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Steve Blyth wins East Hawaii Challenge, Long, Short and Junior full Results from Hilo

East Hawaii Challenge

Held Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 in Hilo      LONG COURSE — NINE MILES

1. Steve Blyth 1:13:29  2. Thibert Lusiaa 1:13:56  3. Keakua Nolan 1:14:58

4. Jeff Silva 1:15:06  5. Nick Agorastos 1:15:19  6. Peter Olson 1:18:24

7. Puni Freitas 1:18:47  8. Afa Tuaolo 1:18:50  9. Aaron Napoleon 1:19:09

10. Chad Cabral 1:19:41  11. Gerard Pila 1:19:43  12. Trey Cox 1:20:00

13. Aaron Makaimoku 1:20:01  14. John Husak/Cheryl Villegas 1:21:12

15. Israel Gonzales/Kapua Sawyer 1:22:37  16. Grant Kojima 1:22:44  17. Theron Ogata 1:22:51

18. Jeremy Padayao 1:22:58  19. Harald Barkhoff 1:23:00  20. Ken Tanaka 1:23:56

21. Robert Olson 1:24:08  22. Ina Ynignes 1:24:43  23. Nathan Grocholski 1:24:51

24. Kaiea Cann 1:24:52  25. Tyde Spencer 1:25:28  26. Terrence Andrade 1:26:00

27. Mike Dowsett 1:26:16  28. Dane Enos 1:26:18  29. Keone Au 1:27:21

30. Freddie Berengue/Carolyn Strawn 1:29:00  31. Zack Judd 1:29:55

32. Stan Cann 1:31:01  33. Terry Neubert/Diane Neubert 1:31:06

34. Nicola Koyama 1:31:29  35. Sheila Cadaoas 1:33:11  36. Daniel Legler 1:33:31

37. Rafael Flores 1:36:07  38. Heather Kimball 1:36:46  39. Keven Rinkenbach 1:37:56

40. Christina Williams 1:42:08  41. Michael Haring 1:43:28  42. James Hanley DNF

SHORT COURSE — 5.5 MILES

1. Dallas OShaughnessy 49:18  2. Bob Bruce/Richard Everett 49:46  3. Koa Paolo 52:14

4. Stephen Arnett 52:52  5. Joe Marengi 52:56  6. Sean Arellano 53:43

7. Elrdridge Shay 54:11  8. Mel Pauole 54:21  9. Maitland Akau 54:49

10. Jonah Kalima 55:11   11. Chris Grogan 55:14  12. Leslie Woods &Teri Fomg 55:18

13. Noelani Spencer 55:26  14. Keoki Kama/Shannon Hardy 55:45  15. Jeff Clemenson 55:55

16. Ryan Tanner 56:09  17. Maile Leslie 56:35  18. Kerry Long 57:10

19. Kimberlee Rowe 57:19  20. Peter Sulliban 57:21  21. Craig Allind 57:25

22. Dave Kermott 57:31  23. Leilani Shackelford 57:46  24. Susan Lallane/Sue Shaw 57:54

25. Ryan Nakamura 58:23  26. Beverly Tuaolo 58:36  27. Kapua Christiansen 58:43

28. Kalae O’Shaughnessy 59:00  29. David Lipp 59:14  30. Michael Shintaku 59:17

31. Glen Bousquet 59:28  32. Lorrin Ching/Veronique Poli 59:29

33. Nolan Chock 59:47  34. Patricia Eames 59:54  35. Leah Winkler 59:56

36. Michelle’ Padayo 1:00:28  37. Jolene Hughes 1:01:18  38. Ron Reilly 1:01:57

39. Kolina Chao 1:02:16  40. Marty Orlando 1:02:19  41. Jennifer Tanner 1:02:24

42. Apryl Sasaki/Gena Bonaccorsi 1:02:57  43. Leslie Crawford 1:03:39

44. Shannon Au 1:03:47  45. Ilona Higgins 1:04:13  46. Tracy Lewis/Neils Christensen 1:05:20

