CLOVIS — Five El Dorado County track and field athletes who qualified for the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Buchanan High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis came away from Friday’s trials disappointed.
Competing against the top athletes in the state, Oak Ridge high jumpers Matt Redden, Will Findlay and Jessica Emde, along with teammate Samantha Ralstin, who was running in the 800-meter race, failed to advance. Ponderosa triple-jumper Danylle Kurywchak also came up short.
Ralstin, who clocked 2 minutes, 11 seconds earlier this year to place her in the top eight in the state, struggled to 24th place in the preliminaries with a time of 2:18.39. Emde, who cleared 5 feet-3 inches to qualify for the state meet, finished tied for 13th with a jump of 5-2.
Findlay, who holds the school record of 6-7, tied for 14th place after only clearing 6-3. Redden also cleared 6-3, but took 21st because of early misses.
Kurywchak, who broke the Bruin school record last week at the Masters Meet, couldn’t come close to her 37-8 personal best, finishing 25th with a jump of 34-5.
Both Kurywchak and Emde will be seniors this fall. Findlay will compete for Stanford and Ralstin will run for UC Berkeley.