Nordhoff High School senior Brandon Shirck continued what he defined as an "amazing pace" at Friday night's CIF-Southern Section Masters Track and Field competition at Norwalk Cerritos College.
The Tri Valley League 1600-meter champion finished with a time of 4:12.24, good for fifth place overall out of the entire 564-school Southern Section, but more importantly, good enough to advance to Friday's prelims in Sacramento.
"I was so nervous out there I could hear my heart beat," Shirck said. "This is the best feeling ever. I could hear people around me dying and I just started to push harder."
Shirck either needed to hit the state qualifying mark of 4:16.62 or finish in the top five. The senior also set a personal record.