Several Islander Track and Field Athletes advanced to the CIF San Diego Section Finals, as Head Coach George Green reports. “Last week we competed in the CIF Prelims at Mt. Carmel High School. The Prelims serve as the qualifier for the CIF Finals, which, in turn, is the qualifier for the State Meet in Fresno May 24 and 25.

“There are two CIF Divisions for Track, appropriately named Division I and Division II, with Division II comprised of schools with an enrollment under 2,000. The top nine athletes per division, per event advanced to the CIF Finals next Saturday, also at Mt. Carmel, with event starting times running from 10 am to 5:15 p.m. We advanced seven athletes in six events.

“The day started with field events at 9 a.m. Because last Saturday’s meet was the preliminary event to next week’s Finals, the horizontal jumpers (long and triple jumps) took only three attempts to cull the field down to the final nine. Alysah Hickey cleared over 19 feet on all three of her attempts. Her best jump was her second where she cleared 19 feet, 10.25 inches to set a new CIF Championship meet record. The former record was by Olympian Gail Devers (Sweetwater High School) who jumped 19 feet, 6.5 inches in 1983. Hickey also advanced in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 4 inches. If you’ve been following her exploits, you’ll know that this is way under her normal performance. At the prelims, she stopped when she surpassed all the other jumpers because the take-off area was wet and slippery from the rain that persisted until early afternoon.

“In the Girl’s discus throw, Victoria Perez advanced with the third best throw in our division with 115 feet, 8 inches. Teresa Perez won the Division II 800-meter run in 2:16.05, followed by Sofia Van Arsdale who also advanced in eighth place with a time of 2:22.88. In the Girls’ 1,600-meter run, the Hundley sisters both advanced with Madden Hundley clocking 5:19.43 to win her heat and Abby Hundley placing third with 5:22.88 in the same heat. In the last Girls’ event of the day, we placed eighth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 4:11.30, to move on to next week. That team consisted of Van Arsdale running the lead leg followed by Abby Hundley, Regina Czerewko, and Teresa Perez running anchor. Czerewko also competed in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.25 but didn’t advance to the Finals.

“We had one qualifier for the Boys, Nick Dunn who ran a personal best time of 11.01 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Unfortunately for Nick, there was a 2.6 meters per second tailwind, which kept him from setting a new school record. The maximum allowable wind for records is 2.0 meters per second. Our current record is 11.06 seconds, set in 2008 by Kyle Brown at this meet. Brad Busby almost advanced in the Boys’ 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:38.15. However, he’s the second alternate, and may yet scratch-in. Also running, but not advancing, were John Cook who clocked 18.17 for the 110-meter high hurdles, and the Boys 4x100 relay team of Dunn, Shane Alihan, Kainoa Potter, and Zane Delcore with a time of 45.93.”

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