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Vulcan Harriers Dominate Warrior 3-miler

Runners receive final instructions from the Big Dog prior to start

Runners receive final instructions from the Big Dog prior to start

This past Saturday nearly 180 walkers, runners and joggers came to Waiakea High School to take part in the 13th annual Warrior 3-miler.

    The event is hosted by the Waiakea boys and girls cross-country teams as a way to raise money for the state high school championships, this year to be held on the island of Kauai.

   It is also a way for the Warrior harriers to get the community out to enjoy a morning of fun, filled exercise, in a low impact environment as most of the run/walk is done on grass.

   University of Hawaii at Hilo cross-country coach, Jaime Guerpo, also brings many of his runners to Waiakea to gauge where they are prior to the collegiate season.

   “I like to support youth running in our community and this event is also a way in which we can test many of our own runners,” Guerpo said.

More than 160 runners and walkers finished the 3-miler
More than 160 runners and walkers finished the 3-miler

Former UHH runner, Germain Ortiz, lead a large contingent of UHH runners.  Ortiz had won the Warrior 3-miler for the past four years, jumped out to an early lead and was threatened by former Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion, Mark Turner and former Christian Liberty standout, Keoni Ucker.

   Turner won the BIIF last year and has joined Ucker and the rest of Guerpo’s Vulcans for the upcoming collegiate season.  Ortiz hung on to win the race in 15 minutes and 52 seconds with Turner taking second in 15:55 and Ucker at 15:56.

     Joshua Robinson and Honokaa’s Christopher Mosch battled for top honors in the high school division with Robinson coming out on top in 16:59 to Mosch at 17:21.

    For the women it was a pair of UHH runners winning overall honors with just one second separating the two.  Krista Andrew defended her Warrior 3-miler title by edging out teammate and former Keaau High standout, Nina Hagemann, with her winning time of 18:56.

Three time champion, Germain Ortiz
Five time champion, Germain Ortiz

For the high school girls it was Hilo’s Shalila de Bourmont winning in 20:42, with Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi following in 21:01.

   Golden master’s runner, Angie Miyashiro, took a second place medal at the National Championships a few weeks ago, easily won her division in a time of 21:19.

   Miyashiro was inducted into the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame four years ago ranks as one of the top females in the nation in her age division.

   RBI League World Champions coach, Agnes Yamauchi, ran the 3-miler finishing well ahead of husband, Wayne.  The Yamauchi’s are long time supporters of the Warrior program and have been instrumental in the community in organizing youth activities.

   Seventy year old, Richard Alderson, continues to stay your through exercise and in the process won his age division at the Warrior 3-miler.

For complete results visit: https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/warrior-3-miler-big-success/

August 24, 2009 Posted by | Events, Health and Fitness, High School Runners, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Warrior 3-miler BIG success!

Pre Race course instructions

Pre Race course instructions

    More than 160 participants, ranging in age from 5 to 70, finished the 3-mile run/walk held at the Waiakea Schools Complex.

UHH runners, Keoni Ucker, Justin Pang, Germain Ortiz, James Imai, led the way

UHH runners, Keoni Ucker, Justin Pang, Germain Ortiz, James Imai, led the way

Complete results see below.  More photo’s to come later!

