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Islander Alysah Hickey Wins State High Jump Title, Third In Long Jump

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Posted: Monday, June 3, 2019 3:42 pm | Updated: 3:58 pm, Mon Jun 3, 2019.

George Green, Islander Track and Field Head Coach, provides an update on the California State Track Meet held Friday and Saturday. “Alysah Hickey went into the High School State Meet last weekend as the second-ranked long jumper and top-ranked high jumper in California. Until last week, she was the top-ranked jumper in both, but Upland’s Caelyn Harris knocked Hickey out of the No. 1 position in the long jump, at the Southern Section Masters Meet.

The first day of the State Meet is a preliminary event used to qualify the Top 12 contestants for the Finals Saturday. In the long jump, each jumper was allowed three jumps with the Top 12 advancing to Saturday. Harris had the top mark with a leap of 20 feet, 2.25 inches followed by Hickey with 19 feet, 4 inches. Because these were the top two jumps after two attempts, neither Girl took their third jump, as the prelim marks do not carry over to the Finals the next day. Still, Harris’ leap, showed she would be a tough adversary.

The high jump prelims were run a bit differently. Rather than the top Girls jumping as high as they could, the bar was raised gradually, starting with 5 feet, 2 inches until there were only 12 jumpers left. Alysah needed only two jumps, the first at 5-2, the second at 5-4 to advance to Saturday.

Saturday, the long jump went off at 5 p.m., followed by the high jump at 7:30 p.m., so there wasn’t a lot of time between the two events. After three attempts in the long jump, the top nine jumpers got three more attempts, with any of the six jumps counting as their best for the day. On her second jump, in the second round, Harris soared out to a State leading jump of 20 feet, 8.5 inches which proved to the eventual top mark of the day. Second place went to Jazlynn Shearer from Silver Creek with 19 feet, 10.75 inches. Alysah was only a quarter of an inch behind with 19 feet 10.5 inches for third place. On her fifth jump, Harris clutched her leg mid-leap and fell into the pit. That was her last attempt as she was injured. Later, on the podium, the Girls, rather than stand for the group photo, sat next to her as she couldn’t stand without pain.

The starting height for the high jump was 5 feet, 3 inches. That height was low for a State Competition, so the event took a long time to finish. It was around 9:30 pm when the event concluded. At the height of 5 feet, 7 inches, there were three girls left, Alysah, Rachel Glenn from Long Beach Wilson, and Victoria Plummer from Moorpark. Going into the meet Alysah and Rachel were the two favorites, with Rachel the defending State Co-Champion with a personal record of 5 feet, 11 inches, and Alysah as the top jump of the 2019 season at 5 feet, 10.5 inches. Rachel had to leave the high jump to compete in the 300-meter hurdles when the bar went to 5 feet, 8 inches. When this happens, the bar keeps going up, and the person who left rejoins the competition at the current height. Alysah cleared 5-8 on her second try, and Victoria failed to clear the height. By that time Rachel had returned from the 300-hurdles and was given a few minutes to recover. She missed all three of her tries at 5-8, so Alysah was the winner. This victory was a fitting conclusion for our long-time high jump Coach Kerry Elders, who will retire after this season.

Alysah concluded her high school career with State Gold Medals in both the long jump (2018) and High Jump (2019). She also has a fourth place State Medal in the high jump (2018) and a third State Medal in the long jump (2019). She holds school records in the 100, 200, High Jump, Long jump and 4x100 relay.

Our other State Contender was Teresa Perez in the 800-meter run. Terresa didn’t make the Finals Saturday but she placed 15th overall with a time of 2:15.27 in Friday’s Prelim Heats. Teresa finishes the season ranked third overall in San Diego for the 800 with a time of 2:13.71. She holds the school records for the 800, 1600, 2-mile, and 3-mile runs. Check out our website at islandertrack.com for videos of Alysah at the State Meet.”

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