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Billy “The Ghost” Barnett wins Waikaumalo 7 mile challenge

 Big Island Road Runners
Waikaumalo 7 Mile Challenge
February 27, 2011 @ 7:30 am
Waikaumalo Park, Ninole, Hawaii

Billy “The Ghost” Barnett prepares for start of 7-mile challenge

Pictured on far right wearing red shorts, Barnett is undefeated in 2011 races

7 Mile Run       Pace
Plc Name Division   Time (min/mi)
1 Billy Barnett <<< Overall >>>   40:39 5:48
2 Keoni Ucker Open   43:01 6:09
3 Chris Mosch Open   44:03 6:18
4 Justin Pang Open   45:08 6:27
5 Isaiah Sato Open   45:54 6:33
6 Paul Mauser Open   46:33 6:39
7 Nick Hagemann Open   47:11 6:44
8 Nick Muragin ++ Master ++   47:38 6:48
9 Lyman Perry Master   48:12 6:53
10 Keith Marrack Master   49:24 7:03
11 Steve Pavao Master   52:46 7:32
12 Robyn DeBenedet <<< Overall >>> F 52:56 7:34
13 James Imai Open   53:08 7:35
14 Derek Dominguez Open   53:10 7:36
15 Kirsta Andrew Open F 53:35 7:39
16 DJ Blinn Master   54:56 7:51
17 Lory Hunter ++ Master ++ F 55:56 7:59
18 Rob Van Geen Master   57:21 8:12
19 Ray Ibarra Master   57:26 8:12
20 Maka’ala Cruz Open   58:21 8:20
21 Melissa Braswell Open F 59:14 8:28
22 Nina Hagemann Open F 1:00:18 8:37
23 Barbie Nakamura Master F 1:01:24 8:46
24 Emily Kingery Open F 1:02:16 8:54
25 Harris Kaneshiro Master   1:02:30 8:56
26 Donna Wong-Yuen Master F 1:04:00 9:09
27 Charlie Bostwick Master   1:06:24 9:29
28 Andrea Hess Master F 1:07:15 9:36
29 Marti Banks Master F 1:07:38 9:40
30 David Hammes Master   1:07:41 9:40
31 Kim Furumo Master F 1:08:48 9:50
32 Lindsay Englund Open F 1:09:02 9:52
33 Tiffany Lindsey Open F 1:09:24 9:55
34 Richard Grothmann Master   1:09:48 9:58
35 Daria Cunningham Master F 1:11:15 10:11
36 Morgen Bahurinsky Master F 1:14:51 10:42
37 Betty Ben Master F 1:15:46 10:49
38 Kimi Jackson Master F 1:15:47 10:50
39 Lee Collins Master F 1:19:56 11:25
40 Bob Scales Open   1:21:15 11:36
41 Rick Otani Master   1:26:03 12:18
42 Claire Shigeoka Master F 1:34:06 13:27
43 Marie Kuramoto Master F 1:34:06 13:27
4 Mile Run       Pace
Plc Name Division   Time (min/mi)
1 Stephen Hunter Open   28:30 7:07
2 Carmen Garson-Shumway Open F 30:27 7:37
3 Timon Skinner Open   34:00 8:30
4 Aleksandra Beloborodova Open F 37:08 9:17
5 Dawn Patterson Open F 37:28 9:22
6 Leslie Terada Open   38:03 9:31
7 Bobby Nakamura Master   40:00 10:00
8 Keleala DeCosta Open F 40:51 10:13
9 Cherie Berg Open F 41:09 10:17
10 Norman Skinner Master   44:30 11:07
11 Dixie Newman Open F 48:48 12:12
12 Richard Alderson Master   49:24 12:21
13 Rihei Grothmann Open   52:43 13:11
14 Jordan Hirae Open   52:43 13:11
15 Sharon Ibarra Master F 1:01:15 15:19

February 27, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BYUH Sweeps Vulcan cross-country meet

Photo's by Tim Wright

Photo's by Tim Wright

What amounted to great beach day weather on Saturday turned into a difficult and challenging day for collegiate harriers in Hilo.

   The University of Hawaii at Hilo played host to a Cross-Country Invitational Meet with schools from the  Pacific West Conference , along with Victor Valley College from the So Cal conference.

   Jaime Guerpo, coach of the Vulcan men and women squads, designed a challenging course that started on the girl’s softball field at Waiakea High School and traversed the perimeters of the entire Waiakea Complex before heading back  to the finish line at the UHH athletic department.