47. Kimberly Schneider 1:05:35  48. Lloyd Van Der Car/Diana Van Der Car 1:06:32

49. Pete Hendricks 1:09:24  50. Shannon Cornwell 1:11:05  51. Catherine Shannon 1:15:18

JUNIOR RACE — TWO MILES  1. KalaI Hardy/Shannon Hardy 28:16

2. Aulike Kaiawe/Wendell Kaiawe 28:33  3. Tatelyn Spencer/Apryl Sasaki 30:13

STANDUP PADDLEBOARDS — 5.5 MILES  1. Kainoa Hauanio 1:07:10  2. David Okita 1:09:52

3. Pono Kodani 1:10:45  4. Roland Shackelford 1:11:57  5. Kanani Yockman 1:21:54

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January 27, 2012 Posted by | Canoe Racing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Island Road Runners elect new officers for 2012

Pavao

The Big Island Road Runners newly elected board  met and elected officers for 2012:  President: Steve Pavao, MHRD, Vice President: Norbert Furumo, Ph.D., Treasurer: Andrew Langtry, CPA, Secretary: Lee Colliins-Otani  Directors: Virginia Alderson and Rick Otani

 The Big Island Road Runners recently elected its slate of officers for 2012.  The new President is a long time member of the organization and a veteran runner, Steve Pavao.  Steve is the Executive Director of the Brantley Center in Honoka’a and was on the board of the BIRR from 2009-201. He was the President in 2010.  He has run over 30 marathons including Boston in 2009 and New York in 2011.  Norbert Furumo is a  UH-Hilo professor in physics and comes from a running family.  His wife Kimberly Furumo also a UH professor is an avid runner as are their children.  Andrew Langtry is a Certified Public Accountant that is new to running and training for his first marathon.  Lee Collins-Otani is a teacher at Waiakea High and is an avid runner and swimmer.  She has completed many triathlons to include the Kona Ironman.   

January 26, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | 1 Comment

BIIF Swimming and Diving Results on 1-21-12 Top 8 from Hilo Aquatic Club

Hilo Aquatic Club/Hilo HS HY-TEK’s MEET MANAGER 3.0 – 4:47 PM 1/21/2012 Page 1

BIIF Swimming & Diving – 1/21/2012                        Results

#3 Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay  BIIF League: 1:49.95$ 2002

J. Bartolome, C. Kaapu-Lyons, N. Okuna, T. Binek

2:00.79 QUAL QUALIFYING   2:07.27 CONS CONSIDERATION Team R elay Finals Time

1 HILO-HI A 1:59.47 QUAL Ichinose, Sharae K 16 Tsuha, Beth M 16  Pitoy, Shea Q 16 Carlson, Ginger H 16

2 HPA-HI A 2:02.81 CONS Nihipali, Anu H 16 Cuartero, Jellian 16

Luciani, Bhillie D 16 Parkin, Hannah C 13

3 KEAL-HI A 2:10.96 Tomlinson, Naomi A 16 Jesser, Chenoa B 16

Thomas, Anna E 16 Somsanquansit, Sarah 14

4 WHS A 2:12.54 Paulachak, Kara Ombac, Katrina Jobes, Jayna Shimizu, Rachel

#4 Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay  BIIF League: 1:40.32$ 2007

