SAN DIEGO - Angela Wilson wrapped up her outstanding track and field season Saturday at the California State Track and Field Championships at Mesa College in San Diego by finishing second in the 800 meter run.
Wilson, not only ran a personal best time of 2:11.28, nearly two second off her previous personal best set last week, but she also set the school record in the event. The previous school record was set by Daunyea Harris in 2007 when she ran a 2:11.39.
"I have the time now that schools are really looking at me now. I'm fifth in the nation and second in California and an All-American," Wilson said. "I guess I can't complain. For the first time this season someone was actually running with me. I'm beating myself up though, but I'm trying to stay positive. I guess it's true what people say, you won't get that moment back."
Wilson was defeated by Riverside College's Crystal Tejeda, who ran the race of her life, finishing with a personal best time of 2:10.59. Ironically, Wilson had no trouble defeating Tejeda, who will be running for the University of Central Florida next year, last week in the Southern California Championships held at AVC.
"She (Tejeda) got me in the last 60 meters. I knew she had the ability to do better. The last 200 my coach told me to go," Wilson said. "I gave it my everything. The last 60 meters my legs were dead."
Wilson, who relatively had no competition finally got pushed in her final meet of the season. She entered her final race undefeated on the season. Wilson was disappointed the fact that she lost her final race wearing a Marauder jersey.
"What kills me the most is that I lost the race that mattered the most," she said. "She (Tejeda) ran a very smart race. I have to give her props."
Wilson joins an elite group of AVC athletes who made it to the state meet. The Marauders have five state champions and 22 named to the All-State team.
"Last week (at AVC) wasn't my best performance of the season, I've been stuck all year. I couldn't go faster than 2:15. And when I raced her this week, I was excited to race her because I knew she would help me get a good time. She's a great runner, I wish her the best next year she's going to do great," Tejeda said. "Yesterday was my last meet competing at the junior college (level), and I really wanted to get first, so i pushed myself no matter how tired i was."
AVC finished in 21st place overall with eight points. Cerritos College won the team state title finishing with 92 points.