Waiakea girls show their muscle while waiting for the presentation of awards

Waiakea girls show their muscle while waiting for the presentation of awards

Finish Last Name First Name Age Min Seconds
1 Ortiz Germain 26 15 52
2 Turner Mark 18 15 55
3 Ucker Keoni 20 15 56
4 McAllister Garrett 22 16 15
5 Barbis Stefano 21 16 20
6 Ucker Nick 19 16 31
7 Hagemann Nick 19 16 42
8 Ortiz Manny 19 16 49
9 Robinson Joshua 16 16 59
10 Morales Diego 23 17 13
11 Pang Justin 18 17 21
12 Mosch Christopher 16 17 21
13 Johnson Zach 19 17 22
14 Perry Louie 25 17 24
15 Kaneshiro Tyde 15 17 32
16 Bintley Dan 46 17 37
17 Halford Jackson 14 17 38
18 Imai James 18 17 40
19 White Shannon 16 17 49
20 Dominguez Derek 24 17 55
21 Harada Bryce 18 18 13
22 Morin Jim 29 18 17
23 O’Toole Anthony 22 18 25
24 Andrade Jacob 17 18 47
25 Andrew Krista 19 18 56
26 Hagemann Nina 20 18 57
27 Chi Frank 16 19 5
28 Andrada Shawn-Andy 16 19 6
29 Hernandez Laura 28 19 7
30 Andrew Justin 25 19 32
31 Scott Ka’imi 17 19 38
32 Clubbs James 16 19 39
33 Bath Noah 16 19 44
34 Katibah Matthew 14 19 48
35 Busek Adam 46 19 51
36 Hunter Stephen 12 19 53
37 Miyashiro Stewart 55 19 55
38 Bartholomy Ziggy 11 20 00
39 Meguro Robbey 14 20 17
40 Flaherty Noa 16 20 23
41 Koscik Chris 15 20 27
42 Pelletier Kyle 16 20 33
43 Branco Brenden 16 20 40
44 de Bourmont Shalila 15 20 42
45 Pavao Steven 52 20 47
46 Manuel Dayton 17 20 54
47 Lum Ho Gregory 42 20 55
48 Nance Cameron 19 20 59
49 Kobayashi Kelsie 15 21 01
50 Uemura Ryne 16 21 03
51 Marshall Williamson 14 21 04
52 Marshall Miles 12 21 15
53 Katibah Ty  54 21 16
54 Littrell Davin 52 21 18
55 Miyashiro Angie 56 21 19
56 Williams Malia 20 21 21
57 Rice Keoni 14 21 22
58 Cooper Owen 17 21 27
59 Merkle Ethan 17 21 29
60 Nishimura-Thornton Deann 15 21 30
61 Villena Linden 31 21 40
62 Lum Ho Maka’ala 14 21 41
63 Viera Lauren 19 21 52
64 Desmither Liliana 19 21 53
65 Yoshida Erin 14 22 02
66 Blinn DJ 60 22 19
67 Hunter Lory 46 22 21
68 Scott Deborah 41 22 31
69 Hill Lauren 15 22 50
70 Guillermo Alika 14 22 57
71 Izumo Dalen 17 22 59
72 Alviento Davin 14 23 01
73 Belcher Robert 55 23 02
74 Yamamoto Caden 16 23 03
75 Laurence Karina 15 23 08
76 Matsuda Victoria 29 23 16
77 Braswell Jason 31 23 19
78 Wills Joseph 14 23 23
79 Cheng Kenneth 16 23 25
80 Olaso Drake 16 23 27
81 Tanaka Lance 15 23 34
82 Zimbeck Don 68 23 42
83 Paulachak Kara 14 23 45
84 Burke Sean 17 23 57
85 McAuliffe Steven 16 23 59
86 Chun Brandon 15 24 03
87 St George Jacob 16 24 04
88 Winters Travis 15 24 05
89 Ebeling William 14 24 22
90 Hagemann Natalie 13 24 23
91 Kerr Richard 14 24 24
92 Torigoe Katie 15 24 27
93 Shibata Tylor 14 24 34
94 Hammes David 57 24 38
95 Big Dog Wayne 61 24 43
96 Collins Chase 18 24 50
97 Wedemann Joe 44 24 55
98 Sakai Karl 16 24 56
99 Cristobal Ian 15 24 59
100 Miller Kobe 10 25 20
101 Rossi Hagan 61 25 26
102 Nako Patrick 17 25 30
103 Douglass Frank 57 25 33
104 Fergus Emi 29 25 43
105 Coon Karen 52 25 53
106 Kodis Mali’o 17 25 59
107 Mizuba Darwin 15 26 02
108 Busek Jessica 14 26 03
109 Kerr Lauren 16 26 04
110 Chambless Kadey 16 26 05
111 Yamauchi Dalen 16 26 06
112 Uchida Lacey 6 26 07
113 Matsuura Jonah 7 26 08
114 Keano Charles 56 26 10
115 Kurata Kortni 16 26 30
116 Paulachak Nicole 16 26 40
117 Nako Carissa 16 26 48
118 Olson Bud 33 26 49
119 Lum Christa 15 26 52
120 Mateo Kaeo 14 26 58
121 Digg Deep 55 27 01
122 Miller Damien 7 27 05
123 Yoon Esther 15 27 06
124 Uchida Kaelyn 8 27 10
125 Murayama Garry 16 27 17
126 Yamamoto Brennan 10 27 20
127 Vares Chris 58 27 27
128 Tanaka Jason 15 27 28
129 Zee Benjamin 16 27 38
130 Pettway-Dela Cruz Bree-Latifah 14 27 43
131 Matuura Sonya 39 28 13
132 Uchida Kara 37 28 14
133 Collins Lee 55 28 22
134 Takane Misha 17 28 23
135 Marshall Kadara 10 28 50
136 Bath Katrina 14 28 59
137 Nagai Dennis 46 29 00
138 Matsuura Skye 12 29 05
139 Uemura Calvin 11 29 09
140 Wung Chelsie 16 29 13
141 Kuramoto Marie 62 29 44
142 Vicente Adrel 34 29 45
143 Yamauchi Agnes 43 30 40
144 Carvalho Krystina 13 31 25
145 Bisel Bethany 13 31 26
146 Nagai Michael 47 31 38
147 Alderson Richard 70 32 20
148 Lambert Hollie 17 32 40
149 Matsuura Noah 11 32 59
150 Matsuura Andy 44 33 20
151 Okui Craig 54 33 26
152 Yamauchi Casey 9 34 12
153 Wegner Herb 65 34 59
154 Izumi Gerald 66 35 24
155 Riingen Randi-Ann 24 38 54
156 Matsuura Peter 9 40 07
157 Nakata Seonaid 44 42 50
158 Namohala Deborah 39 43 00
159 Matsuura Bailey 5 43 01
160 Tanaka Claire 49 49 35
161 Hammes Kathy 57 49 37
162 Imai Derrik 52 50 18
163 Yamauchi Wayne 56 55 02

