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Raised in foster care, Lodi High's Ray Nikzat has found a home as a high jump champion

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:00 pm

Sometime today, Ray Nikzat will duck into the tunnel of Hughes Stadium, breaking away from the commotion of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Meet. He'll grab the iPod from his backpack and find a quiet spot on a stairwell step. With earbuds inserted, he'll shuffle through his song list to Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved."

He'll close his eyes as the music begins, ever so slightly nodding his head to the melody. Mildly embarrassed to admit it, Nikzat listens to the pop hit before every competition to collect his focus.

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