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Honokaa’s Chris Mosch wins Hilo Bay 5K before leaving for college – full results

Plc

Name

Div

 

Time

(min/mi)

1

Christopher Mosch

≤19

 

17:17

5:34

2

Nick Muragin

40-49

 

18:34

5:58

3

Todd Marohnic

50-59

 

19:07

6:09

4

Steve Pavao

50-59

 

20:05

6:28

5

James Imai

20-29

 

20:28

6:35

6

Clint Anderson

30-39

 

21:04

6:46

7

Dyson Sato

≤19

 

21:25

6:53

8

John Hylas

50-59

 

23:12

7:28

9

DJ Blinn

60-69

 

23:30

7:34

10

Garret Uyeda

30-39

 

23:51

7:40

11

Brithany Ariga

≤19

F

24:15

7:48

12

Ronnie Flower

≤19

 

24:27

7:52

13

Don Zimbeck

≥70

 

24:50

7:59

14

Rudy Arzaga

30-39

 

25:15

8:07

15

BryanGorges

20-29

 

25:41

8:16

16

Edgar Tuliao

40-49

 

25:54

8:20

17

Tim Christopher

40-49

 

26:00

8:22

18

Cody Tehero

20-29

 

26:04

8:23

19

Mary Jane Tominaga

30-39

F

26:11

8:25

20

Josen Ho

20-29

 

26:12

8:25

21

Molly Mair Yates

30-39

F

26:23

8:29

22

WayneSubica

40-49

 

26:29

8:31

23

Charles Keane

50-59

 

26:46

8:37

24

Jack Russell Brauher

50-59

 

28:00

9:00

25

Thalei Kamalani-Manpathoum

≤19

F

28:06

9:02

26

Firmin Tehero

50-59

 

28:15

9:05

27

Patrick Donovan

60-69

 

28:16

9:05

28

Harvey Nakasone

50-59

 

28:23

9:08

29

Zachary Tomlinson

20-29

 

28:35

9:11

30

Jaclyn Moore

30-39

F

28:47

9:16

31

Dennis Nagai

40-49

 

29:11

9:23

32

Tatia-Jenay Kamalani-Manpathoum

30-39

F

29:40

9:32

33

Colby La Brie

30-39

 

30:28

9:48

34

Rachel Rechtman

≤19

F

31:56

10:16

35

Rayelle Subica

40-49

F

32:04

10:19

36

Mareike Geitner

≤19

F

32:06

10:19

37

Cullen Andrade

≤19

 

32:17

10:23

38

Shaun McKinley

≤19

 

32:28

10:26

39

Christina Martinez

30-39

F

32:56

10:35

40

Hoolaea Andrade

30-39

F

32:57

10:35

41

Kristina Rushton

20-29

F

33:08

10:39

42

Rachael Greco

20-29

F

33:16

10:42

43

Celeste Tapia

≤19

F

34:05

10:58

44

JoAnn Aurello

60-69

F

34:11

10:59

45

Richard Alderson

≥70

 

34:27

11:05

46

Sarito Ross

60-69

F

34:37

11:08

47

Robert Tomlinson

50-59

 

35:42

11:29

48

Adriann Chinn

30-39

F

37:03

11:55

49

Rodney Aurello

60-69

 

37:08

11:56

50

Herb Wegner

60-69

 

37:08

11:56

51

Olivia Flower

≤19

F

37:58

12:13

52

Kyra McKinley

≤19

F

38:30

12:23

53

Lynn Nguyen

20-29

F

38:59

12:16

54

Constance Bee

50-59

F

41:58

13:29

55

Juanita Van Domburg

60-69

F

44:37

14:21

56

Seonaid Nakata

40-49

F

44:58

14:28

57

Sandra Silva

40-49

F

45:53

14:45

58

Maria Booth

30-39

F

49:18

15:51

59

Cyndy Starr

50-59

F

50:50

16:21

60

Anita (Nani) Kyota

40-49

F

51:52

16:41

61

Kamalu Valdez

≤19

F

52:16

16:49

62

Brenda Ioane

50-59

F

54:44

17:36

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All New UHH cross country team opens the season at HPU on Saturday

left to right: Jordan Bledsoe, Justina Wood, Brithany Ariga, Nadia Ramirez, Stephanie Adams, Nikka Takane

Unless you’re a fan of high school sports you won’t recognize anyone of the ladies running on this year’s University of Hawaii cross country team.

