The list of Buffalo Public Schools track and field champions got quite a bit longer for Hutch-Tech as the All-High Championships wrapped up on Wednesday.
The Engineers took first place in 14 of the 21 events on the second day of the meet and 18 of the 29 events overall in continuing their dominance on the city scene.
A year after Lynda Brundige capped her exceptional high school career for Hutch-Tech, junior Nisa Raqib stepped right in by winning three individual events (100-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump) and also playing her part in the winning 4x100 relay.
“We were kind of neck-and-neck at the same speeds last year, so she just kept me going,” said Raqib, who’s the defending 100 hurdles indoor champion. “Even though she left, she’s still providing me some motivation.”
One Buffalo Public Schools track standout graduates. Another one fills their shoes.
That’s just how things work at Hutch-Tech.
“Nisa was definitely kind of the younger sister last year, and she’s learned her lessons well,” Hutch-Tech coach Dave Sardo said at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium. “She’s handled her business real well and Lynda had a lot to do with that teaching her along the way.”
Hutch-Tech sweeps the 110/100 hurdles #preptalklive
Boys: Aaron Jones
Girls: Nisa Raqib pic.twitter.com/c4tpM4r8nZ
— Corey Desiderio (@cpdesi1) May 24, 2017
While Raqib had a hand in four of Hutch-Tech’s victories, Emily Booth crossed the finish line first in the 3,000 on Tuesday and the 1,500 Wednesday for its other two girls triumphs.
Three individual double-winners helped the Engineers win 12 of 15 boys events. Duane Robertson won the long jump and high jump, Amir Hunter the 100 and 200 and Aaron Jones the 110 hurdles and 400.
Hutch-Tech also swept all three boys 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relays on Wednesday. Hunter ran a leg in the 100 and 400.
Meanwhile, the future looks extremely bright for Olmsted, which won eight of the 14 girls events.
“If you look in the senior lap, there’s not one person from Olmsted in there,” Owls coach Mark Orlando said. “We have no seniors, so we’re excited because we’re also getting more and more competitive against competition from the rest of the section.”
Eighth-grader Miquela Hunter led the way with first-place finishes in the 100, 200, 400 and 4x400 relay, which all took place on Wednesday. It was quite the jump from last year, when she won the 400 and took part in the 4x100.
“The biggest growth was in getting the form down and getting her used to her body because seventh and eighth grade is that time it changes,” said Orlando, who also mentioned Hunter will be competing at events in Australia and Hawaii this summer.
The 100 and 200 are Hunter’s best races when comparing her times to the rest of Section VI, but Orlando thinks longer distances might be in her future.
“The 200, at this time in her career, she’s been able to hit those high marks," Orlando said. "In the 400 she needs people to run with, so at sectionals you could see her run even lower times. Last year I think she (ran a personal record by) 2.5 seconds just because the competition.
“In the long run it’s probably the 200 and 400, and in college it will probably be the 400 and 800. She hates when I say the 800, but that’s probably going to be where her bread and butter is going to be.”
Also standing out for Olmsted was freshman Emily Mogavero, who won the 800 and ran a leg in the winning 4x400 and 4x800 relays. Junior Aaliyah Blanks, who went to states in the 100 hurdles last year, came in second to Raqib in that event but won the long jump on Wednesday. Junior Anaya Wood threw a Buffalo Public Schools record 35 feet, eight inches Tuesday to win the shot put title.
The only athlete not from Hutch-Tech or Olmsted to win an event at the meet was International Prep’s Ali Sadik. He repeated as a triple-winner in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.