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Lyndhurst Sophomore Breaks School Long Jump Record

Robalino said she tries to focus solely on jumping and "trying to do my best [and] block out everything."
Robalino said she tries to focus solely on jumping and "trying to do my best [and] block out everything." Photo Credit: Kim Hykey

LYNDHURST, N.J.– Lyndhurst High School sophomore Alyssa Robalino far exceeded not only her personal best but the school record long jump at the Red Littler Bergen County Championships.

"I didn't think I would jump that well since I haven't long jumped since freshman year – and only 13 feet then," said Robalino, 15.

But she soared to a jump of 17 1/4 – eclipsing the 16-foot, 6-inch record held by her coach, Kimberly Hykey – to finish third in Division C.

"It's exciting," said Robalino, who also competes in the triple jump and the 100- and 200-meter events. "It's a high point in my track career for sure."

Seeing an athlete she coached break her record didn't make Hykey upset – "it was more meaningful to actually be there to see Alyssa's excitement and to be there to share it," said Hykey, a 2004 LHS graduate. "You want to see the kid's having fun."

Hykey set her record 12 years ago at the county championships, winning Division C.

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