    “I had to modify the course several times as Waiakea Inter had construction going on,” Guerpo said.  “What was supposed to be a 6K course (3.8-miles) was actually closer to 4-miles.”

   The extra distance was the least of the runners concerns as the beautiful, sunny day in Hilo was complemented with high temperatures and humidity that made the mid morning start difficult for most runners.

Quinn Horochuk
Quinn Horochuk

For the women it was Hawaii Pacific University’s Quinn Horochuk claiming top honors in a time of 25 minutes and 34 seconds.

    “This is probably the hardest course of all the races I’ve done this year,” Horochuk said.  “With the heat and the hills it made for a very difficult race.”

    Horochuk won her first race in her four years at HPU, partially due to her attitude.  “Hey, this is my senior year, and I might as well make it count,” she said after winning the race.

   Two weeks ago at the Big Wave Invitational, hosted by UH Manoa, Horochuk placed third overall and was the first PacWest runner to cross the finish line.

Nina Hagemann
Nina Hagemann

First for the Vulcan women was Nina Hagemann who finished tenth overall.  “This was a tough one, heat wise,” Hagemann said.

   “Even though we train on this course regularly I found it to be surprisingly hilly and it felt a little long.  I am still working to get better and improve and I want our whole girl’s team to improve,” she said.

   Vulcan women, Kirsta Andrew, 11th, Malia Williams, 16th, Lauren Vieira, 21st, and Liliana DeSmither, 24th, helped claim third place out of the five schools participating.

Daniel Lyon
Daniel Lyon

   For the men’s race it was Spencer Deavila battling it out with Daniel Lyon for top honors.

Lyon crossed the finish line first in 20 minutes and 23 seconds with Deavila 22 seconds behind, but you won’t see Lyon’s name in the official results because he was running “unattached.”

    Several other “unattached” runners participated in the Invitational and included former UHH harrier star, Germain Ortiz, and former Waiakea standout, James Imai.

    “I’m the assistant coach at Victor Valley,” Lyon said after the race.  “I was not ready for this humidity and at mile three the race became pretty tough.”

    Victor Valley brought six men and six women to compete against the Pac West teams and Lyon found the hilly, grassy course to be extremely challenging.

Stefano Barbis
Stefano Barbis

BYUH’s Spencer Deavila won the race for the PacWest men, clocking in at 20:45.  “I had the lead for the first mile,” he said.  “I knew the guy (Lyon) was unattached and I tried to stay with him, but he kept a pretty good distance from me.”

    “I liked this course, especially because it doesn’t replicate itself.  It has lots of hills and is a good cross country course.  I ran for an Arizona junior college last year and I’m used to the heat,” Deavila said.

    Top man on the Vulcan squad was Stefano Barbis Rochabrun who placed fifth overall in a time of 21:31.

    “It was definitely one of the hardest runs that I’ve ever done,” Barbis Rochabrun said.  “I started out good and felt unified with our team.  (Vulcan’s) had a little pack with Garrett (McAllister), me and Keoni (Ucker) in third through fifth place after the first mile.”

    The Vulcan trio began to separate on the first hill as BYUH’s Brendan McMaster started to surge ahead.  “I tried to stay with him (McMaster) but at the last hill, coming up to the finish, I fell off pace.  That last hill was brutal and I know that it’s more mental than physical and I need to be tougher mentally,” Barbis Rochabrun said.

    Other top runners for the Vulcan men were Ucker, 7th; McAllister, 10th; Zach Johnson, 24th; Nicholas Hagemann, 27th; Derek Dominguez, 28th, and Justin Pang, 29th.

    Like the Vulcan women, the men also finish third out of five team competing.  BYUH swept the team titles, winning both the men and women’s divisions.

    BYUH veteran coach, Norman Kaluhiokalani, was low key about his team’s sweep.  “My wahine are doing well.  All I do is tell them to go run and come back as fast as you can,” said the smiling coach.

   “I thought the course was a little confusing and challenging.  The weather was intense, but everybody had to run the same race.” Kaluhiokalani said.


October 11, 2009 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Puna Runners Headline Solid UHH Cross-Country Team

Former CLA star, Nick Ucker, runs for Vulcans

Former CLA star, Nick Ucker, runs for Vulcans

There are many things that Puna is known for, its large district size, inexpensive land prices and a colorful county council representative.