P. Greenwell, D. Coakley, N. Garrett, M. Hamilton  1:47.89 QUAL QUALIFYING

2:00.39 CONS CONSIDERATION   Team R elay Finals Time

1 WHS A 1:46.40 QUAL Kuwaye-Tamanaha, Ren Rimando, Brandon

Hu, Christopher Causey, Campbell

2 HILO-HI A 1:46.43 QUAL Weller, Kepa K 17 Kubo, Christian K 16

Kamimura, Jordan Hamane, Cody K 15

3 HPA-HI A 1:49.60 CONS Domingo, Sean F 17 Anderson, Jake M 14

Tarnas, Kulan 17 Magoon, Carson K 18

#5 Girls 200 Yard Free BIIF League: 1:54.28$ 2008 Krista Maier

2:02.63 QUAL QUALIFYING  2:05.52 CONS CONSIDERATION

Name Ag e Team Finals Time

1 Hill, Lauren WHS 2:04.50 CONS

2 Santos, Malia A 17 KEAL-HI 2:05.61

3 Jobes, Jayna WHS 2:06.71

4 Flores-Oishi, Coco WHS 2:09.15

5 Bryant-Manago, Mari s1s4a KEAL-HI 2:13.58

6 Yoshida, Erin WHS 2:15.84

7 Scholfield, Camille WHS 2:16.10

8 Rickets, Camille 17 KONA 2:20.76

#6 Boys 200 Yard Free  BIIF League: 1:44.84$ 1981 Kimo Guerrero

1:49.52 QUAL QUALIFYING  1:57.39 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Foo, Ky H 17 KEAL-HI 1:49.53 CONS

2 Hill, Adam WHS 1:52.56 CONS

3 Kohashi, Jensen WHS 2:12.28

4 Sako, Gavin WHS 2:15.12

5 Zampathes, Dimitri HON 2:15.15

6 Manzo, Daniel KEAL-HI 2:27.20

#7 Girls 200 Yard IM BIIF League: 2:09.62$ 2002 Marlene Yafuso

2:19.59 QUAL QUALIFYING 2:24.25 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Hauanio, Madison-Ga i1l 6KKEAL-HI 2:11.91 QUAL

2 Jernigan, Cara N 16 KEAL-HI 2:17.37 QUAL

3 Tsuha, Beth M 16 HILO-HI 2:17.75 QUAL

4 Ichinose, Sharae K 16 HILO-HI 2:20.26 CONS

5 Camacho, Leahi K 15 KEAL-HI 2:20.89 CONS

6 King, Akemi WHS 2:22.24 CONS

#8 Boys 200 Yard IM BIIF League: 1:59.01$ 2000 Thomas Sanford

2:06.39 QUAL QUALIFYING 2:14.47 CONS CONSIDERATION

*1 Kuwaye-Tamanaha, Ren WHS 2:03.82 QUAL

*1 Domingo, Sean F 17 HPA-HI 2:03.82 QUAL

3 Hamane, Cody K 15 HILO-HI 2:10.13 CONS

4 Hu, Christopher WHS 2:17.54

#9 Girls 50 Yard Free  BIIF League: 24.21$ 2002 Tamarah binek

25.90 QUAL QUALIFYING   26.59 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Uekawa, Madisyn WHS 24.84 QUAL

2 Hauanio, Phoenix-Cla u1d4iaK KEAL-HI 25.37 QUAL

3 Jernigan, Kelly M 18 KEAL-HI 25.91 CONS

4 Imoto, Paula KS-H 25.95 CONS

5 Somsanquansit, Sarah 14 KEAL-HI 25.98 CONS

6 Shimizu, Rachel WHS 26.55 CONS

7 Krzyska, Kiana KS-H 26.64

8 Cuartero, Jellian 16 HPA-HI 26.92

#10 Boys 50 Yard Free  BIIF League: 20.64$ 2006 Daniel Coakley

23.15 QUAL QUALIFYING    23.79 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Uy, Dane K 16 HPA-HI 22.62 QUAL

2 Williams, Quintin C 17 KEAL-HI 22.71 QUAL

3 Anderson, Jake M 14 HPA-HI 23.03 QUAL

4 Rimando, Brandon WHS 23.17 CONS

5 Causey, Campbell WHS 23.33 CONS

6 Hill, Adam WHS 23.35 CONS

7 Kamimura, Jordan HILO-HI 23.66 CONS

8 Tarnas, Kulan 17 HPA-HI 23.93

BIIF Swimming & Diving – 1/21/2012

Results

(#10 Boys 50 Yard Free)

