Lynda Brundige finished off Hutch-Tech’s girls victorious 4x400 meter relay and collapsed to the All High Stadium track. Her father carried her off the field and back into the stands after several minutes so the boys could begin their 4x400 run.
If anyone had good reason to rest at Wednesday’s All-High championships, it was Brundige.
The junior sprinter easily won the girls 100 and 200 meters and was a part of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams as the Engineers dominated the All-High track and field championships with 13 event wins.
Hutch-Tech head coach Dave Sardo said the biggest reason for his team’s success was “tradition.”
“The kids really buy into the fact that it’s been a long string of hard work and discipline and performance,” Sardo said. “They don’t want to be the ones to let it drop so they just continue … A lot of bright kids that work hard make coaches’ IQs go way up.”
Brundige was a catalyst for the girls, as she was a part of four of the Hutch-Tech’s girls’ five wins. Sardo used these words to describe Brundige: “Hit the genetic lottery, works extremely hard and is extremely competitive.”
Brundige was hoping to break City Honors’ Julia Ziaja’s 100-meter league record on Wednesday. Ziaja broke it last year at All High – which gave Brundige her only loss of the season. Brundige was just 0.2 seconds off the record with her winning time of 11.8 seconds Wednesday but she still beat out Ziaja – who Brundige says is “too nice for her to talk smack to.” Ziaja had an impressive day as well, coming in second in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump.
Hutch-Tech’s Nisa Raqib won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.9. She also won the triple jump.
The Hutch-Tech boys also enjoyed success with wins in the shot put and high jump by Davonte Edwards and Duane Robertson, respectively. They also dominated the relay races with wins in the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800. Hutch-Tech’s Jordan Greene, Nathan Smith and Njegos Petrovic won the 400, 800 and 1,600 meters respectively.
Junior Keyon Johnson had a big day for McKinley with wins in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump. He set a personal best with his time of 10.8 seconds in the 100.
“I’ve been striving to get better throughout the whole season, so I’ve strived to finish out on top,” Johnson said. “Earlier in the season I was losing to those guys I beat today, but today I felt different.”
Other winners on the boys side included International Prep’s Kibrom Gebriwot in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:30.9, Bennett’s Shundrekis Lewis with a triple jump of 40-2 and City Honors’ Abraham Loncke, who won both the 110- and 400-meter hurdles.
Olmsted dominated the girls longer sprints with Georgi Gallivan, Brittany Higgs and Emily Mogavero winning the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 meters, respectively. Olmsted also won the long jump (Mikeya Nesbitt) and high jump (Liz Rakowski) plus the 4x800.
City Honors had winners with Allie Banas (1:02.5 in the 400) and Olivia Schultz (400 hurdles). South Park’s Jayda Wilson won the shot put with a throw of 34-7.
The Section IV Championships will be held June 5 at Niagara-Wheatfield High School.