August 22, 2009 Posted by | Events, High School Runners, Running on the Big Island | , , , | 19 Comments

Ortiz Family Runs Away at Mid-Summer 5K

left to right: Laura Hernandez Otriz, Deann Thornton, Sonoka Takewaka, Esther Kanehailua

left to right: Laura Hernandez Otriz, Deann Thornton, Sonoka Takewaka, Esther Kanehailua

Brothers:  Germain, Manny & Paco Ortiz

Brothers: Germain, Manny & Paco Ortiz

The Ortiz family raced to victory and captured the top three spots in the Mid-Summer 5K held in Hilo today.

   Brothers Germain, Manny and Paco Ortiz went one-two-three in the 3.1-mile race.  Germain clocked in with a time of 17 minutes 34 seconds and was followed by Manny, 17:54 and Paco, 17:58.

  Germain’s wife, Laura Hernandez, won the women’s division with her time of 21:15 and was followed by Keaau High’s Deann Thornton, Japan’s Sonoka Takewaka and public school principal Esther Kanehailua in 25:08.

BIRR president, Greg Lum Ho, gives some pre-race instructions

BIRR president, Greg Lum Ho, gives some pre-race instructions

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

EMS Run/Walk attracts 733 participants

Jesse Ebersole, Sally Marrack, Germain Ortiz, Fire Chief Daryl Oliveira

Jesse Ebersole, Sally Marrack, Germain Ortiz, Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira

The 9th Annual Emergency Medical Services  Run/Walk was held this past Sunday starting near the entrance of Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo.

     More than 700 runners, walkers and joggers laced up their shoes to participate in either the 5K (3.1-mile) run or two-mile walk.  The event also hosted a non-competitive keiki quarter-mile run on the grass through Liliuokalani Gardens for children age’s three to ten.   

     The event was the brainchild of Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira to get the Fire Department to annually recognize EMS Week, a time to educate the public’s awareness to what EMS provides on our island.

   “The EMS run/walk is a great opportunity to showcase what we have to the community and it is a chance for us to give back to the community,” Chief Oliveira said.

      “We are extremely grateful to all the participants who come out and support our event on a busy Memorial Day weekend,” Chief Oliveira said.  “And we are grateful to the numerous local businesses who donate to our event.”

    In the competitive 3.1-mile run a group of well known community runners led the first pack of runners through the first half-mile of the race.  Billy Barnett, Germain Ortiz, Alan Ryan and Johan Dana took off at the gun and quickly separated themselves from the rest of the harriers.

   At one mile the race became a two man effort with Ortiz and Barnnet pushing the pace.  Ortiz, who won the EMS in 2007 and placed second overall in the Hilo Marathon this past March, was familiar with the course and experienced in racing.

   Both runners exchanged the lead several times before Ortiz pulled out the narrow victory in 17 minutes and 16 seconds with Barnett less than two seconds behind.

   “My plan was to stay behind the leader for the first mile,” Ortiz said after the race.  “But he (Barnett) was too strong and I didn’t manage to pass him until 1.5 miles.”

   But Ortiz lead didn’t last for long as Barnett pulled in front for a second time at the turn-around point.  “I caught up to him at the bridge (Suissan) and we were running shoulder to shoulder towards the finish,” Ortiz said.

    Barnett made a mistake coming into the finish line at Liliuokalani Gardens when he briefly made a right turn to circle the Gardens in the opposite direction.  “That mistake may have cost him the race,” Ortiz said.

    “It’s not a problem as I had a good time doing this race,” Barnett said of his mistake.  “I just heard about the race last night and signed up this morning.  I plan on going for a long run later this morning and just wanted to have fun doing the race.”

    Firefighter/Paramedic, Jesse Ebersole services as the race director for the EMS which has seen the race grow each year.  This year’s total entries for all three races reached 733, a new high for the EMS, according to Ebersole.

   Ebersole decided to run in Sunday’s 5K for only the second time in its nine year history.   “I need to do more training and less coordinating,” Ebersole said immediately after crossing the finish line.”

     Despite his inability to train on a regular basis Ebersole was still the first Public Safety Employee to cross the line.  “I haven’t raced in about two years, but something told me last night that I should give it a try,” Ebersole said.

   For the women it was all Sally Marrick as the top Big Island woman in the Hilo Marathon became the overall winner in her first EMS run.

   “After the Hilo Marathon I hurt my knee and needed to take three weeks off,” Marrick said.  “I’m just getting back to racing and today I felt really good.  My goal coming in was just to complete the race and I am very happy with the result.”

   Over the past seven years more than $50,000 raised by the EMS event has gone to various health care related charities including the New York Firefighters Widows and Children’s Fund, Hawaii Police Activities League, Hospice of Hilo, Easter Seals of Hawaii, Hawaii Bone Marrow Registry, Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room Expansion, Alzheimer’s Aloha Chapter and several Hawaii Island Residents who were battling Cancer according to Ebersole.

   Proceeds from this year’s race are going to a Hawaii Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic who is battling Cancer, along with the American Cancer Society Hawaii Island.

        “I am the race director, however we have a core group who share the responsibilities of coordinating the event,” Ebersole said.  “They (coordinators) are Lance Uchida, Darryl Oliveira, Laurie Kaneta, Laura Casey, April Oshiro, Vivian Akine, Jerry Lum, Kainoa Wiley, Ralph Yawata, Garrett Kim and Joyce Cabango.”

    “We are supported race day by many dedicated volunteers from the Fire Department and community in general,” Ebersole said.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment