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Purvis wows in Clovis

Wow is about the only word worth describing the way St. Elizabeth High senior Ashton Purvis completed her high school career. The Miami-bound star won the 100 meters in a national-leading wind-legal time of 11.17. That’s the seventh-best time EVER in the United States by a high school athlete and the second-best ever in California. Only Marion Jones (Heard of her? Yeah, I thought so.) has ever run faster with her time of 11.14 at the 1992 CIF state meet. Purvis then raced to another personal-best of 22.90 in the 200 meters, again the best time in the nation this year. Simply unbelievable and a real thrill to watch. I don’t think this is the last time you’ll hear the name Ashton Purvis.

Jimmy Durkin

I cover mostly San Jose State football for the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group, but also fill in from time to time with the 49ers, Warriors, A's and Giants.

  • bhsfan

    this was a great state meet it was well worth the drive there,

    congrats ash, you really did ur thing

    i told people that she was going to run 22.90 in the finals.

    hey jimmy have u ever seen a better state track meet

  • mikeyb

    I was there to witness it! I thought the girl from Clovis (Prandini, I believe her name is) was fast as she came in with a time of 11:34…not to be outdone, Purvis blazed to a time of 11:22…Unfortunately, I was not there to see the 11:17! I can only imagine! the one day I was in Clovis, I was impressed with the athletes and speed that our great State of CA produces…

  • Jimmy Durkin

    Bhsfan,
    It was actually only my second state meet (first since 2005), but it was a pretty incredible one. I’m still feeling juiced for getting to be there to see Ashton run. Since I was so focused on the East Bay folks, I didn’t get to enjoy a few of the other incredible races as much, but you could feel the energy in the stadium.

    And Mikeyb, yeah the Clovis girl is Jenna Prandini. She was pretty incredible as well. She’s only a junior, so don’t be surprised if she pulls off a triple gold medal performance next year.

  • mikeyb

    Jimmy,
    I think you may be right..a triple could be a reality for the girl from Clovis…I am with you, it was my first time at State (my boy qualified in the 300 and 110 hurdles but did not move on to Saturday) It was pretty damm exciting…thanks for the coverage. Now looking forward to Football!
    Mikeyb