Wise hurt at qualifier, out of 200

May 6, 2014
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter Fort Cherry's Jenna Lucas throws the javelin for 157 ft. 4 inches during the track meet at South Side Beaver High School on Tuesday, May 6.
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter Wash High's Quorteze Levy takes off after receiving the hand-off of the baton from D'Heaven Kelley in the 3200 relay during the track meet on Tuesday, May 6.
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter California's Kailyn Clancy throws the discus at the WPIAL Class AA Southern Qualifier at South Side Beaver.
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Katie Roupe/Observer-Reporter South Fayette's Tori Valacaovic wins the semi-finals of the 100 mm hurdles event during the track meet on Tuesday.

HOOKSTOWN – Alyssa Wise’s chance to defend her state title in the 200-meter dash came to an end Tuesday afternoon on the all-weather track at South Side Beaver High School.

Wise, a senior at Washington High School who is headed to Pitt next fall, strained her hamstring in the 100-meter dash at the WPIAL Class AA Southern Qualifier.

Wise, the reigning state and WPIAL champion in the 100 and 200 dashes, felt the hamstring in her left leg tighten about 25 meters from the finish line in the 100 dash. Wise finished the race and collapsed to the track in pain.

“It hurts pretty bad right now,” said Wise. “Oh my gosh, words can’t describe how disappointed I am. I’m a competitor. I want to race. If they asked me to throw the shot put, I would.”

Wise won the 100 dash in a state qualifying time of 12.06.

Afterwards, Wise was examined by the training staff at the meet and had her leg wrapped. But when she tried to run on it, the pain returned. If there was a silver lining to this injury, it’s that it’s believed Wise did not suffer a pulled hamstring muscle. The training staff believes the hamstring muscle can respond to massage therapy and Wise has eight more days until the WPIAL Championships are held at Baldwin High School Thursday.

“When they wrapped it, it felt better,” she said. “When I tried to run on it, it hurt the same.”

Wise was pulled from the 400-meter relay but the foursome of India March, D’Shea Sweeney, Tajah Gordon and Aliyah Moye qualified for the WPIAL Championships. If Wise recovers, she can still compete in the event. Wise also competes on the Prexies’ 1,600-meter relay team, which also advanced to the WPIAL Championships.

“It’s a shame, because I know how badly she wanted to perform,” said Washington coach Teresa Booker. “Right now, we’re going to do what’s best for her health. Until she sees (a doctor today), we won’t know. But the trainer said it was not a pull.”

Meanwhile Fort Cherry’s Jenna Lucas had her best throw in the javelin, launching it 157-6 to break the school record of 156-4 set by Jessie Merckle two years ago and move into the top five throws in the nation. The University of Central Florida recruit is still hoping to break 160 before season’s end.

Still, she is struggling with her technique.

“The first throw slipped out of my hand and went 20 feet, so I scratched,” said Lucas. “Then, I threw 150-3 but the technique felt weird.”

Lucas said she will spend the eight days before the WPIAL Championships working on her technique and resting up.

“I am going to focus on getting enough sleep and get on a good healthy grind,” she said. “The goal is still 160.”

Kailyn Clancy of California followed a great week’s performance by winning the shot put with a put of 44-3. This comes on the heels of a 46-10 to win the Baldwin Invitation and a 45-3½ to win the high school girls division of the Penn Relays 11 days ago.

“I like it (at Baldwin),” she said. “It’s one of my favorite places to throw.”

Clancy is not only the best thrower at each meet, she also is the fastest. The time elapsed between the time she stepped into the circle and her put was four seconds on her winning effort.

“Some people were telling me that I throw fast,” she said. “I didn’t realize I was going that fast. I just go in and do it.”

Clancy also won the discus with a 114-9 effort.

Chase Caldwell of Washington broke a South Side Beaver hex by setting a PR in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.78, beating his previous best by .11 seconds. It also was the second-best time in the event.

“I got pushed by (Alex) Tolbert of Beaver,” said Caldwell. “I haven’t been pushed a lot.”

Maybe more important, the senior finally conquered this track.

“In my freshman year, I fell,” he said. “My sophomore year, I hit every hurdle down the track, and my junior year I was all jittery. This year, I just went at it.”

Washington’s boys 3,200-meter relay and 1,600 relay teams each took first place. The foursome of D’Heaven Kelley, Isaiah Robinson, Levy and Isbell crossed in 3:27.5, under the state qualifying time and the best in WPIAL this season.

DeQuay Isbell won the 400 in 50.63 and Quorteze Levy crossed first in the 300 hurdles in 39.65. Both times would have met the state qualifying time. Levy also won the long jump (20-4¾).

Sean Hilverding of Waynesburg won the won the 3,200 run with a time of 9:54.88 and Zak Dysert of Fort Cherry was first in the discus (131-8).

Joe Tuscano has been with the Observer-Reporter since 1980. He has covered all sports for the newspaper, including the Steelers, Pirates, Pitt football, local college football and wrestling. He has worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Jeannette News-Dispatch and North Hills Record. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1980.

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