CLA Preseason Meet Shows Some Surprises
It what was to be a rebuild year, Hilo’s Coach Bill McMahon, showcased many new faces for a surprise victory at the Canefire Conditioner held on the campus of Christian Liberty Academy.
Boy’s team favorite, Honokaa, showed its front end power with Chris Mosch, Joshua Robinson, Chayce Moniz and Geo Chabez-Pardini grabbing the top positions in a scoring pair format.
Mosch ran a blistering 5 minute 5 second opening lap with Keaau’s Shannon White keeping up.
“I went out too fast, I guess with all the hype of being in first place,” White said of his opening mile.
White slowed down in his second mile clocking a 5:35 and he, along with teammate Daniel Brooks, found the third mile excruciating. “I think the BIIF (Big Island Interscholastic Federation) individual title is up for grabs with four or five of us that can win it all. I’m hoping to give it a shot,” White said.
To be able to “win it all” White and other prep harriers will have to get past Honokaa’s Chris Mosch and Joshua Robinson. “Chris and I have been training together since the end of track season in May,” Robinson said.
“We do long runs and speed workouts together and we’re going to help each other to try and win the BIIF individual title,” Robinson said.
CLA showcased two of their finest distance runners in Jeremy Grotenhuis and Richard Moylan in grabbing the seventh place position for team pairs.
Both Grotenhuis and Moylan are well known for their soccer skills and during the cross-country season will be a bright spot for the Canefire.
Grotenhuis tore his ACL during soccer camp in his sophomore year and has since recovered totally as demonstrated by his race on Saturday. “I’m very satisfied with my results today and I’m hoping I can be in the league’s top 20 during the season,” Grotenhuis said.
Teammate Richard Moylan echoed Grotenhuis’ sentiments. “We wanted to be in the top ten pairings today. It would have been easier without the rain and the mud, but we’re still happy,” he said.
In the Canefire preseason meet runners from the same schools were paired up with each other running a one mile loop around the CLA campus. “We had the pairs run in a relay format, which means that one runner runs while the other runner waits for the passing of the baton,” Coach Grotenhuis said.
Each of the pairs completed a total of six miles with each runner doing three miles. CLA then took the top four scoring pairs from each school to calculate who won the team title.
The regular BIIF cross-country season opens on Saturday with East Schools at Waiakea and West Schools visiting Kealakehe. Start times for both venues is 10 a.m. with the boys running first, followed by the girls.
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