There was quite a bit of press, both online and in print, coming into the CIF Track and Field finals held at Mt. Carmel high school last Saturday predicting that Coronado would be in a close contest for the girls' D-II title with University City, and that Alysah Hickey would lead the way for the Islanders. It turned out that only half of that prognosis came to pass. The team title wasn't close.
Hickey won the Long Jump, the High Jump, anchored our winning 4x100 relay team, and placed second in the 100-meter dash. Her three individual events netted us 28 points. In the prelims for the Long Jump, she jumped 19 feet 3 inches. Because no one else came close to this mark, she almost sat out the three remaining jumps allowed in the finals. After everyone else finished their jumps, she took one more try and soared out to 19 feet 10.5 inches. Her Long Jump mark made her the top seed at the state meet this weekend and was a big improvement to her school record of 19-5.5 set earlier this year. Her mark in the high jump, for her, was just 'average,' at 5 feet 6 inches, but her PR of 5 feet 10.5 inches, set at the Mt. SAC Relays this year, makes her one of the top jumpers in the State.
Joining Hickey in the 4x100 were Ruthie Grant-Williams, who ran the first leg; Madison Shanks, who ran the second leg; and Abigail Whittemore, who ran the third leg. Their time of 48.22 was good for First Place in our Division, added 10 points to our score, and was a school record to boot.
Our second highest scorer was Grant-Williams, who placed third in the high jump with 5 feet, 4 inches; eighth in the long jump with 16 feet, 8 inches; and second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.34. Although her hurdle time was faster than the school record she set at the Bronco Invite this season of 15.39, it gets an asterisk as there was a 2.6 meter per second tailwind. Her three individual events totaled 15 points. Our third highest scorer was Teresa Perez who placed fourth in the 1600 in 5:03.97, fifth in the 800 with 2:19.40, and fifth in the 3200 with 11:06.84. Her three events added 13 points to our total. Sofia Van Arsdale added 3 points with a sixth-place finish in the 800 in 2:20.11. We had two other runners in the "A" heat of the 1600 besides Perez with Madden Hundley running 5:16.99 and Abby Hundley clocking 5:23.20. A big swing in points for us came in the Discus Throw. We thought that the University City girl would place third for 6 points. However, she fouled out and our girl, Victoria Perez, placed third for the 6 points. Add the points up and they total 75. University City was second with 61 points, followed by Cathedral Catholic (58), La Costa Canyon (54), and West Hills (49) out of the 36 D-II schools that scored at least one point.
For the boys, our only advancer was Ian Hurlburt who won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.59. He hasn't lost a race to a San Diego runner all season. Luke Klingenberg clocked 4:31.25 in the 1600 for place eighth place in our division.
Our State Meet entries are Hickey in both the High Jump and Long Jump, Grant-Williams in the High Jump, and Hurlburt in the 800-meter run. We scratched Hickey from the 100-meter dash because there is a schedule conflict with the two jumps and the 100. Competing in three events at the same time is difficult enough at an invite. At the State Meet level, it's very difficult. Since Alysah's best events are the jumps, we'll stick with jumps, at least for this year.