24 Christie, Kenny C 15 HPA-HI 26.83

25 Ho, Michael R 15 HPA-HI 26.99

26 Poai, Kingston WHS 27.73

27 Kalaukoa, Isaiah KS-H 31.54

28 Zampathes, Dimitri HON 35.85

#11 Girls 100 Yard Fly  BIIF League: 57.86$ 2002 Nicole Okuna

1:03.19 QUAL QUALIFYING   1:07.49 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Camacho, Leahi K 15 KEAL-HI 1:02.51 QUAL

2 Jernigan, Kelly M 18 KEAL-HI 1:03.15 QUAL

3 Santos, Malia A 17 KEAL-HI 1:04.38 CONS

4 Luciani, Bhillie D 16 HPA-HI 1:06.03 CONS

5 Flores-Oishi, Coco WHS 1:09.51

6 Thomas, Anna E 16 KEAL-HI 1:10.49

7 Scholfield, Camille WHS 1:10.56

8 Jobes, Jayna WHS 1:11.47

#12 Boys 100 Yard Fly BIIF League: 51.59$ 2010 Logan Borowski

57.28 QUAL QUALIFYING 59.99 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Foo, Ky H 17 KEAL-HI 56.01 QUAL

2 Uy, Dane K 16 HPA-HI 57.11 QUAL

3 Hu, Christopher WHS 59.28 CONS

4 Anderson, Jake M 14 HPA-HI 1:01.46

5 Gonzales, Aaron WHS 1:04.59

#13 Girls 100 Yard Free BIIF League: 53.29$ 2004 Tamarah Binek

56.31 QUAL QUALIFYING   58.81 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Tsuha, Beth M 16 HILO-HI 53.46 QUAL

2 Uekawa, Madisyn WHS 53.51 QUAL

3 Hauanio, Madison-Ga i1l 6KKEAL-HI 54.30 QUAL

4 Hauanio, Phoenix-Cla u1d4iaK KEAL-HI 56.08 QUAL

5 Shimizu, Rachel WHS 56.21 QUAL

6 Jernigan, Cara N 16 KEAL-HI 56.59 CONS

7 Imoto, Paula KS-H 56.63 CONS

8 Somsanquansit, Sarah 14 KEAL-HI 58.04 CONS

#14 Boys 100 Yard Free  BIIF League: 46.79$ 2007 Daniel Coakley

51.13 QUAL QUALIFYING   53.15 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Causey, Campbell WHS 50.44 QUAL

2 Rimando, Brandon WHS 51.08 QUAL

3 Hill, Adam WHS 51.26 CONS

4 Bisel, Ryan K 15 HILO-HI 51.37 CONS

5 Tarnas, Kulan 17 HPA-HI 51.66 CONS

6 Williams, Quintin C 17 KEAL-HI 51.72 CONS

7 Kubo, Christian K 16 HILO-HI 51.95 CONS

8 Weller, Kepa K 17 HILO-HI 53.92

#15 Girls 500 Yard Free  BIIF League: 5:03.28$ 2008 Krista Maier

5:27.69 QUAL QUALIFYING   5:40.09 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Camacho, Leahi K 15 KEAL-HI 5:28.31 CONS

2 King, Akemi WHS 5:29.90 CONS

3 Hill, Lauren WHS 5:33.47 CONS

4 Jobes, Jayna WHS 5:34.32 CONS

5 Santos, Malia A 17 KEAL-HI 5:44.38

6 Bryant-Manago, Mari s1s4a KEAL-HI 6:08.68

7 Jesser, Chenoa B 16 KEAL-HI 6:18.42

8 Ongais, Kayla M 17 HILO-HI 6:19.60

#16 Boys 500 Yard Free  BIIF League: 4:49.28$ 1980 Kimo Guerrero

5:05.09 QUAL QUALIFYING    5:22.58 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Foo, Ky H 17 KEAL-HI 4:52.35 QUAL