Due to deep budget cuts in the Vulcan athletic program the men’s and women’s cross country teams were slated to hit the chopping block this season in an effort to save money.

But Coach Jaime Guerpo managed to find the resources, through a community effort, to save the women’s program as the Vulcan’s prepare for their season opener at the Hawaii Pacific University Invitational on Oahu this Saturday.

“We were only able to find enough cash to save the women’s program,” Guerpo said.  “As a result we have six girls running for us and all of them have never run at the collegiate level.”

In cross country it takes five runners to score as a team and the sixth runner serves as the determining factor in case there is a scoring tie.

Guerpo’s, in his 13th season at the helm, has a  bare bones budget that doesn’t provide money for  scholarships and the money that he did raise is barely enough to fund a meager travel budget.

Despite the inexperience Guerpo is still hopeful that this year’s squad will improve on last year’s placing at conference.

“I expect us to do better than last year’s sixth place finish at the conference meet,” he said.  “These girls are learning to bunch together as a team during practice and we should have a pretty good scoring team.”

The Vulcan’s will rely on four Big Island ladies to help them through the season.

Kamehameha’s Brithany Ariga, Waiakea’s Nikka Takane, Hawaii Prep’s Justina Wood and Hilo’s Nadia Ramirez will be joined by Papillion, Nebraska’s Jordan Bledsoe and Las Vegas, Nevada’s Stephanie Adams to pull together and represent UH Hilo’s harrier program.

Both Takane and Wood are academic seniors and the others on the Vulcan squad are true freshman.

While Takane brings with her four years of prep cross country running, Wood is a novice to distance running.

Stephen Perry

“Stina graduated in 2008 from HPA where she ran four years of track and played soccer all four years for me,” HPA athletic director Stephen Perry said of Wood.  “She is a great competitive player; it must be the red hair.”

“I’m trying to make the adjustment to distance running,” Wood said.  “I was a hurdler at HPA and I’m not used to running distances above 400 meters, but I’m trying to learn what I can from the other girls on the team.”

Guerpo tried to get Wood to come out for cross country last year, but she declined.

“With the budget cuts and the need to form a new team I decided to come out this year and see what I could do to help,” Wood said.  “It’s all about being mentally strong and I’m motivated to do my best.”

Takane brings with her a distinguished career in long distance running as she has done numerous community races from 5K’s to the half marathon.

“I love running and since graduating from high school in 2008 I continued to run every day, usually 4 to 6 miles with my mom,” Takane said.

Coach Guerpo also asked Takane to come out for the team last season, but she declined.

“I always put academics first and last year I was worried that if I added in a sport my grades might drop,” Takane said.  “I’m more confident this year, my senior year, and I’m on track to graduate with my Bachelor’s in May.”

 Ariga cross country experience was limited as a first year runner senior at Kamehameha, but she managed to work her way into the varsity starting lineup, according to her high school Coach Joel Truesdell.

“Brithany is still learning the sport as she is a super nice girl from Hilo,” Truesdell said.  “She has good speed and I can see her getting her time down to 21 minutes in a three mile race once she bonds with the team.”

With his six newly formed collegiate runners Coach Guerpo is optimistic that there training will produce good results.

“I run with the girls each day and I push them hard,” Guerpo said.  “I remind them that the honeymoon is over and that they need to work hard and try their best each and every time out.”

But Guerpo also explains to his youthful group that running at a collegiate level is very different than what they are used to in high school.

“I give them lots of encouragement as I try to get them mentally prepared for the upcoming season,” Guerpo said.  “I haven’t really pushed them hard physically yet, but that part will come soon enough.”

The new Vulcan harriers start their season with Hawaii Pacific University Invitational on Oahu this Saturday with some nervousness and anxiety.

“I’m very excited and I want to run,” Takane said.  “I miss cross country from high school and I like being part of a team.”

