Two future Santa Cruz Olympians on the track?
Nikki Hiltz dominated the California state track meet last week; today she may do the same against an international field in the Dream Mile at the adidas Grand Prix in New York City.
The Aptos High junior last week won just the fifth state track title in Santa Cruz County history when she cruised through the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 41.93 seconds — the third fastest time in the nation this season. That gives her the fastest personal-best of any of the 14 girls on the start list for today’s 11:30 a.m. race. The second-fastest is the 4:42.71 held by Harvard-Westlake senior Cami Chapus, who placed fifth at state.
Hiltz won’t be the only county runner competing at the Grand Prix. Olympic hopeful Maggie Vessey of Soquel is scheduled to run the 800 at 12:23 p.m. Vessey holds the fourth-fastest time this season [2:00.19] and second-best PR time [1:57.84] in the eight-woman field behind Ethiopia’s Fantu Magiso [1:57.56].