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Perry, Marrick win Wedeman Memorial 5-miler

Sally Marrick and Lyman Perry clown around with host Joe Wedemann following 5-mile event

    “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal,” Albert Pike wrote.

   Pike’s words captured the essence of what volunteers give to their community.  Each year thousands of Big Island residents give of their time, in a variety of ways, to help others.

   Numerous organizations exist simply to lend a helping hand to our community and to those who are less fortunate.

   This past Saturday the Big Island Road Runners held their fourth annual Emily Wedeman Memorial 5-mile run to honor a woman that gave unselfishly to the running community.

   “One of her biggest passions in Hawaii was volunteering at the fun runs and cheering everyone on,” son Joseph Wedemann said.  “She helped out with T-shirts at the Big Island Marathon and everything from registration to bringing baked goods for the fun runs.  I think it made her feel important and needed.”

  Wedemann was on hand Saturday morning and said a few words of appreciation to the BIRR members and participants prior to the race.

  At the 8 am start it was Volcano’s Lyman Perry jumping out to the early lead as he increased the margin with every mile.

   Perry, who is preparing to run in the prestigious Boston Marathon on April 19, was out to keep a sub 6-minute per mile pace with no one around to keep up with him.

   “I was just trying to get in a good workout,” Perry said after the race.  “I wanted to get in a fast series of sub 6-minute miles prior to leaving for Boston on Wednesday.

   Perry accomplished his mission and clocked in with a winning 5-mile time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.

    “This will be my seventh Boston Marathon and it is a home coming of sorts for me as my family lives in the Boston area,” he said.  “Today I felt good and strong, but it was difficult running alone.”

   Trailing Perry, and in second place, was BIRR club official Steve Pavao who finished in a time of 34:02.  In third was former Waiakea High cross-country star Tchad-Tu Henderson who clocked in at 36:02.


“I wanted to come out and do a race so that I can stay in shape,” Henderson said.  “I like doing a variety of fitness activities and running in races is a good way for me to stay motivated and have fun at the same time.”

   The battle for fourth was between 61-year old D.J. Blinn and estate attorney Paul Booth.  Blinn’s lean at the finish gave him the edge as the senior citizen clocked 37:12 with Booth one second behind.

   For the ladies it was Sally Marrack running with the men and finishing third overall in a fantastic time of 35:44.  Like Perry, Marrick found herself in a league of her own as the well known distance runner finished nearly seven minutes ahead of the women’s runner up.

  Kim Rojo took second for the ladies in 42:35 with Kamehameha wrestling and track & field champion Kaopua Sutton taking third at 47:55.

   Sutton later participated in a high school track meet at Kamehameha where she is one of the state leaders in the discus throw.

   “This is my senior year at Kamehameha and I needed to get in a community run as part of the requirement for graduation,” Sutton said.  “Now I need to get to school for the start of today’s track meet.”

   Marrick, who has finished in the top 10 of women’s competition for the Big Island Marathon for the past two years, enjoyed the chance to come out and run in the Wedeman 5-miler.

   “I ran this race last year and had a good time,” women’s winner Sally Marrick said after the race.  “It’s a nice chance for me to run with a few friends and socialize.”

   “This wasn’t my fastest race as I have been busy with work, so I haven’t trained as hard as I could,” Marrick said.  “But we do what we can at certain times of the year.”

  At the post race ceremonies the Wedemann family provided an assortment of refreshments to all the participants and volunteers.

   “I’m very appreciative to the Big Island Road Runners for keeping this race going in honor of my mother,” Wedemann said.  “I like that it’s a 5-mile run, rather than the traditional 5K (3.1-miles) as this is more challenging and something different.”

   Wedemann made it to the starting line of Saturday’s event after finishing his shift as a Hawaii County Firefighter and ran in the race, finishing in 8th place overall.

   “My running hasn’t been that good as of late as I’ve been nursing a pulled hamstring,” he said.

“But I had a great time coming out this morning as everything turned out perfectly.”


April 12, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The King of the Hurdles Returns – joined by Silva, Nakoa & Campbell

Jacob Edwards

KEAAU – The King is back!  Kau’s Jacob Edwards, a.k.a. “The King of the Hurdles” returned to the track this past Saturday at Kamehameha for the first time this season and showed why he is the best in the state.

