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BIIF Track Season Finale Pays Dividends for DeRego

Kamehameha's Isaac DeRego clears 13-6 at Last Chance Meet

KEEAU- Sometimes in life a last chance is all one needs to prove his mettle.  Kamehameha senior Isaac DeRego was given a last chance this past Saturday during the Big Island Interscholastic Federation track & field regular season finale held at Keaau.

    DeRego, who has been pole vaulting for the Warriors for four years, had never gone higher than 12 feet prior to Saturday’s meet.  Needing to clear 13 feet to gain an automatic spot in the HHSAA state championships DeRego took full advantage of his last chance opportunity and cleared 13 feet.

   But the private school Warrior wasn’t done, having the bar raised another six inches, DeRego went on to a stellar performance day by clearing 13-6.

   “I felt good today,” DeRego said after the meet.  “There is something about being at this track (Keaau High School) that gets all us vaulters doing really well.”

   After clearing 13-6 DeRego asked that the bar be raised seven inches and attempted to clear 14-1.  Normally the bar is raised six inches at a time, but DeRego had something bigger he was shooting for.

   “I knew our school record was 14 feet and I wanted to break the record,” he said.  “I’m still really happy with what I did today and will try to go after the record at the BIIF championships in Kona.”

   While DeRego was complimentary of the Keaau track the Fully Automated Timing System or FATS was trying to get the Gremlins out of the software.  The FATS turned from an automated system to an animated system and left computer technology wizards Bob Martin, Chris Drayer and Curt Beck scratching their heads.

  The FATS crew needed to depend upon the ‘old school’ method by using hand times for the entire meet.  The only thing that remained fully operationally was the finish line photo system that came in handy during the girls 800 meter run.

  In the girls two laps race around the track Waiakea’s Kaitlyn Chock, the BIIF leader with the league’s best time in the 800 and fifth best in the state, took the lead and appeared to be in control of the race, clocking 75 seconds on her first lap with the rest of the field content to hang back.

Nishimura-Thornton

In the final 100 meters of the second lap, with Chock maintaining her pace, Keaau’s Deann Nishimura-Thornton made a late charge and closed in fast as both girls hit the line in what was a “photo finish.”

  FATS official Chris Drayer made a careful review of the finish line photo’s and declared Nishimura-Thornton the winner.  “The Keaau girl won by the thickness of her jersey,” Dryer said of the 1/1000th of a second difference.

   “I had an adrenaline rush towards the end of my race and I just went for it,” Nishimura-Thornton said of her winning kick.  “I felt really confident today, but when we hit the finish line I didn’t know if I had won or not, I just couldn’t tell.”

   For Chock it was a perfectly equal race, with the senior running 75 seconds for each of her two laps.  “It was the first time I’ve ever run even splits,” Chock said.  “I was supposed to have gone out faster, but I was tired from running the 400 race prior to doing this race.”

   “The 800 is my favorite race because you’re in pain during the entire race, but it feels really good when it’s over,” Nishimura-Thornton said. 

Mosch winning 3K

Honokaa continues to rule the 3K distance race with BIIF cross-country champions Tialana Greenwell and Chris Mosch both winning their seven and a half lap races.

   Mosch, who had the second fastest time in the state at 9 minutes and 23 seconds coming into the race, ran by himself at Keaau to win in 9:32.38.

  “I’m happy with my effort and performance, but it’s difficult to run alone,” Mosch said.  “I ran my fastest time of the season when I was in Honolulu and there were a lot of people around me to help me keep my pace.”

   Mosch was hoping to get out to a 4:52 in the first four laps and found himself already four seconds off his self imposed pace.

   “I’ll have to be able to run a sub 9-minute race to win at states and that’s not going to happen unless I try,” he said.

King Jacob

While many athletes were using the regular season finale as a spring board in preparations for this weekend’s BIIF championships, others were just out to have fun and enjoy the near end of their prep careers.

   The “King of the Hurdles,” Kau’s Jacob Edwards showed his business side by winning both hurdle events and the triple jump while finishing second in the 200 dash.

   But the “King” also entered the high jump for the first time in his four years of BIIF track and field competition.

   “I’ve always wanted to try the high jump,” Edwards said.  “Since this was the end of the regular season, it was the last chance I had to give it a try.”

  The “King” used his Midas touch and turned the high jump into pure gold by winning at 5-8.

 “I never expected to win the event, I just wanted to have fun doing it,” he said.  “If the season was a little longer I probably would like to give the 1500 a try.”

