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Kamehameha Invitational Cross Country the “Premier” girls race in State

Girls start at Kamehameha Invitational

.KEAAU – Some of the best girls cross country runners in the state and in the nation laced up their shoes and participated in the three mile Kamehameha Invitational meet this past Saturday.

Anna Maxwell, ranked 18th in the nation by Mile Split, ran away with the race in a blistering time of 17 minutes and 54 seconds.

Maxwell, a sophomore from San Lorenzo High School in California, was challenged by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association defending state champion, Dakota Grossman from Seabury Hall on Maui.

“This is a great course as I’m used to lots of hills,” Maxwell said.  “I don’t usually get to run on grass, so this was special for me as the course made the race fun.”

Grossman, also a sophomore, clocked in at 18:40 and had high praise for the level of competition at the invitational.

“This is a tough course with great competition,” Grossman said.  “I ran a personal best for this course and one of my goals coming in was to get under 19 minutes.”

Garson-Shumway

Mainland schools dominated the race and the Big Island Interscholastic Federation first girl to cross the finish line was Hilo’s Carmen Garson Shumway, tenth overall, and another sophomore.

“I was really surprised that I was the first girl from the BIIF,” Garson Shumway said.  “I went out faster than normal because of the competition, but still ran my own race.”

Garson Shumway had high praise for the newly designed course.

“This has always been my favorite course and now with the added hills it’s even better,” she said.  “I like the up and down that the hills provide and I’m very happy with my overall results.”

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Mariah Haight was the second harrier for the BIIF, finishing 13th overall.

Mariah Haight 

“Those California girls are really good and I just tried to keep my own pace and run my own race,” Haight said.  “I think I could have done better as Coach told us to run the first mile hard and finish the last half mile all out.”

In the boy’s varsity race it was the California schools grabbing the top five overall finishes with the BIIF top runners Kamehameha’s Shawn Correa Doll, St. Joseph’s Andrew Langtry, and Waiakea’s Jackson Halford finishing sixth through eighth respectively.

Correa Doll was a big surprise as the Warrior senior was in ninth after the first mile and needed to catch Langtry and Halford to move up in the standings.

“I had the advantage in running this course as this is where we practice each day,” Correa Doll said.  “I tried to conserve on my first mile by running it in 5:08 as I knew the race would come down to the final two miles.”

Correa Doll ran a smart race and it paid dividends in the end as he finished number one amongst BIIF runners, something that has never happened during his cross country career.

“I was hoping to come in first for BIIF runners today,” he said.  “I knew Jackson (Halford) went out too fast and I tried telling him during the race to slow up and relax.”

Halford’s quick start was a test, of sorts, and a lesson learned.

“I went out too fast, trying to keep up with the California guys,” Halford said.  “It cost me, as I really don’t like this course at all as they made it even harder.”

Even though Halford was passed near the end by both Correa Doll and Langtry, he remained optimistic about the overall race.

“I’m glad I got to practice on here as this is where the BIIF championships will be held,” Halford said.  “I’m really pleased that the California guys came as their presence helped push me to a higher level.”

San Lorenzo’s Nick Hicks won the boys varsity competition with a time 16 minutes 16 seconds.

San Lorenzo Valley swept the boys and girls team titles with Waiakea taking second for the boy’s varsity and Whittier Christian second for the girl’s varsity with HPA taking third for the ladies.

HPA coach Michael Franklin was also pleased with the level of competition as it proved to be a good test for his girls. 

“The Kamehameha Invitational has to be the premier girls Invitational in the State of Hawaii,” Franklin said.  “I’m thankful that the California girls were here as this makes us a lot better.  It was also fun to see our Big Island kids do well.”

Prior to the varsity races were the open races which saw the boys from Waiakea win the team title to a jubilant Warrior Coach Jordan Rosado.

“I think the hard work that our boys are putting in during practice is paying off,” Rosado said.  “I’m glad they won the team title as they deserve it.”

The BIIF cross country season takes a bye next Saturday before resuming action with an all schools meet at Waiakea on September 24 with the boys starting at 10 am followed by the girl’s race.

September 12, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Warrior pairs take season opener at Canefire Conditioner – BIIF cross country

Girls winners, Rasse with baton and Kobayashi

KEAAU-Warrior pairs took center stage on the opening day of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross country season on the campus of Christian Liberty Academy.

“This is the sixth year that we’ve hosted the BIIF season opener with the Canefire Conditioner,” CLA Coach Frank Grotenhuis said.

Grotenhuis format requires schools to pair their runners, with each doing three alternating one mile legs.

Each pair completed a total of six miles with each runner doing three miles.  Canefire officials took the top four scoring pairs from each school to calculate who won the team title.

“Each year we’ve hosted the race the course has been changed slightly to accomadate our growing campus,” Grotenhuis said.

A total of nine BIIF schools participated at CLA, zigzagging their way around the open expanse this past Saturday.

“We have 89 pairs of boys and one individual entered in today’s race,” Grotenhuis said.  “It is the largest field we have ever had.”

Jackson & Rice

Two pairs of Warrior boys claimed top honors with Waiakea’s Jackson Halford and Keoni Rice taking first and Kamehameha’s Shawn Correa Doll and Maka’ala Cruz second.

In the early going the lead exchanged hand with Honokaa’s Robert Conners and Chayce Moniz, along with Parkers Jesse Tarnas and Paul Gregg going out fast while Kamehameha chased in third and Waiakea in fourth.