2 Domingo, Sean F 17 HPA-HI 5:03.51 QUAL

3 Kamimura, Jordan HILO-HI 5:03.64 QUAL

4 Sako, Gavin WHS 5:57.90

5 Manzo, Daniel KEAL-HI 6:39.31

#17 Girls 200 Yard Free Relay  BIIF League: 1:40.71$ 2002W. Nekoba, N. Okuna, M. Yafuso, T. Binek

1:46.39 QUAL QUALIFYING   1:53.10 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 KEAL-HI A 1:41.23 QUAL Hauanio, Madison-Gail K 16 Jernigan, Cara N 16

Jernigan, Kelly M 18 Hauanio, Phoenix-Claudia K 14

2 HILO-HI A 1:45.57 QUAL  Pitoy, Shea Q 16 Tsuha, Beth M 16

Ichinose, Sharae K 16 Carlson, Ginger H 16

3 HPA-HI A 1:47.74 CONS  Cuartero, Jellian 16 Parkin, Hannah C 13

Luciani, Bhillie D 16 Nihipali, Anu H 16  4 KS-H A 1:49.67 CONS

Imoto, Paula Plunkett, Kawai  Trusdell, Acacia Krzyska, Kiana

5 KONA A 2:10.34 Rickets, Camille 17 Linden, Cameron 14

Lugo, Miranda 15 Albrecht, Sarah

#18 Boys 200 Yard Free Relay  BIIF League: 1:29.35$ 2010

K. Nakachi, K. Katase, R. Ross, L. Borowski

1:37.29 QUAL QUALIFYING   1:43.11 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 KS-H A 1:38.12 CONS Higa, Jacy Akao, Jed Paulino, La’a Hulse, Cooper

2 HILO-HI A 1:39.41 CONS Bisel, Ryan K 15 Hamane, Cody K 15

Orr, Patrick Kubo, Christian K 16

#19 Girls 100 Yard Back BIIF League: 59.59$ 2012 Madison-Gail Hauanio

1:04.09 QUAL QUALIFYING 1:08.00 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Hauanio, Madison-Ga i1l 6KKEAL-HI 1:01.32 QUAL

2 Ichinose, Sharae K 16 HILO-HI 1:02.16 QUAL

Hilo Aquatic Club/Hilo HS HY-TEK’s MEET MANAGER 3.0 – 4:47 PM 1/21/2012 Page 3

BIIF Swimming & Diving – 1/21/2012 Results   (#19 Girls 100 Yard Back)

3 Kawakami, Kasey WHS 1:04.52 CONS

4 Jernigan, Kelly M 18 KEAL-HI 1:06.89 CONS

5 Hauanio, Phoenix-Cla u1d4iaK KEAL-HI 1:07.15 CONS

6 Paulachak, Kara WHS 1:07.89 CONS

7 Parkin, Hannah C 13 HPA-HI 1:08.10

8 Twigg-Smith, Hannah 1R5 HPA-HI 1:08.86

#20 Boys 100 Yard Back  BIIF League: 53.57$ 2010 Kaikea Nakachi

58.59 QUAL QUALIFYING  1:02.69 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Uy, Dane K 16 HPA-HI 58.57 QUAL 2 Kuwaye-Tamanaha, Ren WHS 59.04 CONS

3 Bisel, Ryan K 15 HILO-HI 59.71 CONS 4 Weller, Kepa K 17 HILO-HI 1:06.67

5 Mendes, Lance WHS 1:06.70 6 Sako, Gavin WHS 1:17.14

7 Christie, Kenny C 15 HPA-HI 1:17.97 8 Poai, Kingston WHS 1:23.11

#21 Girls 100 Yard Breast BIIF League: 1:05.77$ 2012 Madisyn Uekawa

1:12.29 QUAL QUALIFYING 1:14.67 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Jernigan, Cara N 16 KEAL-HI 1:10.10 QUAL

