Junior Niki Iyer places third in state championships


Jonathan Dai

Junior Niki Iyer runs in a track and field meet at Bellarmine College Preparatory. She placed third in the 3200-meter at the state championships in Fresno.

by Alex Wang, Sports Editor

Junior Niki Iyer placed third in the State Track and Field Championships in Fresno Saturday with a 10:24.39 time in the 3200-meter run.

“I’m definitely really excited and also shocked about my performance at state,” Niki said. “I was looking to get a personal record at the meet coming off of CCS, but I’ve always wanted to podium at state.”

She began the race pacing herself with the front pack of runners, staying fifth place after the initial six laps before making a move to advance into second place, ultimately yielding second place and finishing in third.

“I couldn’t really hold onto the second place finish, but the entire experience was so surreal,” she said. “This was the first race that I finished and was just utterly speechless because I never even expected to podium let alone finish third.”

Niki qualified for the state championships with a 10:29.53 run in the CCS championships at Gilroy High School last month, winning her first CCS championship and becoming Harker’s 5th CCS individual champion in track.

To win the championships, Niki finished first in the first 3200-meter heat, then won against the winner of the second heat in the championships.

Niki’s CCS and state championships follows her performance in the WBAL championships earlier in the season.

She won WBAL titles in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs, with a 5:08 time in the 1600-meter and a 10:38 time in the 3200-meter.

As a rising senior, she is now looking forward to her final high school season.