Half Moon Bay High School junior Claire Yerby finished eighth in her heat and 18th overall at the California Interscholastic Federation Track and Field Championships held over the weekend in Clovis.

In the process, Yerby ran the fastest 1,600 meters in Half Moon Bay High School history, finishing in 5:01.63, beating Liza Hitchner’s 2004 time by half a second.

“Claire ran an excellent race, pacing herself with the pack,” coach Paul Farnsworth said in an email to the school community. “When the leaders separated, (the winner ran under 4:50), Claire stayed to her plan.  She moved up in the pack and kicked past competitors in the last lap. Afterward, she said she can’t wait to get going on the next goal and that is breaking the 5-minute barrier.”

Yerby had an exceptional season. In addition to making the state meet and setting the 1,600-meter school record, she was part of the record-setting relay team that won at Arcadia earlier this year. She set personal best times in the 1,600, 800, and 3,200 meters, setting one individual school record and joining Kendall Mansukhani, Jayda Bodas and Anna Bikle on setting two relay school records.  She also earned the state meet patch for cross-country this year.

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