LIVINGSTON — Arayana Mires learned early on she was pretty fast. When she played tag as a little kid she was rarely "it."
"You know how you race when you're in elementary school? I was just fast. I was faster than the boys," the Livingston High senior said. "When I was in middle school I just gravitated toward track."
Now track will help pay for her education.
Mires recently signed her national letter of intent to accept a partial track scholarship to Chico State.
"I am excited," she said. "It's a new beginning and a new challenge. It's going to be a different level in college. I feel I have so much room to grow."
Mires does a little of everything for Livingston, competing in the long jump, triple jump, 200-meter dash and the 4 x 400-meter relay.
"Chico State is getting somebody capable of doing anything that they ask of her," said Livingston coach Daniel Wright. "She's the type of athlete it's almost hard to find something she can't do."
Mires plans on competing in the triple jump, long jump at heptathlon, which consists of the long jump, 200, 800, 100 hurdles, javelin, shot put and high jump, at Chico.
"I'm definitely looking forward to it," she said. "This is something I really want to do."
The Central California Conference will hold its swimming championships on Saturday at Pitman.
The varsity action is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
The Merced boys and girls will be trying to finish off another successful season after both teams went through the dual meets undefeated.
The Bears' girls have won three straight conference titles and and the boys have won four in a row.
There will be plenty of elite swimmers in action, including Merced's Brett Fogelberg and Josh Fluetsch, Golden Valley's Connor Hoppe and Atwater's Hans Van Warmerdam.
On the girls' side, Merced's Alison Miller, Buhach Colony's Noelle Farrar and Atwater's Miranda Knoblach have good shots of bringing home individual titles.
The Golden Valley No Limit Lifting club came home with 14 gold medals and the team championship at the Central California Powerlifting meet earlier this month.
The local lifters combined to set 21 state records and 12 American records.
Ashley Goin was named the Outstanding Female Lifter.
Nisa Salazar, George Leyva, Chris Leyva, Robert Aguilar, Kevin Xiong and Vong Moua all won at least one gold medal.