Fourteen Islander track athletes attended the San Diego Section's first meet of the season, the Mt. Carmel Field, and Distance Carnival. As the name implies, there were no running events under 800 meters and lots of heats for the events at 800 meters and longer. There were also 4x800 and Distance Medley Relays for both boys and girls. The program included all of the CIF field events. By far the best event of the day was Alysah Hickey's mark of 19 feet 5.25 inches in the long jump. Previously she had concentrated on the high jump and 100-meter dash with the 200 a tertiary event. However, over the indoor season, she added the long jump to her repertoire and at the San Diego State Red/Black indoor meet she jumped a half-inch over 18 feet. There are not many 18 foot long jumpers in San Diego. We figured she'd be able to hit the 18-foot mark again, but the meet record of 19-2 seemed out of reach. In retrospect, she was last year's CIF champion in both the 100-meter dash and high jump, so she had the needed speed and "hop" for a big jump. She took three jumps, all over 18 feet, with two over 19 feet. Normally school records are broken by inches, but this was 1 foot 9 inches over the 17 foot 8-inch mark set by Maddy Hopson in 2013. It's currently the top jump in California and ranks fourth in the Nation. She also won the high jump at 5 feet 4 inches with Ruthie Grant-Williams placing second with a leap of 5 foot 2 inches. In the 800-meter fast heat, we had three girls in the top 10 with Teresa Perez placing second with a time of 2:20.14, Sofia Van Arsdale fourth in 2:25.91, Madden Hundley seventh in 2:28.07, and Natalya Gomez finishing in 2:33.7. Annie Holland placed second in the freshman 800 with a time of 2:31.25, and Abigail Hundley placed third in the freshman 1600 in 5:42.55. In the boy's 800 Ian Hurlburt, coming off a hip injury from soccer, had little trouble with the field in the fast heat and came from third at the top of the final curve to win going away in 2:00.39. In another heat, Chris Russel clocked 2:14.39. Luke Klingenberb, coming off the Flu, ran 4:40 in the 1600-meter run with Cole Mullins clocking 5:04. In the 3200-meter run, Brad Busby ran 10:17.72 and Danny Mineo 10:40.
Our final event was the Girls' Distance Medley Relay. On paper, it looked like a toss-up between Cathedral Catholic and us. That's the way it turned out. There are lots of configurations for the "DMR," but the most popular is a 1200-meter leg followed by 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1600- meter legs. Madden Hundley ran the lead-off 1200 but stepped on the curb and twisted her ankle a bit. Still, she handed off to her sister, Abigail, only 4 seconds back from the Cathedral girl. Abigail made-up the distance by the 300-meter mark but gave back a couple of seconds in the stretch. Van Arsdale made-up the 2-second deficit and extended our lead to 6 seconds when Perez took the baton for the 1600-meter anchor leg. She ran a controlled race and kicked in at the finish to win by over eight seconds with a time of 12:50.71. Her kick at the end gave the quartet the school record that eclipsed the time of 12:51.84 run by Perez, Madden Hundley, Grant-Williams, and Renee Phillips last year at this meet. Abigail Hundley and Van Arsdale are both freshmen, so the future looks bright for this team.