Terra Nova junior Jeremy Wright gives no indication of having reached a ceiling, of being anywhere near his personal limits as a 400-meter runner.
And if he does continue to improve next year as a senior, as expected, he will go down as one of the best quarter-milers in Central Coast Section history.
Actually, he's already there.
Wright was clocked in 47.01 seconds in winning the 400 at the CCS finals. That time is seventh in CCS history. The sub-47.0 club is an exclusive one with some pretty good names on that list: Calvin (45.25) and Alvin Harrison (46.25) of North Salinas, Cubberly's Bill Green (45.51), Mt. Pleasant's Richard Dupree (46.72), Overfelt's Lee Evans (46.77) and Los Altos' Rick Brown (46.96).
Wright placed third at the state meet with a time of 47.10 and for his accomplishments has been named the Mercury News boys track and field athlete of the year.
"I want to improve my state ranking, finish better than third," Wright said. "This year I improved by leaps and bounds. I'm hoping to keep that up. I'm looking to drop a full second, run low 46, if not 45."
Wright started running the 400 late in his freshman year. He ran 51 as a freshman, improved to 48.98 as a sophomore and then dropped close to another two full seconds as a junior.
"With my longer legs, I'm able to maintain a faster pace for the whole lap," the 6-foot-4 Wright said. "It's the perfect event for me."
He said he's planning on doing some workouts with the cross country team in the fall to build up endurance and thinks the 800 might be his second-best event in track and field. He has a best of 2:03 in one of the infrequent times he has run the 800, but could surely run sub-2:00 with more of a focus on the event.
Perceived as coming out of nowhere, he's also planning on a more competitive racing schedule next year, one that would include the invitationals at Arcadia and Stanford as well as the CCS Top 8 meet. He didn't take part in the Top 8 meet this year because of a commitment to the Bearcat Invitational at San Mateo High, which took place the next day.
Wright ran 48.52 at the Bearcat to take over the CCS lead in the event, a big improvement over his previous fastest listed season mark of 50.26 in a Peninsula Athletic League dual meet. But even that relative breakthrough gave no indication of what was to come: 47.01 on a windy night at San Jose City College in the CCS finals and 47.10 for third in the state in the heat of Clovis.
"I think he can bring that time down next year," Terra Nova coach Michelle Bokamper said.
Boys track and field
Sprinter of year: Kyle Orloff, Serra, senior
Hurdler of year: Aidan Kirwan, Branham, junior
Distance runner of year: Gerardo Castro, El Camino, senior
Horizontal jumper of year: Kurt Felicitas, Mt. Pleasant, junior
Vertical jumper of year: Daniel Onuoha, Santa Teresa, senior
Thrower of year: Luis Maciel, Willow Glen, senior