    Now Puna can add to its list a remarkably talented crop of cross-country runners, as the University of Hawaii at Hilo has recruited several former Big Island Interscholastic Federation runners from the Puna district.

   Christian Liberty Academy and Keaau High School have produced some of the talent that now showcases a Vulcan harrier squad as they prepare for the Big Wave Invitational cross-country meet to be held Saturday in Kaneohe, Oahu.

   Headlining a deep Vulcan men’s squad are the Ucker brothers, Keoni and Nick, who are former CLA standouts.  In 2007 Keoni won the Hawaii High School Athletic Association track championship in the 1500 meter race with brother, Nick, coming in second.

   Another CLA distance runner, Justin Pang, had been added to the roster to give the Canefire three of the ten spots on the men’s team.

Nick Hagemann
Nick Hagemann

   Brother and sister, Nick and Nina Hagemann, from Keaau, round out Puna harriers that will compete for Jaime Guerpo’s UHH Vulcan teams.

   Joining the Puna contingent are former Hilo High runners Stefano Barbis and Malia Williams who are using their fourth and final year of eligibility with the Vulcan squad.

   Guerpo also recruited six freshmen to complement his men’s and women’s teams.  The recruit class includes Pang and last year’s BIIF individual cross-country champion, Mark Turner, of Hilo. 

   “Our men’s team is deep and we have a shot at winning the conference,” Guerpo said.  “We will challenge Hawaii Pacific Academy, Bingham Young-Hawaii, and Academy of Arts for the title.”

   In the Vulcan season opener, Sept. 5, it was former BIIF runners Keoni Ucker and Barbis leading the way at the HPU Invitational on Oahu.  Ucker finished the 8K in 26 minutes and 18 seconds (11th overall) with Barbis five seconds behind (12th overall).

   “We (Barbis & Ucker) got out too slow at the HPU race and we plan on going out a lot faster on Saturday,” Ucker said. 

   “I’m really stoked about going over to Oahu on Friday and preparing for this race.  We have a good group of guys and most of us have known each other for years,” Ucker said.

   The Big Wave meet is hosted by the UH Manoa girls cross-country team and will be held at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course on Oahu.

   “I’ve never run on that course before and I’m looking forward to it,” Ucker said.  The men will run a 5K (3.1 mile race) while the women will run a 4K (2.5 miles).

   Adding to the Vulcan firepower is the return of senior Garrett McAllister who led the men’s squad last year, but missed this year’s season opener.  “Garrett has been training really hard and we expect to pack run along with Nick (Hagemann),” Ucker said.

   “It’s great having a bunch of local guys running on the team.  We joke about Keaau, Hilo and CLA all the time and we tease each other about our alma maters.  Our team is very close and we have bonded together well,” Ucker said.

   The addition of Justin Andrew, Derek Dominguez and Zach Johnson rounds out a deep Vulcan men’s roster.

Krista Andrew leads Vulcan squad
Krista Andrew leads Vulcan squad

The Vulcan women only carry six harriers on their squad and do not have the luxury of having the large numbers like the men.

   “For the women we have three returnees, so we’re not as deep as the men, but we will be competitive,” Guerpo said.

   The Vulcan women, led by sophomore Krista Andrew, have a shot at winning the individual crown, according to Guerpo.  “I think Krista can win the Pac West crown and Nina (Hagemann) has an outside chance,” Guerpo said.  “At the very least these two (Andrew and Hagemann) should be in the top five in our conference.”

   Andrew was the lead runner for the Vulcan wahine at the HPU race finishing in 19 minutes and 32 seconds (16th overall) with teammate Nina Hagemann trailing by 10 seconds (18th overall).

    The Vulcan women also include former soccer player, Lauren Viera, from Kamehameha-Hawaii, Lillian DeSmither from Hilo and Kau hurdler, Kapua Lapera.  All three are in their first year with the lady cross-country Vulcans.

    “I like recruiting from the BIIF and to be able to give these kids a chance to run at the college level,” Guerpo said.  “We have a lot of talented runners on this island and around the state.”

    Guerpo is in his 11th season as the Vulcan head cross-country coach.

    UHH competes in the Pacific West Conference, NCAA Division II cross-country against BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade, Dixie State, Grand Canyon, HPU and Notre Dame de Namur.

   HPU is the defending men’s and BYU-Hawaii the defending women’s team champions in cross-country.


September 18, 2009 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments