Seun Augustus celebrated her long-awaited 30th birthday the night before the big meet like a true Olympic long jumper in training.
"I had banana bread," she said with a laugh, flashing her mega-watt smile. "But it had chocolate!"
Augustus, who trains with Tri-Valley Athletics in a warehouse at the Port of Stockton, didn't post a mark worthy of much celebration Saturday. She was seventh in a field of eight, jumping 19 feet, 7½ inches.
"It wasn't the jump I wanted, but things take time," Augustus said.
Augustus, who holds dual Nigerian and American citizenship, plans to compete for a spot on the Nigerian Olympic team a week after the U.S. trials in Eugene, Ore.
"I see it as a tough U.S. field," Augustus said.
She faced major U.S. competition Saturday with Olympian Grace Upshaw winning with a 21-11¾ mark on her final jump. Jenny Adams skipped a scheduled 100-meter hurdles race to try for an Olympic "A" qualifying standard and placed second at 21-4¼.
Said Upshaw, "I struggled a little bit at first, but I finally put together a decent jump on the last jump."