2 Nihipali, Anu H 16 HPA-HI 1:13.72 CONS

3 Pitoy, Shea Q 16 HILO-HI 1:14.55 CONS

4 Hill, Lauren WHS 1:15.27  5 Torigoe, Katie WHS 1:18.57

6 Thomas, Anna E 16 KEAL-HI 1:19.94  7 Wyrick, Sarina 14 SJS 1:21.21

8 Jesser, Chenoa B 16 KEAL-HI 1:23.15

#22 Boys 100 Yard Breast BIIF League: 58.61$ 2010 Peter Chi

1:05.19 QUAL QUALIFYING  1:07.73 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 Rimando, Brandon WHS 1:03.28 QUAL

2 Domingo, Sean F 17 HPA-HI 1:03.69 QUAL

3 Hamane, Cody K 15 HILO-HI 1:03.93 QUAL

4 Causey, Campbell WHS 1:04.93 QUAL

5 Kamimura, Jordan HILO-HI 1:07.36 CONS

6 Anderson, Jake M 14 HPA-HI 1:07.81

7 Tarnas, Kulan 17 HPA-HI 1:08.39

8 Williams, Quintin C 17 KEAL-HI 1:09.42

#23 Girls 400 Yard Free Relay  BIIF League: 3:41.82$ 2001

M. Rivera, T. Binek, M. Yafuso, N. Okuna  3:56.19 QUAL QUALIFYING

4:15.99 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 WHS A 3:47.49 QUAL Shimizu, Rachel Kawakami, Kasey

King, Akemi Uekawa, Madisyn

2 KEAL-HI A 3:55.71 QUAL Santos, Malia A 17 Somsanquansit, Sarah 14

Bryant-Manago, Marissa K 14Camacho, Leahi K 15

3 KS-H A 4:04.74 CONS

Krzyska, Kiana Plunkett, Kawai Trusdell, Acacia Imoto, Paula

4 WHS B 4:43.15 Belcher, Carly Flores-Oishi, Coco

Kamahele, Dacey Shinde, Courtney    — HILO-HI B X4:36.91

#24 Boys 400 Yard Free Relay BIIF League: 3:18.74$ 2007

N. Garrett, I. Cristobal, M. Hamilton, D.Coakley

3:33.89 QUAL QUALIFYING   3:52.06 CONS CONSIDERATION

1 KS-H A 3:46.67 CONS Higa, Jacy Paulino, La’a Akao, Jed Hulse, Cooper

2 WHS A 3:47.02 CONS Gonzales, Aaron Sako, Gavin Peng, Patrick Sako, Dane

January 25, 2012 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Waiakea Wrestling Coaches trying to fly under the Radar

WHS coach

Stealth was the key word at Waiakea as the Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestling season continued on Saturday, with the public school Warriors trying to avoid detection of their talented team.

“We’re trying to fly under the radar and not let the other schools know what we have,” Warrior coach Preston Sato said.Waiakea is the defending boy’s team champion in BIIF wrestling, but are attempting to disguise what they might have as the season heads into its final weeks.

“We continue the coaching philosophy of our former coach, Patrick Marquart, who believed in discipline and the entire program is modeled after him.” Sato said,Marquart coached the Warriors from 1996 to 2001 according to Sato and Coach Sato along with assistant coach, Nick Galloway, wrestled for the legendary Warrior coach.Galloway, a 2003 and Sato, a 2001 graduate of Waiakea have both returned to continue as mentors.

