Wayne Joseph’s Blog

Running with the Big Dog

Vulcan Booster Luncheon profiles Volleyball and Cross Country

Hillary Hurley and Coach Reyes

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcan’s booster club hosted a luncheon at the Naniloa on Tuesday, Sept 13.

Many of the high profile coaches from the athletic department were on hand including Vulcan Athletic Director Dexter Irvin.

Volleyball coach Tino Reyes and star player Hillary Hurley were on hand to say a few words about their program.

Reyes, when asked who will be the Vulcan toughest opponent this year, jokingly said BYU China!

“I don’t think we could have beaten Hilo High at the start of last season,” Reyes said.  “We have a good volleyball team this season.”

Hurley, who is the reigning conference champion, is a senior from Redding, California and has been offered an assistant coaching position at Chico State.

The Chico State offer is for next season and with it comes the opportunity for her to continue on with graduate school.

Nadia Ramirez and Coach Guerpo

Cross Country Coach Jaime Guerpo and lead runner Nadia Ramirez also said a few words at the luncheon.

“I’m just glad I can say I’m still a cross country coach,” Guerpo said.  “Like I tell my runners, we need to take it one step at a time.”

Guerpo was talking about the lack of funding for his sport which almost saw him without the necessary funds to continue the harrier program.

Carole Kai and the Great Aloha Run stepped forward to fund his women’s team with the necessary travel funds to keep the program going this season.

Guerpo will need to fundraise in 2012 to ensure the existence of cross country at UHH.

Ramirez, an incoming freshman from Hilo High, has led the Vulcan’s during the early season meets.

“We have five freshmen on this year’s team,” Guerpo said.  “We started with seven girls and we’re down to five left on the team.”

BYU Hawaii is the top women’s team in the league and Guerpo is hopeful that his ladies will qualify for the conference championships which will be held on Oct. 29 at Grand Canyon.


September 13, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maka Mile at Keaau High on Friday, September 16 starting at 3:30 pm

Keaau’s Maka’ala Lum Ho shooting

Maka’ala Lum Ho, a muli talented athlete from Keaau High died this summer in an ocean Kayak accident.

Maka Mile will be held on the track of Keaau High starting at 3:30 pm this Friday.
The mile will run past the tennis courts, out to the gym and finish back on the track.
Maka letted in cross country, basketball and tennis for the Cougars.
The mile run is in his memory.
Cost is $20 per person and includes a tee shirt and refreshments.  Money raised from this event will go to help defray the travel cost of the Cougar cross country team
For more information contact Greg Lum Ho at:  kahakuokahale@msn.com

September 13, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , | Leave a comment

Early Bird Deadline for Hilo Marathon Nears – Limited Entries

Start of 2011 BIIM

Big Island International Marathon Early Bird Deadline

The Big Island International Marathon, half marathon and 5K races scheduled for March 18, 2012 are offering discounted rates of 25 percent to those runners and walkers who mail in their entry prior to October 1.

Entry forms are available on line at www.hilomarathon.org or by calling 969-7400.  Discount applies to Mailed in Entries only.

There are a limited number of slots for each race and all three distances of the 2011 races sold out three months before the event according to race officials.

September 13, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , | 1 Comment