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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.”


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

Former CLA Soccer Star, Maile Carigon, Takes Her Game to the Next Level

Maile Carigon Led her soccer team to the WHAC Title

Sometimes in sports what looks to be a bad situation can turn into a golden opportunity if it is handled with a positive mental outlook.

For Maile Carigon being plucked from her school at Christian Liberty Academy in Keaau prior to her senior year and moved to Beijing, China appeared to be a nightmare.

“It was really hard leaving my friends and the beauty of the Big Island for a foreign country with a different culture,” Carigon said.  “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.”

Carigon was an outstanding athlete with the Canefire and was a Big Island Interscholastic Federation first team soccer selection during her freshman, sophomore and junior years before leaving with her family to China.

“I really hated being in China for the first 5 months I was here,” Carigon said.  “But once I began playing soccer things began to change and my attitude about being in Beijing began to change.  I can actually say that I miss being there now.”

Despite the hardship of leaving her friends behind in Keaau Carigon made the best of the situation during her senior year in Beijing, leading her small school, International Academy of Beijing, to an undefeated season and two championships.

“It was a great experience for me to play both basketball and soccer at the school in Beijing,” she said.  “The school was about the same size as CLA, but the quality of play and the skill level on the soccer field is not as high.”

Carigon scored 28 goals during the season and was offered two tuition full ride scholarships at NAIA schools.

“I was offered a great scholarship from Bethel College in Indiana and my plans were to go there until I got to speak with the coach and meet the players from Cornerstone,” Carigon said.

“It was a tough decision but in the end I selected Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan,” she said.  “I believed then as I do now that we have a really amazing team, with no drama and I know I made the right decision.”

This past season, as a freshman, Carigon was hampered by bilateral tendinitis in both lower legs along with a sprained knee and sprained ankle, which limited her playing time.

With injuries Carigon’s playing time was limited to 15 minutes per game and she was used in at a defensive position.

Carigon’s move to foward

“Maile had to deal with an injury that limited her playing time as she was struggling to play more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time as her legs would not allow her more than that for most of the year,” Cornerstone soccer coach Randy Strawser said.

With four regular season games to go Coach Strawser decided to start Carigon at the forward position as the Golden Eagles were finding it difficult to score goals.

“I told her that she could always come out of the game after 10 minutes if she scored before coming out,” Strawser said.  “Ha!  Maile scored within the first minute of the conference semi final and in the first 10 minutes of the final.”

Carigon scored in 51 seconds of the first game she played at forward position helping her team win 2-1 in that game.

During the conference championship game Carigon scored the team’s only goal in the sixth minute and the game ended 1-1 and then went into penalty kicks.  Carigon scored on her PK and the Golden Eagles went on to win 4-3 in PK’s.

The move from defensive player to forward during the final four games of the season helped Cornerstone win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title and gave them a ticket to play in the NAIA National Championships.

Carigon now knows what she needs to do in the off season to help her team succeed over the next three years.

“I am working at getting healthy,” she said.  “I am already starting to get my body ready for the intense season by doing the work during the off season.  This has been an unbelievable freshman season for me and I have no regrets.  The injuries at times led me to think about quitting, but I’m not a quitter.”

“She’s a very gifted player and she plays tough,” Strawser said.  “She can hold the ball well under pressure and she wins almost all tackles that she attempts.”

Strawser was also impressed with what he described as Carigon’s great attitude and her ability to be a good team player.

“I can’t wait to see her play when she is healthy and can play a full 90 minutes,” Strawser said.

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Soccer | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Cross-Country Team Photo’s

Hilo boys with Coach McMahon

Hilo boys with Coach McMahon

WHS boys, click to enlarge

WHS boys, click to enlarge

Parker boys

Parker boys

Christian Liberty girls

Christian Liberty girls

St. Joseph boys, click to enlarge

St. Joseph boys, click to enlarge




Kealakehe boys, click to enlarge

Kealakehe boys, click to enlarge

Laupahoehoe, click to enlarge

Laupahoehoe, click to enlarge


Kaitlyn Chock, shaka

Kaitlyn Chock, shaka

Donna Wong Yuen, Keaau coach

Donna Wong Yuen, Keaau coach




WHS girls - pretty in pink

WHS girls - pretty in pink

October 4, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments