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Hawai’i Prep Girls Repeat as BIIF track & field champions

Girls 100 meter hurdles

KEAAU – The Hawaii Preparatory girls went out of the blocks quickly to claim the team title while the boy’s title was up for grabs going into the final event of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation track and field championships held Saturday in Pai’ea Stadium.

Leading things off for the Ka Makani wahine was the ‘Queen of the Hurdles’ Lana Queen who started things off by winning the 100 meter hurdles.

“My hurdle coach, Lisa Wood, helped me to peak at the right time,” Queen said.  “She’s a really good coach who works us to our fullest potential.”

(HPA’s Queen later returned to the track to add an additional 8 points to the Ka Makani team total by taking second in the 300 hurdles to Konawaena’s Ua Ruedy.)

At the same time that Queen was winning the hurdle event HPA teammate, Pamela Lynn, was adding to the Ka Makani team total by winning the high jump.

“This was my personal best as I had never cleared 5-02 during a meet,” Lynn said. 

Pamela Lynn

Lynn was just coming off an ankle and knee injury and was rested prior to coming into the championships.

“I made mechanical changes to my high jump approach as I had been running too close to the bar,” Lynn said of her personal best jump.

After winning the high jump at 5-02 Lynn asked officials to raise the bar to 5-04.5 and took three unsuccessful attempts.

“This is my senior year and I wanted to take a stab at trying to set the new school record, after all it’s just a bar,” Lynn said.

Lynn also added a few more points to her team’s totals by finishing fourth in the long jump, but it was the middle and long distance runners that put the team championship away for the Ka Makani.


HPA’s Zoe Sims was dominate in the 800 and 1500 meter runs taking top honors in both to close the door on second place Konawaena.

The Wildcats made a run at the team title on the backs of super star basketball athlete Lia Galdeira and teammate Ua Ruedy.

Galdeira won the long jump and in the process established herself as the number one leaper in the state in that event by going 18-03.25.

After breaking 17 feet two weeks ago Galdeira made the bold statement that she was then shooting to eclipse 18 feet by the end of the season and the top basketball player in the state lived up to her great leaping ability.

In a battle of the freshmen it was Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway taking the lead in the 800 meter run with HPA’s Kristiana Van Pernis hanging a stride behind for the initial 600 meters.

Van Pernis made her move coming into the final turn before passing fellow 9th grader, Garson-Shumway, as both hit the finish in an incredible time of 2:23.

HPA put the icing on the cake on the final event of the day, winning the 4×400 girls relay, setting a new stadium record. 

  “Everything fell into place for us and I’m real happy for the girls,” HPA coach Pat Lau said.  “Kona put on a really good fight and they did a great job.”

The BIIF top athletes will now head to Maui for the Hawaii High School state championships on May 5 and 6.

May 1, 2011 - Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , ,

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