The Vulcan’s are limited to hosting just one home town meet on October 8th and the rest of the season will be on the road.

“I expect these girls to represent Hilo well as they will gain much needed experience each week,” Guerpo said.

September 2, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

UHH women’s cross country program saved

After given a death sentence the University of Hawaii cross country program might have received a last minute reprieve.

In April Vulcan runners were given the news that, due to budget restraints, the Athletic Department decided to cut both the men’s and women’s programs.

“We were devastated,” UHH cross country coach Jaime Guerpo said. 

Guerpo broke the news to his team four weeks ago as the cuts were necessitated to save the athletic department $100,000 or 10 percent of their overall budget and cross country was targeted to receive the death blow.

Since that time Guerpo had spearheaded a community campaign to try and raise the necessary funds to keep the program alive.

“I feel it’s my duty to try everything in my power to keep this program going,” the veteran Vulcan coach said.

Many people sympathetic to the cross country demise have made pledges of various amounts which has given new life to a once doomed program.

“We seem to have generated enough funds to keep the women’s program alive as travel cost were our main concern,” Guerpo said. “Not enough money for the men to compete, although I feel very bad for my returning runners, but I guess that’s how it has to be right now.”

The Vulcan women will run a bare bones program with no scholarships being offered, but interest and commitments are still running high.

“I have four committed runners to the program and I’m still looking for more walk-ons,” Guerpo said.

Stephanie Adams from Boulder City, Nevada, Jordan Bledsoe from Omaha, Nebraska, Nadia Ramirez from Hilo and Brithany Ariga from Kamehameha-Hawaii have all committed to running for the Vulcan’s in the Fall according to Guerpo.

The UHH squad will be made up of all new faces as none of the veteran runners are either eligible or interested in coming back, at least at the present time according to Guerpo.

“We’re going to start our summer training in June and if there are any women interest in walking on they should call or email me immediately,” Guerpo said.

To keep the program going Guerpo has agreed to a 50 percent pay cut and believes that the entire amount needed to fund his women’s programs travel cost is $20,000.

“I just got a call from Carole Kai of the Great Aloha Run and they have committed a large amount for our travel cost so I am very optimist that we will be able to keep this program going for years to come,” he said.

UHH athletic director, Dexter Irvin, was equally enthusiastic about resurrecting the women harriers.

“We are very excited to be able to resume our women’s cross country program,” Irvin said.

In a UHH press release Irvin was quoted as saying “Community support has made next season possible.  The funds raised will cover interisland travel for the squad.”

Guerpo will enter his 12th season at the helm of UHH cross country and Irvin has announced that a two year suspension of the men’s program will stay in tack.

“Credit goes to Coach Guerpo,” Irvin said in the UHH press release.  “He knows the situation the department is in and accepted the challenge to keep the program running despite the loss of operating and scholarship funds as well as his salary.”

   The UHH women will remain in the PacWest and be limited to a five race season which includes the UHH Invitational.

Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University will also host PacWest meets and the UHH women will be provided the opportunity to participate in the PacWest Championships.

“We had to make a tough decision to keep our athletic department in the black,” Irvin said in a phone interview.  “When looking at making cuts we wanted to affect the fewest number of student/athletes and coaches and that is why we targeted cross country in order maintain our fiscal responsibility.”

Irvin expressed his desire to revisit the men’s program and was hopeful that UHH could bring the men back in 2013.

“It is an extremely difficult decision to make these cuts,” Irvin said of keeping the men’s program on suspension.

“We’re feeling the pain in higher education and in the athletic department we are only able to fund our conference schedule,” Irvin said.

Irvin was asked if he would consider any coaches request to give up a small portion of their budget to help the cross country program and he replied with an emphatic “no”.

“Every one of our teams are on a minimal budget and I would not allow them to voluntarily cut their budget even further as this would put our athletes at risk,” he said.

Irvin explained that the budget crisis he faces for his 250 student/athletes is so complex that it would be difficult to paint a clear picture during this interview.

In the meantime women’s cross country has survived due to the generosity of the public and the willingness of the coach to operate on a travel only budget.

Guerpo can be reached at guerpo@hawaii.edu.

May 21, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments