KEAAU – Three defending state champions sunk their spikes into the all weather track at Kamehameha to rise to the top of their competition at a Big Island Interscholastic all schools track and field meet held on Saturday.
Konawaena’s Lia Galdeira and Ua Ruedy along with Kamehameha’s Kaenen Akau distanced themselves from the rest of the league as they prepare to defend their state crowns in three weeks.
Galdeira opened the day running away from the field in the 100 hurdles in a blistering time of 14.8 seconds, then moments later returned to win the 100 dash in 12.54.
The amazing Wildcat managed to squeeze in the long jump between the two 100 races, winning with a giant leap of 17-11.75 and finished the day with a triple jump victory of 35-08.5.
The state champion in the 100 hurdles complemented her coaches for much of her track success.
“Our coaches are great, as they know what they are talking about,” Galdeira said. “I wasn’t even going to come out for track this season because I wanted to focus on academics but they convinced me to come out.”
Galdeira needed to get up early to catch the 5 am bus from Kona to Kamehameha and forgot something in the process.
“I forgot to pack my track shorts and just brought this ordinary pair of shorts,” she said. “I think I could have done better had I brought my correct shorts, especially in the long jump.”
Teammate Ruedy brought all the right equipment and dazzled the crowd in the 300 hurdles racing away from the rest of the field.
The defending state champion in the 300 ran a flawless race while looking like a gazelle traversing the obstacles in perfect strides.
“It was okay today because I got a slow start,” Ruedy said. “I know I can improve my time a lot and I need to get out of the blocks quicker and not slow down.”
During the girls long jump 8 girls jumped over 15 feet.
“It shows the level of competition is at an all time high and at a state level,” Jordan Rosado the long jump official said.
Kamehameha’s Akau was up to his normal patterns in the long jump, fouling in his first two attempts before making the final jump count.
“I know that my first jump is the most important, but I have marks from the previous weeks so I can give my all on every jump,” Akau said.
The defending state champ in the long jump decided to take two steps back on his final jump then unleashed his personal best launching a 22-.75 and in the process setting a new stadium record.
“On my final jump I moved back 2 steps, but I know that getting a mark on my first jump is most important,” Akau said. “I’m shooting to reach 23 feet by the BIIF championships.”
Akau also started his day winning the 100 meter dash and in the process set a new stadium record at 11.04 seconds.
“I’m still working on being relaxed in the 100,” Akau said. “I tense up and my stride lessens.”
In the 100 Akau was challenged by Keaau’s Jesse Huihui in a battle to the finish.
“Jesse is a great competitor and I felt the urge to push myself harder with him in the race.” Akau said.
The 400 dash saw the return of Kealakehe’s Luca Walter to his first all schools meet this season.
Walter wasted no time reminding people who the BIIF champion is by clocking a 50.7 second time to place himself as the second best time in the state.
“I want to hit 49 seconds by the BIIF championships,” Walter said. “I need to work on my start out of the blocks to be faster.”
Walter clocked a league leading time in the 800 with a 2:01.87.
“I’m pretty excited with my 800 time and I think I can bring that under 2 minutes within the next two weeks,” he said.
In the 200 dash it was Keaau’s Damien Packer winning his second race after taking the 110 hurdles.
“My 200 time can improve if I kick out of the turns better and have faster feet,” Packer said. “I need to get faster and not tense up as much.”
Another defending state champion in the shot put, HPA’s Shane Brostek, was at the Punahou Relays on Oahu and was selected most outstanding for winning both the shot and discus.
Running around the oval and not getting much attention is Pahoa sophomore Micah Davis.
Davis, for the past two weeks, has decided to run in every event from the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000.
“I thought it was amazing that someone who finishes last in every event would have the will power to do all the running events,” Kamehameha Coach Ryan Cabalse said.
“I feel like I’d rather run than sit in the bleachers,” Davis said. “I’ve been second to last twice and I beat my times from the week before.”
Davis has a twin brother, Josh, who also runs for the Daggers, but it is Micah that will take on the task of doing every running event that the league has to offer.
“I’m improving each week and I want to get faster,” Micah said. “I do it just for me and not for anyone else.”
The BIIF regular season concludes with an all schools meet at Hawaii Predatory Academy on Saturday starting at 9 am.
Kealakekua – The Kealakehe boys and girls track & field team were short in numbers on Saturday during a Big Island Interscholastic Federation all schools meet held on the Konawaena campus, but that didn’t deter them from turning in a great performance.
“We have about 15 kids missing with prom tonight, but we have a lot of depth,” Waverider coach Duke Hartfield said. “We entered this year with what we never had last year.”
