A Fontana athlete came close to fulfilling an Olympic dream before falling short on July 3.

Rachel McCoy, a graduate of Fontana A.B. Miller High School, advanced to the final round of the women's high jump competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

She finished in a tie for eighth place in the nation, which was the best achievement ever for a Fontana competitor in an individual track event.

However, she needed to place in the top three in order to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.

McCoy soared 6 feet, 1/2 inch before missing out on clearing the bar at 6 feet, 2 inches.

While at Miller, McCoy was one of the best prep athletes in Fontana's history. She was the CIF state champion in the high jump in both 2011 and 2013 (and also was a standout in basketball). She then went on to become one of the country's top junior college jumpers at Chaffey College.

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