Double Victory Celebration ...

Islander senior track and field standout Alysah Hickey celebrates her double victory at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend. Joining in the celebration are long jump Coach Jadel Gregorio, left, and high jump Coach Kerry Elders.

It was a busy week for the Islander Track and Field Team in general, and senior Alysah Hickey in particular. Head Coach George Green supplies a report, providing all the details. “There were three meets last week starting with a double dual meet with Clairemont and Kearny on Thursday, followed by the Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) relays held at El Camino College, and the Viking Relays at La Jolla High School Saturday.

“It seems that every week the headline is about Alysah Hickey’s exploits, and that’s the case again this week. Alysah is the state leader in both the long jump and the high jump, and she won both events at Mt. SAC. The Mt. SAC event has been held at El Camino College for the last two years, because the school’s facility is under reconstruction. Mt. SAC is one of the top meets in the country with events for top High School athletes, College athletes, and Professional athletes.

“The long jump competition came down to the last two attempts in the Finals, with Alysah jumping behind the state’s second-ranked long jumper, Caelyn Harris, who uncorked a leap of 19 feet, 8.5 inches on her fifth jump to take the lead. Alysah followed a few minutes later with 20 feet, 1 inch mark to take it back for the win. Alysah and Caelyn are the only two girls in the state with long jump marks exceeding 20 feet. Alysah’s top mark is 20 feet, 9 inches, while Caelyn has jumped 20 feet, 2.5 inches. Caelyn has won every long jump competition she’s entered this season except for two, the Arcadia Invite and Mt. SAC. At both meets, Alysah was the winner.

“Hickey easily won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet 6 inches, then had the bar raised to 5 feet, 9 inches. By then her legs were a bit shot as she also competed in the Elite heat of the 100-meter dash, so her winning jump remained at 5-6, well-off her school record and leading State Mark of 5 feet, 10.5 inches. For videos and pictures of these events, as well as many others, check our website

“The double dual meet held Thursday at Clairemont High School, was the last meet of the season where the entire team could compete. Nick Dunn and Kainoa Potter placed 1-2 for both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Dunn had a big personal record in the former with a time of 11.13 followed by Potter with a time of 11.92, with Carson Stewart, David Norris, and Ryan Vo following Dunn and Potter. In the 200 meters, Dunn clocked 22.61, followed by Potter in 23.65, Jesse Vernallis, Race Schwartz, David Norris, Stewart, and Vo. Shane Alihan set a personal record in the 400-meter dash while placing third with a time of 54.58, followed by Vernallis who placed fifth in 56.23. The trio of Orion James, Noah Wahamaki, and John Cook were the only entries in the 110-meter hurdles, and they finished in that order. In the 300 hurdles, Cook and James went 1-2 with times of 46.63 and 46.94, followed by Wahamaki (49.18) in fourth and Alihan in fifth. Alihan, Dunn, Potter, and Jaynes won the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.02, with Stewart, Schwartz, Wahamaki, and Vernallis following in the ‘B’ team with a time of 48.75.

“Jack Weisbrod won the shot put with a personal record of 37 feet, 11 inches followed by Andrew Needham and Asa Valdivia in fifth and sixth. Weisbrod placed second in the Discus followed by Needham in fifth and Valdivia in seventh. Long jumping for only the second time, Dunn cleared 19 feet, 2 inches, with Schwartz placing fourth at 16-4. In the 1,600-meter run, Cole Mullins placed third in 5:05.5, followed by Conor Youngblood (5:36.8) and Xavier Baltazar (5:46.1).

“Saturday at the Viking Relays, Dunn placed third in the 100 in 11.35 and fourth in the 200 with 23.20. Potter ran 12.03 and 24.13 in those races. Alihan’s time in the 400 was 55.38; Mullins ran a personal record in the 1,600 meters of 4:45.21; Cook had a personal record in the 110 hurdles of 18.51; Wahamaki ran a personal record for the 300 hurdles of 46.79; and Cook’s time for the 300 hurdles was 47.15. In the throws, Weisbrod threw 36-9 in the shot put and 83-6 in the Discus, followed by Joe Whalen in the latter with 69-1. Dunn, Alihan, Potter, and Wahamaki teamed up in the 800-meter Sprint Medley Relay to place ninth.

“We loaded-up the sprints for the Girls’ Team at the Thursday meet. Brianna Finnegan won the 100-meter dash with 14.31, with Daniela Rassvetaieff third in 14.46, Jasmine Chaney was fourth, followed by Elana Shenas, Samantha Lorr, Skyler Smith, Chloe Cooper, and Sinaia Haskal. Finnegan also won the 200-meter dash in 28.76, with Grace Gehler-Smith placing third with 31.21. Lorr was sixth followed by Smith and Haskal. Sofia Van Arsdale and Regina Czerewko finished 1-2 in the 400-meter run with times of 62.24 and 64.86 with Gehler-Smith in sixth. Sisters Abigail Hundley and Madden Hundley cruised to a 1-2 finish in the 800 with times of 2:30.8 and 2:38.6. Madden won the 1,600 in 5:38.0 followed by Samantha Russell in third with 6:14.5 and Maya Haskal in seventh. Czerewko won the 300 hurdles in 52.72 followed by Chaney in third with 58.56. As usual Victoria Perez won the shot put and discus throws with marks of 33-2 in the shot and 116-1 in the discus. Hickey soared to 19 feet, 4 inches to win the long jump, followed by Lorr, Finnegan, and Shenas. Coronado won the 4x100 in 55.57 with Czerewko, Finnegan, Rassvetaieff, and Gehler-Smith.

“At the Viking Relays, Van Arsdale ran 5:17.57 for the 1,600 meters, a personal record for her. This was only her second attempt at this distance, so she’ll go quite a bit faster. Czerewko set personal records in both the 400-meter run and 300-meter hurdles with times of 64.64 and 52.11. Perez placed third in the shot put with a mark of 32-2 and fifth in the discus with 104-5.5. The season is over for the majority of the team. We qualified a few athletes for the Escondido Invite this Friday, as well as the Frosh/Soph meet Saturday.”

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