   In his first event since straining his hamstring two weeks ago Edwards dazzled the crowd with his perfection, speed and grace in the 110-meter hurdles to win in a state best time 14.48 seconds.  In the process Edwards also eclipsed his own Paiea Stadium record set in 2009 of 14.85.

   “It’s good to be able to run again,” Edwards said.  “I was getting all anxious during the first two weeks of the season as I needed to rest my hamstring.”

   Edwards is the defending state champion in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles and looked to be in peak performance as he reclaimed the top times in both events in the state.

   During the 300 hurdles Edwards blasted out of the blocks, like a rocket, and distanced himself from a talented field of athletes to glide, effortlessly and win in 39.24 seconds breaking Kekoa Chavez stadium record of 40.28 set in 2005.

   After his record setting day Edwards was all business as he analyzed and critiqued his performance on the track.

   “I need to work at getting a better start out of the blocks as I wasn’t happy with my 110 start,” he said.  “I hope to improve and I think I can go faster in both events.

  The Trojan super star was also busy making state qualifying distances in the long and triple jumps. Edwards Leaped 21’ 2.25” for second place in the long while hitting 44’ 1.5” claiming first place in the triple.

   “I’m hoping I can surpass 47 feet in the triple this year,” Edwards said.  “I can’t wait until next week.”

   While Edwards was making his Big Island Interscholastic Federation season debut Kamehameha’s Kana Silva was making a debut of his own.

Kana Silva

The Warrior senior, who is best known for his running back skills on the football field, made his first ever appearance in the 100 meter dash.

  With over 70 boys entered in the 100 seeding officials broke the large group into 9 heats with those like Silva, who had not logged an official time, going in the earlier, unseeded heats.

  Running in the second heat Silva disappeared from his competition right from the start and crossed the finish line well ahead of his heat in a BIIF best time of 11.13 seconds.

  The closest times in the league came from teammate Kaenen Akau who clocked 11.30 and Keaau’s Jesse Huihui at 11.31.

  “I didn’t run track last year and during the first two weeks of the season I was playing rugby for the Hilo Reign,” Silva said.

   “My Dad has been helping me train and I’ve been doing a lot of leg strengthening and speed work,” he said.  “My goal is to try to get under 11 seconds.”

   With two of the fastest sprinter in the BIIF in Silva and Akau the Warrior 4×100 relay team ran a winning 43.92 second state qualifying time beating a good Keaau squad by nearly 2 seconds.

  Silva was to run in the 200 meter dash later in the day, but during his long jump effort strained his hamstring and decided to sit out the rest of the day’s competition.

Ku’uipo Nakoa

   If Edwards is the “King” of BIIF track then Ku’uipo Nakoa has to be its “Queen.”

  The Hawaii Prep senior has turned everything she has entered into gold and the big surprise on Saturday was when she entered the 100 hurdles, an event that she has never tried prior to two weeks ago.

   “I went to Oahu to run in a meet and trained at Roosevelt High School track,” Nakoa said.  “One of the coaches there asked me to try the hurdles and I practiced it for two days, and then tried it during the Iolani meet.”

   At Kamehameha on Saturday it was Nakoa winning the 100 hurdles in a state qualifying time of 16.10 seconds.  A week earlier, at Konawaena, Nakoa ran 15.6 seconds and is currently ranked number 2 in the state for that event.

   “I don’t practice hurdles and I know I need a lot of work,” she said after the meet. 

    Nakoa, the state champion in the long jump, currently has the best distance at 18 feet and is listed as number 2 in the state for the triple jump when she leaped 35 feet 10 inches on Saturday.

   The multi talented Ka Makani is also ranked #6 in the state for the 100 meter dash and #11 for the 400 dash.

   “I’m trying to decide what to focus on as I know I want to do the long, triple, 100 hurdles and 100 dash, but I need to decide between the 300 hurdles and 400,” Nakoa said.

Mindy Campbell

Ka Makani teammate, Mindy Campbell, the defending state high jump champion has been consistently jumping at 5’ 2” and higher all season.  Campbell is currently ranked #1 in the state with a height of 5’ 4”.

   “My personal best is 5’4” which I did last year and again this season,” Campbell said.  “I need to focus on my strength and maintain my form in order to go higher.”

   “I hoping to go 5’ 6” and I’ll work on altering my approach,” she said. 

   The BIIF regular season continues this Saturday with an all-schools meet at Konawaena.  The meet will being at 9:15 a.m. with the girls and boys 3000 meter run.

April 12, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment