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Magnificent MarCia

Three years after walking in the doors of Bremerton High School, MarCia Abrams is going to be walking out with three letters in track and three letters in basketball when she graduates next month.

The 18-year-old Abrams has shined as a guard on the court and on the track where she runs the 200, 400 and 4x200 relay. In the 400, her best event, she’s hoping to be challenging today at Star Track at Tacoma’s Lincoln Bowl to set a new personal record and bring home a state title.

The road to state started for Abrams when she was 10 years old and joined the Emmanuel Apostolic Church’s track team. Back then she competed in everything from the 100 to relays.

“It was really fun in the beginning,” said Abrams who ran the 400 in 58 seconds as a seventh-grade student.

But in her junior year, running had lost its luster.

“Last year, I wasn’t feeling it because I had run for so long,” she said.

Bremerton coach Lloyd Pugh described the 2001 season for Abrams as a “Blank year although at the end of the season she and three other girls put together a great 4x400 team” that nearly went to state.

That race helped Abrams rekindle her love for track and put on an impressive performance this year in the 100, 200, 400 and 4x200 relay.

“I did the 100 and 200 for a little bit this year and it really helped,” Abrams said. “My performance in the 400 seemed better.”

Her fastest mark in the 400 this year was clocked at 59.1 seconds and she said her goal is to come in at 58 seconds at state. At last weekend’s district meet in Puyallup, Abrams took fourth in the 400 finals in 59.65.

“I’m going to have a personal record and make it into the finals. I believe I can do it,” she said.

Pugh said Abrams, a team captain, is peaking at just the right time.

“She ran a blazing 200 today -- faster than she’s ever done,” Pugh said Wednesday. “Put two of those together and she’ll win by 30 yards.”

Following graduation, Abrams said she wants to go to college and has pondered entering Bennett College, a historically African-American womens school, in Greensboro, N.C.

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