  The BIIF track & field season concludes this weekend with the league qualifiers and finals on May 7-8 at Konawaena.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF’s Best Move Up in Track Rankings

Hilo's Shina Chung ranks #2 in state pole vault

KEAAU – In a day of super highs several East Hawaii youngsters positioned themselves in the number 2 position in the state during a Big Island Interscholastic Federation track & field meet held this past Saturday at Keaau.

   Hilo’s Shina Chung, Kamehameha’s Kaopua Sutton and Keaau’s Daniel Brooks all gave super efforts during week two of the BIIF track & field season.

  Chung, only a sophomore, set a new personal record in the pole vault with her clearing height of 9 feet 8 inches, 14 inches higher than she went last week.

  “The biggest thing for me was getting a bigger pole and making the transition,” Chung said of her clearance that ranks her second in the state.

   “I went to a 120 pound, 12 feet 6 inch pole and it worked for me today.  I’m really happy with my personal best and I now feel confident that I can get to 10 feet,” she said.

  Hilo’s vault coach, Sherman Viernes, believes that Chung will be able to clear 10 feet within the next few meets.

  “Shina tried 10 feet today, but the end of the pole died,” Viernes said.  “For somebody not knowing much about pole vaulting prior to last year she has come a long way.  The only thing stopping her now is her mental focus, once she figures that out she’ll be able to go even higher.”

   While Chung was conquering new heights Kamehameha’s Kaopua Sutton was finding new distances.

Sutton

   The Warrior senior threw the discus further than she has ever thrown it before, 123 feet 8.5 inches, to record the second best distance in the state.

   “Last year my personal best in the BIIF was 115 feet and when I went to states I threw 117 feet,” Sutton said.  “I’ve been hitting 120 feet during practice, so I knew I could do it.”

   Sutton, who stands 5’ 10” is the defending BIIF champion in the discus and she owes much of her success to her mental attitude.

   “I raised my mental focus and now I think I can go at least 130 feet in this event,” she said.  “I’m pretty stoked with what I did today.”

Brooks

Not to be outdone Keaau’s Daniel Brooks made a bold statement prior to running the 1500 meter race.  “I plan on going under 4 minutes 20 seconds,” Brooks said during warm ups.

  The Cougar senior had to run his own race as no one in the field was capable of keeping up with his torrid pace.

  After the first lap Brooks had already built a 20-meter lead and continued building on the lead going into the bell lap when he opened the gap to 70 meters over his closest competition.

  At the tape Brooks clocked in with a 4:15.96 a full second faster than his personal best time and good enough to list him as the fourth fastest in the state this year.

  “I felt really good today and I knew I could get under 4:20,” he said.  “I’ve set my goals high in my senior season and I’m going to try to run 4 flat by the time states rolls around.”

  “I’m hoping to get a scholarship to a mainland college to run track,” Brooks said.  “In order to get that scholarship I need to get my 1500 time down to 4 minutes and my 800 time to 1:56.”

  Brooks later returned to the track to win the 800 meters in 2:03.89, three seconds faster than the previous week.

   “I’m happy with my 800 time and I still have a ways to go, but this is good for this point in the season,” he said.  “I still need to run the 4×400 relay later today and next week I’d like to mix things up and get a good 3000 time.”

  Brooks is looking forward to Saturdays all-schools meet to be held at Kamehameha as this would be the first time this season that he will match up with Honokaa’s best distance runner Chris Mosch.

  “I know Chris will really push me as we’ll be able to help each other run faster,” Brooks said.  “I’m looking forward to the competition.”

   Mosch ran his 1500 at Konawaena in 4:25, but is considered to be one of the best 3000 meter runners in the state.

Azmera

In the girls 300 hurdles it was Keaau’s Azmera Hammouri-Davis getting the win in 50.9 seconds.

  “Last year I ran 50.05 seconds and my goal would be to break 50 seconds and hopefully get down to 48 by the end of the season,” she said.

   “I think I’m stuttering before I hit the hurdle,” Hammouri-Davis said.  “I need to be faster out of the blocks and work on my technique more in order to get a faster time.”

   Saturday’s meet at Keaau was an Eastern Division contest with Konawaena hosting a Western Division meet.

   The BIIF is the only league that has two fully automated timing systems and both were in full operation.  Chris Drayer handled the FAT system at Kona while Curt Beck and Bob Martin operated the other FAT system at Keaau.

April 5, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments