Members of the Sunrise Athletics Track & Field Club who participated in the Junior Olympic Association Championships on Oahu include, front row, left to right, Chase Kotomori, Stanley Belmes, Tobi Johnson, Teryn Tominaga, Ella Johnson, Akemi Tominaga; middle row, Deylan Okinaka, Kameron Reis, Tyler Clemens-Kailipaka; back row, coach Tyler Kubojiri, Kelsie Kobayashi, Jackson Halford, Vandey Okinaka, Karley Swain, Vanessa Ignacio,Carmen Garson-Shumway, coach Cassie Morigaki. Missing from photo: Saya Yabe, Colton Austria, Maria Calso, SheAnn Belmes,Tyler Honda, Dyson Sato, Tylan Reis, Ian McQuate, and coaches MJ and Lance Tominaga.
The Sunrise Athletics Track and Field club earned 23 medals and 10 ribbons at a Junior Olympics championship meet earlier this month at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The Big Island squad was coached by MJ Tominaga and Lance Tominaga, Lory Hunter, Cassie Morigaki, Cameron Nance, Tyler Kubojiri and Lourence Tolentino, and their athletes turned in some of the top times in the meet.
Carmen Garson-Shumway, a Hilo High School standout, outkicked her opponent on the final straightaway in the 800 meters to win in 2 minutes, 25.51 seconds, and she took second in the 1,500 meters.
In a 1,500 race in which only one second separated second and fourth place, Waiakea graduate Jackson Halford was runner-up and Waiakea junior Ian McQuate was fourth.
McQuate later claimed an uncontested 3,000.
Waiakea senior sprinter Colton Austria won silver in the 100 (11.65) and 400 (55.16).
Seventh-grader Tyler Clemens-Kailipaka showed off his speed in the sprints, capturing gold in the 200 and silver in the 100.
Meanwhile, Teryn Tominaga, and Tobi Johnson and Ella Johnson also earned medals or ribbons in their respective events
Sunrise Track Club is holding a carwash fundraiser on Sunday, June 24 from 9 am to 2 pm at Just Cruising Coffee Shop.
All donations made from the car wash will help defray the travel cost to the Junior Olympics Track & Field Meet on Oahu.
Sunrise Track Club is coached by Lance and MJ Tominaga
Come out and help some of our youth athletes and in the process have your car or truck washed.
Car Wash Fundraiser
When: June 12, 2011 from 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Just Cruising Coffee Parking Lot
Why: Funds for travel to Junior Olympics Price: $5.00 for all types of vehicles
The Sunrise Track and Field Club (under the umbrella of SUNRISE ATHLETICS) will be having a car wash fundraiser on June 12 from 9:30am-2:30pm at Just Cruising Coffee. The Summer Club consist of about 12 elementary-age athletes from DeSilva, Waiakeawaena, Waiakea Elem., Haili Christian, etc. and 40 middle and high school-aged athletes from Kea’au Middle, Waiakea Inter. and Waiakea High. Coaches Lance and MJ Tominaga are holding the car wash to defray cost for travel for youngsters from ages 7 – high school to attend the Junior Olympics Track Meet on Oahu this July 2nd.
The Tominaga’s established the track club in hopes of instilling the interest and love for running (and athletics in general, as they have a youth basketball team, too) in children at a young age. “We try to make the practices fun (especially for the elementary-aged athletes), and yet filled with learning experiences of skills needed for the sport” MJ Tominaga said.