The story on www.sgvjournal.com about Rosemead High School senior hurdler Tammy Vien winning California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section 100 meters hurdles Division 3 Championship on May 21, 2016 got a huge number of visits within the first few hours. So, why not find out more about a person who people visiting this web site are interested in? We said in the first sports column we want to hear from you what you would like covered.
Vien appeared during the interview as the happy high school girl enjoying her high school years and when interviewed it was easy to understand why she is respected by her teammates and coaches, and getting lots of attention from colleges recruiting her.
Vien said she enjoys the schoolwork and competing while being with her friends and teammates. There isn't any hint of how good she is from her. Her humbleness and respect is because of her family she says and their great support of her efforts in the classroom and on the track.
She was the only local athlete to compete in the CIF Masters Track meet where all the CIF divisions come together for one huge meet to qualify for the state championships. Vien finished seventh and top six went to state. Interestingly she has the 12th fastest time in the state and wasn't one of the 27 qualifying for state meet because state CIF gives a pre-determined number of entries to each geographic section, regardless of time or distance. Yet her balanced outlook on life continued, saying "I love the competition. I'm disappointed I didn't go to state outdoor meet. I'm looking forward to competing in college."
The Mission Valley League Finals Girl Runner of the Meet was a joy to watch people said as Vien won the 100 meters hurdles, the 300 meters hurdles and brought back memories of Rosemead alumni speedster Manny Vera (he used to hit an after burner and it seemed his feet didn't touch the track) as Vien left no doubt as she anchored both 4x100 and 4x400 relays teams to easy victories with an unusual burst of speed for a rare four first place finishes at league finals. She said Rosemead won the girls league team title her sophomore and junior years and just missed this year and said "everyone has helped out. No one feels left out, and I encourage students to try track and field."
Then she talked about the team more. "I like competing with my teammates and pushing each other to do better," emphasized Vien. "And how to learn to push past my limits. I have made new friends. I like how competitive it is. I like going to big meets where it pushed me more to do better." Vien said she liked meets at Fresno, Mt. Carmel, and Arcadia Invitational, known as the premier high school track and field meet in the USA, but she didn't get to enjoy the Arcadia meet because it was raining. She did mention she had her fastest time of the early part of the season though there in the 300 hurdles in the rain.
Vien said running on one of the best all-weather tracks in Southern California at Rosemead High School make it fun. Some of the high school highlights of the senior who just graduated a few days ago she said are a 3.58 grade point average, her personal best and school record of 14.35 seconds in 100 meters hurdles at the CIF Masters meet in her last high school race, personal best and school record 44.80 seconds in 300 hurdles at Arcadia Invitational despite the rain, winning four events at league finals, especially because she helped two Rosemead relay teams win, what she called a shocking result as she upset faster hurdlers to win the state indoor hurdles meet in February, the two girls league team championships and hopes she has left a legacy as a good role model for the team members. Rosemead High School track and field Head Coach Fidel Dominguez said he agrees with that. "She does work hard. That attributes to her not being injured. She has pretty much been injury free. She even practices if its raining." "That shows how far I have come" said Vien.
And Vien will continue in college competing and enjoying school and track.
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Next column in a day or two will be about Montebello High School's boys varsity baseball team's great season that brought out fans from the school and community in numbers they haven't seen in years there. Coach Manny Arana said while Montebello was easily defeated in the CIF Playoffs semi-finals because he thinks there was so much going on the team didn't focus as well as it should have with so many fans at that game, they have mostly freshmen and sophomores on the team so the future looks bright. He also said the opponent was very good and deserved to win. Watch for the next column.
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Until next time, keep enjoying sports, keep fit and support your local teams from youth to professionals!