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Big Dog’s List of State Top 10 Cross-Country Runners

Hailey Grossman, Seabury Hall

Hailey Grossman, Seabury Hall

Updated Final List at:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/big-dogs-final-hhsaa-top-10-cross-country-runners/

The following list was compiled after reviewing the results of the first three regular season cross-country meeting in all five leagues, OIA, ILH, KIL, MIL and the BIIF.

Another list will be generated at the six week mark in the season.  Your comments/suggestions are welcomed in helping to create the next list.

TOP 10 GIRLS

  1. Hailey Grossman, Seabury Hall
  2. Ellie Brady, Punahou
  3. Tialana Greenwell, Honokaa
  4. Gabriella Jenkins, Mililani
  5. Jessica Kafer, Radford
  6. Kimberly Pugliese, Mililani
  7. Heidi Nicholls, HBA
  8. Noelani Mikami, Kamehameha-Oahu
  9. Kaitlyn Chock, Waiakea
  10.  Shelila de Bourmont, Hilo   
Rocky Balala, Maui, leads pack

Rocky Balala, Maui, leads pack

TOP 10 BOYS

  1. 1. Margarito Martinez, Leileihua
  2. 2. Pierce Murphy, Island School
  3. 3. Rocky Balala, Maui
  4. 4. Jordan Thibaleau, Kamehameha-Oahu
  5. 5. Troy Esaki, Iolani
  6. 6. Isiah Sato, Kamehameha-Oahu
  7. 7. Jordan Kuhawai, Kamehameha-Oahu
  8. 8. Chris Mosch, Honokaa
  9. 9. Borys Pleskacz, Iolani
  10. 10. Daniel Brooks, Keaau 

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September 20, 2009 - Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

12 Comments »

  1. I think you need more ILH runners in there because of there times, which are low 16s.
    and the OIA also has 2 more runners both from Castle High.

    Comment by S.K. | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Itʻs very hard to compare cross country since everyone runs different courses, but if your basing it on times shouldnʻt there be at least 1 or 2 OIA guys up there? Although the recent Kualoa meet seemed to run a bit short.
    Okay well Iʻm pretty familiar with these runners, since most have made their name in cross country and many in track of the past year, but you seemed to have misspelled the Kamehameha boys names.
    And me being a fan of particularly the ILH, I know Pleskacz(Iol), Scharer(Pun), Pak(castle), Kaneko(Kam), and Hobson(Mid) have placed higher than Higa(Iol) at Kualoa. If this was only chance and you are basing it off overall performances, than Kaneko should be up there due to his first 2 weeks excellent performances. Also I do believe that Sato(Kam) has beaten Esaki(Iol) in all three of this seasons meets.
    So I think your top 10 either needs to be edited or you need to take the “The following list was compiled after reviewing the results of the first three regular season cross-country meeting in all five leagues, OIA, ILH, KIL, MIL and the BIIF.” off the top of the page because you are not only basing it off this years results, but basing it off past years results, hidden knowledge, or your own beliefs.

    (If your using results at least have the courtesy to the runners to use their names which are posted in the results, and not unknown names/languages like “Kuhawi”)

    Comment by RunningFan | September 20, 2009 | Reply

    • Good points. I appreciate the feedback. I appologize to Kuhawai for leaving the second “a” out.

      Comment by waynejoseph | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. what did you base the girls list on? if it is times posted this season you are way off base with your #3, 7, 8, 9, and 10 girls.

    Comment by I.F. | September 20, 2009 | Reply

    • The boys and girls list are my choices for who I believe are the best in the state right now. Things to consider: league, course, prior race experience and more.

      Why would you disagree with Tia Greenwell being listed as #3 is beyond me as she is the state runner-up. But that’s what people do when predictions are made.

      USC was supposed to beat Washington by a large margin yesterday – they lost. I’m sure there are kids that will surprise us on Kauai this year. That is why they hold meets.

      Comment by waynejoseph | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. How about top 5 team predictions? Also, I think you left out Keith of Mililani in the girls top ten, State champ two years ago and a definite top 10 contender as a senior.

    Comment by luv2run | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. As of today this is who id pick:

    1. Hailey Grossman, Seabury Hall
    2. Tialana Greenwell, Honokaa
    3. Jessica Kafer, Radford
    4. Gabriella Jenkins, Mililani
    5. Kimberly Pugliese, Mililani
    6. Ellie Brady, Punahou
    7. Jenna Wong, Iolani
    8. Noelani Mikami, Kamehameha-Oahu
    9. Kaitlyn Chock, Waiakea
    10. Julia Brand, Punahou

    When it comes to Oct31:

    1. Hailey Grossman, Seabury Hall
    2. Tialana Greenwell, Honokaa
    3. Jenna Wong, Iolani
    4. Jessica Kafer, Radford
    5. Kimberly Pugliese, Mililani
    6. Gabriella Jenkins, Mililani
    7. Julia Brand, Punahou
    8. Deylynn White, Kapolei
    9. Noelani Mikami, Kamehameha-Oahu
    10. Kyleigh Mann, Punahou

    As of today this is who id pick:

    1. Margarito Martinez, Leileihua
    2. Pierce Murphy, Island School
    3. Jordan Thibaleau, Kamehameha-Oahu
    4. Isiah Sato, Kamehameha-Oahu
    5. Rocky Balala, Maui
    6. Troy Esaki, Iolani
    7. Jordan Kahawai, Kamehameha-Oahu
    8. Erik Pak, Castle
    9. Borys Pleskacz, Iolani
    10. Chris Mosch, Honokaa

    I dont know enough about the boys, but i dont think it will change to much

    Comment by ILH | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. Top 10 Girls:
    1.Hailey Grossman SEA
    2.Tialana Greenwell HON
    3.Kristin Ali Keith MIL
    4.Elli Brady PUN
    5.Jenna Wonag IOL
    6.Gabriella Jenkins MIL
    7.Julia Brand PUN
    8.Sophie Curatilo
    9.Kyleigh Mann
    10.Deylynn White
    team winner-Punahou
    Boys top 10:
    1.Margarito Martinez Leilehua
    2.Pierce Murphy Island
    3.Jordan Thibodeau Kam-O
    4.Jordan Kahawai Kam-O
    5.Rocky Balala Maui
    6.Isaiah Sato Kam-O
    7.Dan Kaneko Kam-O
    8.Troy Esaki IOL
    9.Erik Pak Castle
    10.Borys Pleskacz IOL
    team winner- Kamehameha-Oahu

    In contention for boys top 10: Justin Higa IOL, Nicola Perez-Garreaud MAUI, Dylan Lee CASTLE, Kai Yoshioka ROOSEVELT, Ian Terayama PUN.

    Comment by ILH runner | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  7. ILH Runner,

    I think you will be making major adjustments to both of your top 10 lists after this weeks Punahou Invitational.
    Wait and see!

    Comment by luv2run | September 28, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Frank,
      I’m looking forward to seeing the results. thanks!

      Comment by waynejoseph | September 28, 2009 | Reply

    • luv2run,
      most likely I will have to, but for now those are my expectations. None of these are set in stone. who do you think the top 10 will be?

      Comment by ILH Runner | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  8. This list was revised on October 6 and the new list can be found at the following link:

    https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/big-dogs-revised-list-of-states-top-10-x-country-runners-2/

    Comment by Big Dog | October 6, 2009 | Reply


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