The St. Paul senior kicked things off for the Buckaroos on Friday with a trip to the podium.
Hernandez finished just one inch shy of her personal record with a jump of 15-10 to finish in fifth place in the 2A long jump finals.
After fouling on her opening jump of the day, Hernandez hit 15-01.25 on the measuring tape on her second attempt to send her to the finals. There she upped her mark to 15-04.75 on her fouth attempt and pushed her final mark to 15-10 on her fifth attempt.
It was the second trip to the state long jump competition, improving upon her 12th-place finish at last year's event and scoring four points for the Trojans.
Rachel Vela400-meter dash
Vela finished third in her heat with a time of 1:03.11 to advance to the finals of the 2A 400 on Friday.
The St. Paul sophomore shaved off more than a second from her previous PR she set the week before at the district championships.
Vela is seeded sixth heading into Friday's finals.