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Honokaa’s Mosch and Greenwell tops in BIIF X-C

Tia Greenwell wins third BIIF Crown

Tia Greenwell wins third BIIF Crown

    The Honokaa boys and Hawaii Preparatory Girls ran away with team titles in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country championships held at Kamehameha on Saturday.

   Leading the way for the Dragons was Chris Mosch who captured the BIIF individual crown making it a double championship sweep for the Honokaa boys.

   Mosch, just a junior, was challenged for most of the race by Keaau’s Daniel Brooks as the duo exchanged surges in the final mile.

    “I was getting worried there for a little bit,” Mosch said after the race.  “For the most part it was me and Daniel (Brooks) and we must have exchanged five surges in the final mile.”

   During the first mile of the three mile race Mosch and Brooks were in a pack made up of HPA’s Tyler Tsubota, Makua Lani’s Dylan Hardie-Jordan and Honokaa’s Joshua Robinson.  But in the final mile it became a battle between Brooks and Mosch.

   “With about 600 yards to go I pulled away for good and I put the race away,” Mosch said.  “This was the best race I ever had because I left everything out there and I gotta thank Daniel for that.”

Keaau's Daniel Brooks
Keaau’s Daniel Brooks

Brooks, a senior wide receiver on the Cougar football team, went all out in his attempt to win the BIIF title.

   “I wanted to be the BIIF champ and I wanted to prove to myself that I could push myself,” Brooks said.  “I’m happy with the final result as it was a tight race.”

   Dragons Joshua Robinson, Chayce Moniz, and Geo Chavez-Pardinin placed fifth through seventh respectively to help Honokaa capture their third consecutive boy’s team title.  Honokaa placed fifth in the state last year. 

Coach Abner
Coach Abner

Honokaa coach, Josh Abner, was pleased with his team’s performance saying, “We work hard and it pays off.   We plan to represent the Big Island as best we can at state.”

   “We’re excited at Honokaa that all our sports teams are doing well and that the community is proud of us.  We have a good system of peer recruiting that helps us develop good runners,” Abner said.

   While the boys individual title was hotly contested the girls title was a cakewalk for Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell.

   Greenwell, a strong and talented junior who placed second in the state last year, led the race from start to finish and was never seriously challenged.

    “There were no girls near me, except in the beginning,” Greenwell said of her race.  “I was a little disappointed that I didn’t break 20 minutes which was a goal going into the race.”

   Greenwell clocked 20 minutes and 4 seconds with HPA’s Kela Vargas 38 seconds behind the winner.

   Greenwell has now won three consecutive BIIF individual championships and has not lost to a league runner since placing second in the first race of her freshman season.

   “It feels really good to have won three BIIF titles,” Greenwell said.  “I worked really hard this season and all our girls worked really hard and I’m proud of their performance.”

   But Greenwell’s victory wasn’t enough to prevent the HPA girls from winning their second BIIF team title and third in the past four years.

   Vargas, 2nd, led a barrage of talented Ka Makani harriers and was followed by freshmen Zoe Sims, 3rd, and Emily Evans, 4th.

   “This is where we should be as a team,” HPA coach Michael Franklin said.  “This is what I expected as a team, but we still have some individual goals.  It’s all about doing your best.”

   Franklin cited the many contributions made by various team members and said, “We worked really hard building a team and not just individuals.  It’s the first team that has bought into this program since I’ve been coaching.”

   The HPA, Honokaa and Hilo girl’s teams will advance to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association championships scheduled for Oct. 31 on Kauai.

   For the boy’s team scoring it was all Honokaa with the real surprise, the sleeper, Waiakea slipping into second place and Keaau taking third.

   Waiakea coach, Jordan Rosado, was surprised with his team’s runner up finish.  “They overachieved and I had no idea that they would come in second,” he said.

   All season long the Warrior boys had been in the second tier of BIIF team scoring and during the championships rose to pull an upset over the higher ranked HPA and Hilo squads.

   “I just told them prior to the race that this is the reason they run all those miles during practice,” Rosado said.  “Today they ran the race of their life.”

   Beyond the top three BIIF teams heading to Kauai will be the top 16 individual boys and 17 individual girls which were determined at the BIIF championships.

October 25, 2009 - Posted by | High School Runners, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. It will be interesting to see how they all do at State

    Comment by Jordan P Rosado | October 26, 2009 | Reply

    • I can agree with you there,i can’t wait to see there results! Good luck you guys:D

      Comment by Katrina Bath | October 26, 2009 | Reply

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