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