According to Hartfield the Waveriders boast one of their largest teams with 35 girls and 30 boys making Kealakehe a possible contender for the league title.
“Our boy’s team is a possible contender if everybody stays healthy. We have a legitimate chance at winning the BIIF team title,” Hartfield said.
Avery Hardy-Jordan got things started for the Waverider boys when he took on two of the league’s best sprinters and won it all in a blistering 11.07 seconds.
The Waverider beat out the defending BIIF champion, Kamehameha’s Kaenen Akau and the BIIF runner up, Keaau’s Jesse Huihui to establish himself as the one to beat in the sprint.
“A lot of people asked me to come out for track this season and I was hoping that it would help me become a better football and soccer athlete,” Hardy-Jordan said.
The multi talented Waverider competed in 5 events during the day, but the 100 was clearly his best performance until the end of the day when he took to the blocks to run the 200 meter dash, winning in 22.62.
“I like the sprints and I know I can get faster if I work on my form and my block starts,” Hardy-Jordan said. “I’m still working on learning the long and high jumps and on my passing in the 4×100 relay.
Teammate Jason Fowler, a senior, turned some heads winning the 400 in a time of 52.24 seconds.
“I laid off track for the past two years in favor of canoe paddling,” Fowler said. “I initially just came out for the training and to work on my cardio conditioning and have found my event in the 400.
Fowler wasn’t sure he was going to stick around for the end of the track meet as the 4×400 relay is the climax of the day long meet.
“I’m not sure I’ll be here for the 1600 relay as I am going to prom tonight,” Fowler said. “I believe I can get my 400 time at 50 seconds flat and will work hard during the remainder of the season to reach that goal.”
Caili Ebaniz, a junior, was not headed to prom and performed well for the Waveriders in the 100, 200, and 4×100 relay.
“My favorite is the 100,” Ebaniz said. “I like the short distances and I know I can bring my 100 time down below 13 seconds. I come into the race nervous and it gets me ready and it keeps me alert.”
Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Bre Vallente made it a true West Side Story as the freshman shot out of the blocks to claim victory in the 200.
Trailing in the initial stages of her race Vallente made up ground to run down her opponents to claim her first all schools victory.
“When I’m behind someone I like it because it makes me push myself harder,” Vallente said. “The older, more experienced girls make me work harder and helps me get faster.”
Vallente ran in the 100 and 4×100 relay and also did the high jump.
“I like the sprints a lot as it gets me faster and will help me when I play soccer,” Vallente said.
Hilo sophomore Carmen Garson-Shumway had a notable performance in the 1500 bringing her personal best sub 5 minute finish.
“At states last year I ran 5 minutes flat,” Garson-Shumway said. “I have a new training partner in Mehana Sabado-Halpern who helps to push me in practice.”
The Viking managed to cross the finish line in 4:59.67 but wants to improve on that time.
“I hope to eventually hit 4:50,” Garson-Shumway said. “I’m working on believing I can get there and I want to run against Zoe (Sims of HPA).
Several state champions, including Sims and Shane Brostek of HPA and Ua Ruedy and Lia Galderia of Kona were participating at the Honolulu Marathon Invite on Oahu’s Kamehameha Kapalama campus.
Brostek, the defending state champion in the shot had his personal best on Oahu throwing the shot 56 feet and the discus 168-11. Sims the defending state champion in the 1500 won on Oahu with a 4:50.86 and had a photo finish in the 800 at 2:16.67.
The next BIIF all schools track & field meet will be held at Kamehameha on Saturday with the field events starting at 9 and running events at 10.
The Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s girls and Waiakea boys look to defend their team titles when the BIIF gets a running start with dual season openers at Kamehameha and Konawaena on Saturday.
“We return a young, but experienced girls team,” Veteran Ka Makani Coach Pat Lau said.
“Our strength will be with our distance girls in events of 400 meters and above.”
Lau has the luxury of having the entire 2011 girl’s state champion cross country team on the track.
Zoe Sims, last year’s 1500 meter state champion along with Kristiana Van Pernis who placed in both the 1500 and 800 meter events at states, will headline the talented Ka Makani distance squad.
“Besides our distance girls we have two strong finishers in pole vault, Sydney Budde and Taylor Esaki,” Lau said.
Experience is the name of the game with HPA having two hurdlers in Emily Evans and Katie Case which give firepower and depth to Ka Makani track squad.
“In the rest of the events we have a lot of new girls and they should do well,” Lau said.
