Ex-CHS star falls short in Olympic trials

CNJ STAFF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Former Clovis High track star Ryan Tolbert-Jackson failed to qualify for the 400-meter hurdle finals Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Tolbert-Jackson, the 1997 NCAA outdoor champion in the 400 hurdles at Vanderbilt, finished sixth in her heat and 11th over among the 16 semifinalist with a time of 57.03 seconds.

Lashinda Daniels of South Carolina has the fastest time (53.78). The top eight runners advanced to the finals.

Tolbert-Jackson, who also competed in the 2000 Olympic trials, was a four-time Class 4A New Mexico state champion in the 100 and 300 hurdles while helping Clovis win three state titles.

She set the NCAA record in the 400 hurdles as a junior with a time of 54.54.