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Running with the Big Dog

Sims wins gold, Winters & Chung get bronze, HHSAA track championships


Ka Makani Zoe Sims came up with a gold medal of her own winning the 1500 meter run in convincing fashion and returned to the track later to take second in the 400 dash.

“The 1500 is my favorite race and I just love to run,” Sims said shortly after winning the gold medal.  “The 400 is just for fun and I worked hard all season so this was the payoff for all the hard work.”

The adrenaline rush accounted for some remarkable performances by BIIF track and field athletes competing on Maui as several personal best performances were achieved during the finals held on Saturday.


Waiakea’s Travis Winters went an incredible four inches higher in the high jump to come away with a third place medal and credits adrenaline for his accomplishment.

“I was really pumped during the finals,” Winters said after clearing 6-02.  “I only started practicing the high jump about a month ago and 5-10 was the highest I’ve ever cleared in competition.”

Winters easily cleared 6 feet on his first attempt and watched as many of the state’s best began to drop out of the competition.

“I was a little nervous coming into the championships, but as I saw the other guys start to drop out my confidence began to rise and I started to get really pumped,” he said.

Winters managed to clear 6-02 on his third and final attempt before dropping out on three tries at 6-04.

“I’m really happy with my performance and I think I have a chance to medal in the long jump as well,” he said.

While Winters was winning a state medal in the high jump on Friday, across the field the finals in the girls pole vault was taking place with Hilo’s Shina Chung trying to improve on her fifth place finish from last year.


Chung, the three time BIIF girl’s pole vault champion, was using a larger pole to see if she could compete with the state’s best.

“My coach, Sherman Viernes, told me he wanted me on a 140 pound pole and I only got to practice on it for two and a half days,” Chung said.  “The pole was way bigger than anything I’ve ever used before, but I’m glad I took my coaches advice.”

Chung sat out for the initial jumps and came into the competition at 9 feet and eventually cleared 10-06 to finish in a tie for third place.

“I was really nervous today because of the new pole and I waited as the bar was started at 7-06 and increased by six inches each time,” she said.

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May 8, 2011 - Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , ,

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