Lau also has a host of talent to choose from with another large turnout on the track.
“This year we have another big team with 47 girls and 32 boys, most are still learning,” Lau said. “Pole vault alone will have 11 athletes with only 4 having experience.”
Lau points to his coaches which are working hard at finding the right events for each of his athletes.
“Our coaches will spend time with each and every one of them to find how they can best contribute to the team,” Lau said.
The HPA boys return state shot put and discus champion Shane Brostek and Lau feels that he will have another great year.
“Our senior leader is Kayden Haleakala in the pole vault and sprints,” Lau said. “We expect a few surprises in the hurdles and jumps with our young boys.”
Defending boy’s team champions, Waiakea, return most of their squad from last season which have coaches Mary Jane and Lance Tominaga looking for a repeat.
“We’re expecting our returnees to contribute in their events,” MJ Tominaga said.
The Tominaga’s have high expectations for Mauna Palama-Danielson, throws, Jackson Halford, Ian McQuate and Keoni Rice in the mid to long distance races, Michael Morikawa and Kevin Nicolas in the hurdles and jumps and Colton Austria in sprints.
“We have about 40 athletes on the boy’s side and we expect some of our new additions to be key contributors to this year’s team,” Coach Tominaga said. “We feel the team will be competitive as we have the depth to field athlete in every event except for pole vault.”
Waiakea has a small girl’s team with 15 and the Tominaga’s agree that they lack the depth of the boy’s squad.
Key individuals for the Warrior girls will come from Kelsie Kobayashi in distance, Haley Rasse, mid distance and Teisha Nacis in sprints.
KEAAU will field a large squad of 77 athletes, but according to Coach Vicky Chai-Guerpo most are young and have raw talent.
“We have a close knit group of kids who are focused on doing their best,” Chai-Guerpo said. “Our goal is to be a ‘brotherhood’ caring about each other and if we accomplish this, then a win may follow.”
The Cougars will rely on the experience of a sprint core made up of Jesse Huihui, Damien Packer, and Alexander Engdahl. Teammates Cliff Ericksson, jumps and hurdles; Nelson Enos, pole vault; Talon Ota, jumps and 400; Joey Aquino, high jump; Randi Estrada, sprints; and Deann Nishimura-Thornton at distance events.
HILO with veteran coach Bill McMahon has a good turnout of mostly young girls and he is trying to see how they will develop.
“Our girls will bring back Carmen Garson-Shumway at distance, along with Shina Chung at Pole Vault,” McMahon said.
The Viking boys will see Zack Atagi in the discus and shot.
“Our boys had a good turnout but almost all are new guys so we don’t know what we have yet,” McMahon said. “We are going to try to be competitive.”
HONOKAA – One of the league’s best distance coaches, Josh Abner, brings with him one of the strongest 1500 and 3K runners on the track in Chase Moniz along with brothers Robert and Tony Conners handling the mid distance.
“I also have high expectations for our 4×400 meter relay team and sprints with the addition of Dylan Oanadasan, Brooks McVey, and Koa Phenice returning,” Abner said.
Abner also noted that Josh Tobias will join the team, after a fantastic soccer season.
For the Dragon girls Abner has high hopes for Hildhang Adona and Kelly Greenwell in the distance races along with Nahe Lau and Yvonne Daniels in the sprint events.
KAU – has a new coach, but a familiar face on campus, Kapua Lapera returns to her alma mater after graduating and running cross country for the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
The Trojans return one of the islands fastest sprinter and jumper in junior Christina Padrigo.
Marley Stand-Nicolaisen, triple jump and hurdles along with teammate Alika Kaopua, the BIIF triple jump champion will also be a highlight for Kau.
KAMEHAMEHA – Under head coach Kimo Weaver always produces outstanding hurdlers who have gone on to win state titles. Weaver is a master coach in the hurdles as that is his area of expertise.
The Warriors will carry between 20 and 30 boys and another 20 to 30 girls, according to Weaver.
Outstanding returnees include Kaenen Aukai Akau in the long jump and sprints along with Chelsea Poe in sprints and relays and Alyssa Lehua McGuire in the hurdles, pole vault and relays.
“Our strengths are in the jumps, but we are a young and inexperienced team,” Weaver said. “Our main goal is to simple get better every week and having fun doing it.”
KONAWAENA - Wildcat coaches Kuulei Saole and Kuulika Taveras return some super star power in Ua Ruedy, the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles and Lita Taomoefalau who placed third in the BIIF throws.
The big question was whether or not basketball great Lia Galderia will compete as she was questionable going into the preseason while she was still working on preparing for college, according to a school source.
