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Waiakea Boys Win First track & field team title since 1997

Grant Uekawa, Colton Austria, Keoni Rice & Stephen McAuliffe

Congratulations to the Waiakea boys track & field team for winning their first Big Island Interscholastic Federation team title since 1997.

Coaches Lance and Mary Jane Tominaga, both former Waiakea students and athletes, brought their team along well and peaked them at the right time.
 The race for the boy’s team title changed hands all afternoon and with the final two events only 4 points separated Keaau from Waiakea with defending team champion Kamehameha trailing by 19.

The big scorers for the Cougars came from Jesse Huihui and teammate Alex Engdahl.

Huihui finished second in the 100 and third in the 200 while Engdahl took fourth in the 100 and 200 and captured second in the 300 hurdles.

“I just didn’t come ready today,” Huihui said.  “I thought I could have won the 100 and 200, but I wasn’t well prepared.”

Alex Engdahl

Huihui had missed two weeks prior to the championships with a strained knee and was unhappy with his overall performance and needed to drop out of the 4×400 relay.

Five points separated Waiakea from Keaau going into the final event as the Warriors needed to finish in third place to capture the team title.

 “Hopefully I can help my team in the relay,” Engdahl said prior to the event.  “Our coach asked a lot from us and I’m getting nervous, but I’ll give it the best that I can.”

Waiakea needed a third place relay finish on the final event to capture the team title and the Warriors finished in second to edge out the Cougars by seven points.

“Our coach told us we needed to finish in second to have a chance at winning the team title,” lead relay runner Grant Uekawa said.  “I had to get our team out as far as I could to have a chance.”

Waiakea’s anchor, Stephen McAuliffe, took the baton on the final leg in a cluster of runners and knew what he had to do to secure the team victory – the first for Waiakea since the mid 90’s.

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