was during the Masters meet where she broke her own school record in the pole vault for a second straight week at 11 feet, 9 inches.

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