Galderia, a muli talented athlete will appear in action on the BIIF track scene, as her presence will add a boost to the Wildcat program according to sources within the BIIF.
The BIIF regular track and field season gets a leaping start this Saturday as West side schools head to Kona with East side running on the Kamehameha Keaau track.
Both venues start with field events at 9 am and running events commencing at 10 am.
2011 BIIF Track and Field Boys All-League Team
Boys MVP: Keanan Aukai Akau, Jr., Kamehameha
Boys First Team: Hawaii Prep: Shane Brostek, Jr.
Honokaa: Chris Mosch, Sr,
Kamehameha HI: Aukai Akau, Jr.; Everett McKee Sr.
Ka’u: Alika Kaopua, Jr.
Keaau: Nelson Enos, Jr.
Kealakehe: Dylan Navarro, Sr.; Luca Walter, Jr.
Waiakea: Travis Winters
Boys Second Team Hawaii Prep: George Twigg-Smith, Sr.
Hilo: Daniel Taylor, Sr.; Zachary Atagi, Jr.
Keaau: Jesse Huihui, Jr.; Alexander Engdahl, Jr.; Greg Matias, Jr.
Kealakehe: Geoff Whitener, Sr.
Waiakea: Grant Uekawa, Sr.; Jackson Halford, Jr.; Michael Morikawa, So.; Mauna Palama-Danielson, Sr.
Boys Honorable Mention:
Christian Liberty: Jordan Grotenhuis, So.
Hawaii Prep: Christian Lee, Sr.; Yasu Miyakawa, Jr.; Joey Kailimai, Fr.; Kyle Katase, Sr.; Rokas Cesnulevicius, Sr.; Kayden Haleakala, Jr.; David McMahon, Sr.
Hilo: Raskassa Johnson, Fr.; Johann Kuipers, Jr,; Tyde Kaneshiro, Sr.; Katon Pestano, So.; Billy Ray, Sr.; Cole Carpenter, Sr.; Isaia Fuiava, Sr.;
Honokaa: Chayse Moniz, Jr.; Joshua Robinson, Sr.; Bobby Uesi, Sr.
Kamehameha HI: Shawn Correa Doll, Jr.; Easten Tanimoto, Jr.; Micah Kaaihue, Fr.
Keaau: Matthew Winters, So.; Talon Ota, So.; Kevin Olsen, Sr.; Joseph Aquino Jr, Jr.; Johnny Chow, Sr.; Viliami Fahiua, Jr.
Kealakehe: Ezra Comesario, Jr.
Konawaena: Jeremiah May, Sr.; Kahoali`i Karratti, Fr.
St. Joseph: Andrew Langtry, Jr.
Waiakea: Stephen McAuliffe; Keoni Rice; Ian McQuate; Kevin Nicolas; Ryne Uemura; Solomon Thomas, Sr.
Boys Coach of the Year: Lance Tominaga, Waiakea
After day one of the HHSAA track & field qualifiers held on Maui several Big Island Interscholastic Federation Athletes made it into today’s finals. Below is the list of qualifiers going into the finals:
BOYS Shane Brostek, HPA, #1 shot, #3 discus
Mauna Palamama-Danielson, WHS, #5 shot, #7 discus Kaenen Aukai Akua, Kamehameha, #3 long jump
Everett McKee, Kamehameha, #5 long jump, #7 110 Hurdles Michael Morikawa, WHS, #6, long jump
Travis Winters, WHS, #7 long jump, and FINISHED #3 high jump going 6-02
Jesse Huihui, Keaau, #8 100, #5 200
Jackson Halford, WHS, #6 1500, #7 800 Luca Walter, Kealakehe, #3 400
Chris Mosch, Honokaa, #8 3K Andrew Langtry, St. Joseph, #12 3K
Emalia Galdeira, Kona, #1 long jump, #5 triple jump, #3 100 hurdles, #5 100, #6 200 McKenna Davidson, Kealakehe, #8 long jump
Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Kau, #8 triple jump Lana Queen, HPA, #6 100 hurdles, #4 300 hurdles
Zoe Sims, HPA, #4 1500, #2 400 Carmen Garson-Shumway, Hilo, #5 1500
Kristiana Van Pernis, HPA, #6 1500, #3 800 Kela Vargas, HPA, #9, 1500
Randi Estrada, Keaau, #7 400 Ua Ruedy, Kona, #3 300 hurdles
HPA girls seeded #2 in the 4×400 relay Kealakehe girls seeded #7 4×400 relay