Expectations high for Gators at state track meet

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 06:08 PM.

"I want to go out sweet and be the first 4-by-8 team on the podium. I want to go out with a bang. I don't want to go out except being on the podium."

Miller, a senior, will make the trip she's dreamed about for the first time.

"I'm very excited," she said. "To be able to make it my senior year is such an amazing feeling. This is what I've been trying to get since sixth grade, so it's a great feeling.

"I expect to at least (achieve) PR (personal record). I want to at least get a 34- or 35-foot jump. If I reach that goal, maybe I can get on the podium, too."

Espinosa, the youngest athlete representing Baker, will be the youngest runner in either of her events at the state meet.

It's surprising to make the state meet, she said, but she's just as focused as her older teammates.

"It was kind of scary running against the older girls at first, but fun," she said. "I didn't think I'd make state, but I think I can place if I push myself."

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