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Big Dog’s Girls HHSAA X-C Top 20 Predictions for 2011

Defending state champion Dakota Grossman


With cross country season about to start the Big Dog has come out with his top 20 girls in the state predictions, based on last year’s performances. 

Coaches are welcomed to give their input and please tell me if any girls have moved out of state or for some reason have decided not to run this year.  Mid season predications will come out in late September.

Punahou and HPA are expected to battle once again for the team title:

1)      Dakota Grossman (10) Seabury, the defending State Champion

2)      Kiana Smith (9) Seabury                     3)      Breanne Ball (12) Iolani

4)      Zoe Sims (11) Hawaii Preparatory     5)      Elli Brady (11) Punahou

6)       Kyleigh Mann (12) Punahou               7)      Kristiana Van Pernis (10) HPA

8)      Melissa Wong (11) Punahou                9)      Emily Evans (11)  HPA

10)  Gracie Peck (12) Seabury                    11)  Deylynn White (12) Kapolei

12)  Noe Lum (10) Punahou                         13)  Hallie Lam (10) Punahou

14)  Maile Shigemasa (10) Pearl City           15)  Jaime Durso (11) Punahou

16)  Carmen Garson-Shumway (10) Hilo     17)  Aliza Valeriano (11) Campbell

18)  Ellisa Bio (11) Baldwin                             19)  Taylor Black (12) Radford

20)  Kelsie Kobayashi (12) Waiakea             20)  Brianna Collins     Radford


August 13, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Former x-c runners attending Boston U and Harvard

Sarah & Daniel Okubo

One of the greatest joys in teaching and coaching is to see former student/athletes succeed in life. 

Twins, Sarah and Daniel Okubo, are two shinning examples of why teachers and coaches are so proud!
Both ran cross country at Waiakea and Sarah was a swimming standout, while Daniel aslo exceeded in track & field.

The twins graduated from Waiakea in 2009 with Sarah attending Boston University and Daniel is at Harvard.

“I’m majoring in Human Psychology and want to enter the medical field,” Sarah said.

Sarah continues with a regular weight training program three times per week and she swims regularly.

“I’m majoring in anthropology and will enter the medical field in community health,” Daniel said.

Daniel runs regularly on the campus of Harvard and also works as a school lifeguard.

The best thing about these two young people is that after getting their medical degrees they plan on moving back to Hilo and contributing to our community.

August 13, 2011 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , | Leave a comment