Culver City High School junior standout Olympia Jewett was three positions and a foot shy of making the California State Track and Field Championships after she placed eighth in last Friday's CIF-Southern Section Masters Championships at Cerritos College.
Jewett, who leaped 38 feet, five inches in placing second in the CIF-Division II Finals on May 23 at Cerritos College, did not do quite as well as she finished at 37-9 1/2. Had she done her same mark from six days earlier, she would have finished fifth, which would have been just enough for a trip to Buchanan High in Clovis, located just southwest of Fresno.
The top five, plus those with a minimum qualifying mark of 38-9 advance to Friday and Saturday's state meet.
Only two athletes actually had the minimum qualifying marks. These were winner Tara Richmond of Long Beach Poly at 39-0 1/4 and second place Melia Cox, also of the Jackrabbits, with the triple leap of 38-9 1/2.
Finishing from third through seventh, in order, included Ashley Perkins (Norco, 38-8 1/4), Karynn Dunn (Pomona Diamond Ranch, 38-7 1/2), Olivia Hudson (Long Beach Wilson, 38-4 3/4), Kendall Reynolds (Lompoc Cabrillo, 38-0 1/2) and Melissa Keltner (Chino Hills, 37-11).
Jewett was the Centaurs' only participant at the Masters Meet.
Her senior teammate, Brianna Dekine, qualified as an alternate in the 800 but she was not needed as all 12 regular qualifiers were present. The winner was Carlyle Davis from Los Angeles-Hancock Park Marlborough clocking 2:10.09.
Dekine was second in the Division II finals at 2:16.83 on May 23.
The state prelims is Friday, starting at 2 p.m., and the finals are on Saturday with the field events beginning at 2 p.m. and the running events starting at 4 p.m.