“Coach Marquart always helped us become better wrestlers and as a result become better people in life,” Galloway said.  “He had a great program which we try to emulate today.”Haraguichi

“We carry 16 boys and 7 girls and defending the league title will be a lot tougher this season, Coach Stan Haraguchi said.  “It will come down to who wants it more, who works the hardest and who has the fewest injuries.”MaglintiLeading the Warrior boys is senior Jordan Maglinti at 152 pounds who won his opening match against a Pahoa opponent by a score of 11-1.“I haven’t lost a match this season as I go for just the basic moves of double leg and half nelson,” Maglinti said. “I’m not a great wrestler, I’m just okay and all these other kids work hard too.”Despite his undefeated BIIF season Maglinti, a senior, believes that he needs to work harder at practice to be able to contend for the league championship.“I just want to wrestle as hard as I can and if I win or lose it doesn’t matter, as long as I tried my best,” he said. Ikehara

Also flying under the radar for Waiakea is Alan Ikehara a tenth grader in his first year of wrestling.

Ikehara, 140, won his opening match against a Hawaii Preparatory Academy opponent by putting him in a half then pressing his weight down to get the second round pin.

“I took him down in the first period then put him in a reverse leading into the half,” Ikehara said.  “My double leg take down works well, but I still need to work on the single leg.”

Ikehara, a surfer, goes into every match with a positive attitude as his dad; a former high school wrestler encouraged him to enter the sport.

“I go onto the mat to try to win every match and I always try to do the best that I can,” he said,

Keoni Rice, at 135, adds to the Waiakea firepower and remains undefeated in league competition.

“I’m 7-0 and today I bumped up to 140 for better competition,” Rice said.  “I try to take advantage of my opponent’s weaknesses and faults.”

Rice, a junior, ran cross country during the off season and believes the transition to wrestling has helped.

“Cross country has helped me stay in shape and develop more stamina,” he said.  “Wrestling also helped my running because of the high intensity of the sport.”

Louis

For the Warrior girls there is no hiding Tanalei Louis who comes in as the state runner up at 125 pounds and is undefeated in BIIF competition.

Louis faced stiff opposition in Kamehameha’s Noelle Pohina and used a barbed wire move to secure the pin in the second period to move her league record to 15-0.   The two combatants had faced each other last season for the BIIF championships with Louis again coming out on top.

“Everything is going as planned at this point in the season,” Louis said.  “Noelle probably gave me my toughest match so far this season.”

Louis has never been in serious trouble this season as she has fluctuated between 125 and 130 pound weight divisions.

“My dad helps me a lot in my wrestling as he wrestled for Hilo High when he was in high school,” Louis said.  “My dad is my biggest supporter and I appreciate his always being there for me.”

Waiakea Teammate Skye Matsuura, 120, dropped a close match to Kamehameha’s Phoebe Oda by a score of 10 to 4.  The loss dropped the sophomore to a 3-4 season record

“My mom made me come out for wrestling as she is a black belt in judo,” Matsuura said.  “I’m glad I joined as I like it now as it is a good sport.”

Matsuura believes she still needs to work on building muscle and getting in better shape.

“I need to work on my cardio and my staying in position before matches,” Matsuura said.  “My stand up works good as I fight for hand control.”

Waiakea hosted the day long all schools meet which showcased some of the best wrestlers on the island

“It’s very difficult to coach and host a wrestling tournament,” Coach Stan Haraguichi said.  “Fortunately I have a good staff and great kids.”

BIIF action continues on Saturday with a East meet at Hilo and the West meet at HPA.  Both venues begin at 10 am.

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island, Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sandy Vos wins 2-mile run with an adopt me dog from Rainbow Friends

Vos with rescue dog

Sometimes it’s unusual circumstances that bring people together and with part time Volcano resident Sandy Vos nothing could be truer.

I recently met Vos at the Howling Holidays run/walk in Paradise Park as she was walking to the starting line with a dog that had a bandana wrapped around it that said, “Adopt me.”

Vos, who was offered to walk with a dog by Rainbow Friends, had just met her animal moments before stepping up to the starting line.

“Rainbow Friends gave me a lovely young female that had been found badly injured on the side of the road near Volcano,” Vos said.