“We decided to run relaxed in the first leg of the race as we knew everyone else would be going out quickly,” Rice said.  “We had a strategy and were just happy we could be in the top 10 after the first mile.”

“The idea was for us to run our last mile hard and see if we could finish in the top 5 overall,” Jackson said.  “Things worked out better than we had hoped.”

Correa Doll & Cruz

The other Warriors, Kamehameha’s Correa Doll and Cruz were equally happy with their overall finish.

“We just wanted to do our best today,” Correa Doll said.  “I was a little afraid of Honokaa because they have the reputation of winning, but I know this is about being mentally strong and running as a team.”

Cruz was also hoping for a top five finish.

“I was trying for good placing after the first mile and didn’t want to hold anything back at the end,” he said.  “I kind of held back in my running last year and want this to be a better year for me.”

Langtry

The only boy choosing to run the entire 6 miles by himself was St. Joseph’s Andrew Langtry  who is the lone Cardinal representative in the league.

“I could have teamed with someone from a different school, but I decided that I would try it alone,” Langtry said.

Langtry finished in 34 minutes and 55 seconds, placing 23rd overall out of 89 paired teams.

“I wanted to challenge myself and get in a good workout,” Langtry said.  “I ran the entire way hard and it was good to have people around me to make me work.”

In the girls race it was all Warriors from start to finish as the duo of Kelsie Kobayashi and Haley Rasse led from start to finish winning top honors for Waiakea.

“I just wanted to run my own race and get in a zone,” Kobayashi said.  “I took the early lead, but I really wasn’t paying any attention to anyone else.”

Rasse was in the anchor position and felt some pressure to maintain the lead given to her.

“I didn’t want to let Kelsie down,” she said.  “I wanted to keep the lead or even give her a bigger lead.”

Following in second through fifth place were a group of runners from Hawaii Preparatory Academy as Coach Michael Franklin wanted his harrier to learn to pace.

“We’re teaching pacing with our experienced runners showing our new girls how to keep and maintain a desired pace.”

Ka Makani harriers looked to be in charge as they ran in a pack for all six miles, but a pair of Hilo runners decided to mix things up and challenged during the final mile.

Lawrence & Shumway

Viking runners Karina Lawrence and Carmen Garson-Shumway stayed within striking distance in the early going, moving up from seventh place to eventually move into second with less than a quarter mile to go.

“Our job was to pace our other runners on the team, so we didn’t go out to hard,” Lawrence said.  “We were hoping we could finish somewhere in the top five by the end of the race.”

After the first two miles the Viking duo were turned loose and made their way to the top of the field.

“I believed I could catch the HPA pack on my final mile,” Garson-Shumway said.  “I wasn’t sure we could do it and we’re sure happy to have finished in second place.”

In overall team scoring for the boys it was Honokaa taking first with 33 points, followed by Waiakea, Kamehameha, HPA, Hilo, Keaau, Parker, Kohala and Hualalai.

The girls team scoring had HPA in first followed by Hilo, Waiakea, Kamehameha, Keaau and Honokaa.

The BIIF cross country season moves to the hills of Waimea on Saturday as HPA plays host to the traditional three mile individual venue with the first race getting under way at 10 am.

August 29, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

HPA and Honokaa win team scoring at Canefire Conditioner

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Team Results – Girls

         
             
 

HPA

Hilo

Waiakea

Kamehameha

Keaau

Honoka’a

1

3

2

1

9

11

12

2

4

7

10

15

13

19

3

5

8

17

16

23

21

4

6

14

20

18

24

22

Total

18

31

48

58

71

74

Team Results — Boys        
           
 

Honoka’a

Waiakea

Kamehameha

HPA

Hilo

1

3

1

2

5

6

2

8

4

14

16

11

3

9

10

22

21

24

4

13

26

25

23

27

           

Total

33

41

63

65

68

           
 

Kea’au

Parker

Kohala

Hualalai

 

1

15

7

19

29

 

2

17

12

31

32

 

3

18

28

33

35

 

4

20

30

34

36

 
           

Total

70

77

117

132

 
           

Related links:

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/canefire-conditioner-biif-x-c-boys-top-58-results/

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/canefire-conditioner-cross-country-girls-race-biif-results/

August 28, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , | Leave a comment

BIIF Cross-Country East/West Meets Today

Waiakea plays host to East meet today

The Big Island Interscholastic Federation will divide their cross-country schools with the East headed to Waiakea and the West being hosted at Kealakehe.

Also a first for this season opener is the both host are with new cross-country coaches.  Kealakehe brings Arturo Morales to the helm.  Morales, a Spanish teacher, is a newly transfer from Campbell High School where he coached the Saber harriers.

Waiakea has former Warrior graduates, Mary Jane and Lance Tominaga hosting their first cross-country meet.

All the results from both venues will be posted onto this site as soon as the rookie coaches get that information into the Big Dog.

Rumor has it that Honokaa ‘s Chris Mosch won’t run at Kealakehe because of the steep asphalt downhill, something that BIIF coaches have critisized for a number of years.  Mosch injured his leg at the end of the Track season in May and has yet to compete.

I’m still waiting to see how 2009 BIIF individual champions  from Honokaa Tialana Greenwell and Chris Mosch will do in the 2010 regular season competition, but that might have to wait until next week when Kamehameha host an all-schools meet on their campus.

Greenwell is expected to race on the Waverider campus so we’ll see how she does later today.

September 4, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , | Leave a comment