ELK GROVE — Jasmin Correa was 100 meters away from reaching her goal Friday in the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at Elk Grove High.
Sierra’s standout senior momentarily held the lead during the second turn in the 400-meter dash before fading to a fourth-place finish in 56.41 seconds — a new school record.
Only the top three placers and at-large qualifiers in each event advance to the CIF State Championships held June 1-2 at Buchanan High of Clovis. The at-large mark for the 400 was set at 55.50.
“Pretty sad I’m not going to the state meet because that what my goal,” the Sacramento State-bound Correa said. “Of course I’m happy that I got the PR (personal record), but it would have been nice to have been able to go to the state meet.”
Vista del Lago’s Ceonna Pipion (55.96) and Emily Costello (56.04) finished 1-2, while Lodi’s Paige Sefried (56.41) narrowly seized the final berth.
“My plan was to get out strong but not too fast so that I don’t die out at the end,” Correa said. “I was leading for a little bit, but the girls caught up toward the end.”
Three other individuals and Sierra’s girls 4x400 relay competed in the section track finals, while an additional four took part in field events. Correa had one last shot at qualifying for state in the mile relay with Jeida Lavender, Julia Recker and Raiann Prieto. They ran a season-best 4, minutes, 01.82 seconds for seventh place.
Sierra junior Miranda Miller is the lone athlete from the area to make the state meet, doing so Thursday with a third-place finish in the triple jump and a new school record mark of 37 feet, 4 inches. She also participated in the long jump Friday but did not make the final, winding up 10th overall with a best leap of 16-10 ½.
East Union junior Jadyn Snaer made it to the SJS Masters 100-meter final for a second straight year. The two-time SJS Division III champion in the event finished fifth in 12.32 seconds. Zharia Dixon of West won the race in 12.06.
“I felt pretty good going into it,” Snaer said. “I had a pretty positive mind set today. It could have ended better but I have next year.”
Sierra’s Jesse Hurtado, also a junior, made a bold move in the 800 final. Seeded 11th out of 12 going in, he shot out to an early lead and held it through the end of the opening lap. He was overtaken by the pack soon after and ended up 11th in 1:58.26.
“It would have been a lot worst if I had went with the pack to start,” the section’s Division III 800 champion said. “If I even wanted to stand a chance I was going to have to take that first lap pretty quick. Usually my strategy is to be more conservative in the first half and try to take in home in the last 100 but I figured I might try something different. Definitely not what I wanted, but it’s a good experience.”
Megan Oblin ran the 1,600 and placed 15th in 5:14.08. Lathrop’s Michael Ramos scratched in the 300-meter hurdles to attend his graduation. He turned in the seventh-seeded time in the preliminaries on Thursday, clocking a new personal record 40.16.
Chris Cook of Ripon was able to compete in the shot put while still make it back in time for graduation. He topped out at 45-01 — three-plus feet away from his personal best — and ended in 15th place overall.
The Sierra tandem of Perla Valdovinos (17th, 108-03) and Dulce Cruz (20th, 100-06) competed in the discus throw.