Vos believes the dog was a hunting animal that was mangled by a wild pig and then left to die.

Rainbow Friends had nursed the dog back to health and Vos was about to take her on a one mile walk before changing her mind.

“I didn’t plan to run her in the two mile race, but she had so much energy and I knew she wanted to go,” Vos said.  “I’ve never ran with a dog before but always wanted to do that. It was so much fun for the both of us.”

The decision by Vos to enter the two mile competitive race proved to pay big dividends.  They found themselves leading the race from start to finish and eventually winning in a time of 18 minutes and 50 seconds.

“She didn’t want to stop running and seemed to know exactly what to do,” Vos said.  “as she had an easy time keeping up as we went up and down the gravel road.” 

The dog was named Sheila, after the lady that found her, according to Vos. 

Sandy Vos

“I saw Sheila a few hours after the race and she couldn’t keep her eyes open, she was so tired,” Vos said.

As it turned out Vos comes to Hilo on a regular bases to take a break from her job as a pipeline engineer in Houston.

“I work long hours, often sitting at a desk, and after work I love to run to relieve the stress and stiffness from not moving much all day,” Vos said.

During the summer heat in Houston Vos will run on a treadmill.

“It gets so hot there that I have to join a gym to run in the summer,” she said.  “I just come to Hawaii for holidays, where it’s easy to run all year round.”

In high school her sport of choice was golf as she considers herself too short for team sports.

A typical workout week for Vos is to run 20 to 30 minutes four or five times during the week, unless she is training for a marathon which requires more time on the road.

“The year I trained for my first marathon and I ran over 800 miles during my 10 month training period,” she said.  “I know, because I kept a log of all my runs.”

Vos’ first marathon was in 2006 when she ran the prestigious New York City Marathon.

Her training mileage paid off as she ran an impressive 3 hours 56 minutes.

“The NYC Marathon was definitely my favorite race, being the first Big One I had done,” she said.  “The people were fantastic all along the route and it was so easy to stay motivated even though it was the most difficult run I’ve ever done.”

Vos caught the marathon running bug and went onto to do the granddaddy of all marathons, Boston, a few months later.

“The weather in Boston was cold and wet and there was a strong wind in my face coming off the Atlantic most of the route,” Vos said.  “It was not much fun at all as I didn’t even break four hours.”

Since the Boston experience Vos has decided to hang up her marathon shoes and run for fitness.

“I want to keep fit, healthy and not gain weight,” she said.

To insure that she stays in great shape Vos will watch what she eats.

“I never eat fast food or junk food and rarely eat out,” she said.  “My favorite meal is a BBQ’d steak (rare) baked potato, green salad and a glass or 2 or good red wine.”

Vos will try to eat simple meals and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

“My weakness is French food,” Vos said.  “The French are very healthy people, they say it’s because of all the good food and red wine they eat and drink.”

At times this hardworking young woman will have to dig deep to do her workouts.

“It’s sometimes hard to get motivated to go every second day, but I know how good I’ll feel when the run is over,” she said.  “Also I like to run with music, something with a good beat.”

Vos is also an advocate for what  Rainbow Friends do for their animals.

“Rainbow Friends is a wonderful sanctuary,” she said.  “Their dogs and cats are well socialized and waiting to be adopted to good homes.  They also have a foster program if people are not able to adopt permanently.  I foster a sweet 3 legged cat that lives with me when I’m on the island.”

People interest in adopting an animal or participating in the Rainbow Friends foster program should call Mary Rose or one of her hard working volunteers at 982-5110.

Vos is a believer in living a healthy lifestyle and exercise is an important aspect of her well being.

“There is something about running,” she said.  “It gives me such a wonderful, mellow feeling when I’m finished.”

And someday should you happen to see an animal lover jogging the back roads of Hawaiian Paradise Park remember to smile, say “woof” and “Never shy away from Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

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