Alyissa Hasan expected she'd do well at the Section VI Indoor Track and Field Championships, but setting two sectional records while winning three events exceeded even her expectations.
The eighth-grader from Williamsville South set the Section VI record in the long jump, breaking her own mark with a jump of 19-feet-1 1/2 . The effort is also the state record for eighth-graders.
Her record leap came on her third and final jump.
"I basically kept my legs out longer, and tried to keep them up for as long as I could," she said. "I exploded off the board. I don't think I gave any inches away on the board."
She was even more impressive in breaking the Sectional record in the triple jump, an event she'd only competed in twice before. Her jump of 37- 1/2 broke the record of 36-6 held by April Pabilonia of Clarence. It was another state mark for eighth graders.
She completed the day by winning the 55-meter dash in 7.48 to tie her own school record.
"I've only had one other national class athlete, and he graduated in 1977 (Colin McClive)," said Chuck Godrey, the Williamsville South indoor track head coach. "This kid is pretty much unique from anything I've seen, and I've been doing this a long time. We don't get kids at that level, let alone being an eighth grader."
The top two finishers from Sectionals qualified for the New York State championships March 10 in Syracuse.
Hasan wasn't the only athlete to qualify in three events. Senior Scott Limberg of Jamestown qualified in the long jump, triple jump and 55 dash. Senior Bryan Weinstein of Williamsville North qualified in the 300 meters, 55 dash and anchored the 4x200 relay.
Clarence won two boys relays and one girls. Senior Sarah Coseo defended her title in the 1,500, winning by an impressive seven-second margin.
Senior Aaron Mitchell of Sweet Home won the shot put with a toss of 58-1 1/4 -- 1 2/3 inches off his season best.
Injured Jamestown sprinter Tirana McDermott, the two-time defending state champion in the 55 meters, did not compete.
Manhattan Cup quarterfinals: Jim Rahill scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Joe Zera netted four free throws late as Canisius ended rival St. Joe's season with a 51-44 victory. With Canisius winning and St. Mary's of Lancaster losing, the Crusaders will be the league's Class C representative at the state playoffs. Nick Massaro was the only scorer in double figures for St. Joe's with 11.
A big second quarter helped St. Francis eliminate St. Mary's, 62-44. The Red Raiders outscored the Lancers, 19-3, in the second. Sophomore Jim Negrych (10 points) was one of 11 player who scored for St. Francis. Mike Kubera and Brian Nash grabbed seven rebounds each. Tim Wilson (11 points) and Brian Wojick (10) led the Lancers, who finish 8-13.
ESDAA: Anthony Baskin had 11 points as St. Mary's School for the Deaf (6-15) lost in the championship, 65-39, to the Rochester School for the Deaf.