DUBLIN -- Dublin High's Mecca McGlaston wanted to focus on her finish in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles this season.
The results were evident.
McGlaston surged in the final five meters to win the 100 hurdles final at the state track and field championships. Her wind-aided time of 13.54 seconds was the fastest in the state under any conditions this high school season and also ranked 11th in the nation under all conditions according to DyeStat.com.
The sophomore improved her time in five straight postseason 100 hurdles races, and set personal records in each of her last three races of the season. She dropped .71 of a second off her personal best from the start of the season, when her PR was 14.25. McGlaston only lost one 100 hurdles race this year, on April 12 in the Arcadia Invitational seeded race.
For her outstanding season, McGlaston has been named Bay Area News Group's East Bay Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
"I was very motivated," said McGlaston about her season. "This season was very progressive. I kept getting better."
McGlaston reached the state finals in the 100 hurdles as a freshman and finished eighth in 14.44. But in a sign of things to come this season, she won the event at the Stanford Invitational on April 5 in a then-personal-best 14.03.
"Last year, I was just starting. I didn't know too much about the sport," McGlaston said. "This year, I was able to focus on my technical part as well as more speed."
McGlaston said a key 100 hurdles race for her this season was at the Sacramento Meet of Champions. She beat Vacaville's Pattriana Perry, who placed third in the event in the 2013 state finals, with a then-personal- record 13.99.
She used that momentum to become the first female in Dublin High history to win a state championship.
"I think our training model was really trying to get her to break through at the end (of the season)," Dublin coach Chris Williams said. "She's an extremely good competitor."