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Big Dog’s 5K Run/Walk Kicks Off Sports Hall of Fame Day

5K winners Kaylene Peric and Keoni Ucker

Sunday, August 22, was proclaimed by Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi as Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Day. 

A trio of events highlighted the day in which tribute was paid to those who have been inducted and those to be inducted into the BISHF.

The morning started out with a 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk with the start and finish line in the parking area of Moku Ola.

University of Hawaii cross country coach, Jaime Guerpo, was on hand along with a group of Vulcan harriers which used the event as a preseason tune up.

 “This race is a good measuring stick to see where my runners are at and whether or not they have been training during the off season,” Guerpo said.

Leading the way for most of the race was UHH star and former Christian Liberty Academy harrier, Keoni Ucker, who made Coach Guerpo proud.  Ucker was challenged during the first half-mile of the race by teammate Zach Johnson.

“I had not been training as much as I wanted to during the summer,” Ucker said after the race.  “I don’t want to peak to early prior to the season and I’m satisfied where I’m at right now.”

Ucker won the race with a finishing time of 16 minutes and 11 seconds, nearly a full minute ahead of Johnson who clocked in at 17:08.

UHH had seven men and five women racing as they swept most of the top spots in the overall race results.  Former CLA and UHH standout Justin Pang took third, 17:11; Andrew Holbrook, 17:13; and Scott Hunter was fifth in 17:23.

Hunter runs track and field for Central Washington University where he competes in the pole vault and decathlon events.  On Saturday the former Hilo High grad won the Rain Forest Funs 5K in 18 minutes.

For the women it was UHH tennis player, Kaylene Peric, finishing 19th overall, while taking first for the ladies division in 20:25.

“I’m originally from Michigan, but I’ve been attending UHH and study in the pharmacy department,” Peric said.  “I don’t really race, but I like to run and today I just wanted to see what I could do.”

Peric plans on being a walk on for the Vulcan’s cross-country team this year as she finds the flexibility afforded her in the team’s practice schedule is more conducive to her school schedule.

Following Peric for the women was Kirsta Andrew, 21:22; Nina Hagemann, 21:45; Lory Hunter, 21:48; and Melissa Braswell in 22:21.

The youngest member of the group was 8 year old Romeo Tebelan from Kalanianaole Elementary School who traversed the course in 38:26.

Marisa and Harlina Manley

Also on hand were family members of the late Hamilton Manley, a basketball legend who was later in the day to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

“My dad always used to have us involved in a variety of 5K and 10K running events,” Harlina Manley said.  “My daughter, Brittany, and I flew in from California to be part of my dad’s induction into the Sports Hall of Fame.”

“We used to do races together as a family including the Saddle Road Relay,” Marisa Manley, widow of Hamilton said.  “Today brought back some emotional moments for us as we feel connected with Hamilton through doing these races.”

Hamilton Manley’s sons, Isaac who lives on the Big Island, and Harlan from Oregon, also were part of the day’s events honoring a man that gave so much to his family and community.

Later in the morning the venue moved to Prince Kuhio Plaza where seven new members joined the already 114 previously selected individual Big Island sports heros. 

The seven people that were inducted into the BISHF 12th class were Richard Nakano, Karate; Mo Mathews, swimming; Harold “Russian” Furtado, track & field;   Manny Veincent, outrigger canoe paddling;  Ruth E.K. Walker, Aikido; Hamilton Manley, basketball;  and Francis “Bo” Saiki, baseball/softball.

The BISHF day concluded with a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens where county and state proclamations were given out, along with individualized plaques.

Related Post with race summary and photos at:  http://bigislandrunningcompany.com/Big_Island_Running_Company/Blog.html


August 23, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Big Dog’s Sports Hall of Fame 5K Results

Start of Big Dog's Sports Hall of Fame 5K

Big Dog’s Sports Hall of Fame 5K Results:   Times are correct but spelling of names may be wrong, so please let me know.
Keoni Ucker 16:11
Zach Johnson 17:08
Justin Pang 17:11
Andrew Holbrook 17:13
Scott Hunter 17:23
Nick Hagemann 17:31
Jerry  Noruyn 17:44
Don Bintley 18:17
Rick Michaels 18:24
Louie Perry 18:30
Garrett McAllister 18:41
Mike Daly 19:03
Alan Ryan 19:08
James Imai 19:24
Derek Dominguez 19:32
Robert Otsubo 19:44
Andrew Langtry 19:47
Ray Whitford 20:03
Kaylene Peric 20:25
Brian Yannutz 20:36
Williamson Marshall 20:50
Paul Mauser 21:09
Kirsta Andrew 21:22
Zandrix Acob 21:32
Jaime Guerpo 21:34
Nina Hagemann 21:45
Lory Hunter 21:48
Melissa Braswell 22:21
Anic Helms 23:04
Donovan Macanas 23:09
Kaylee Rapoza 23:11
Nadia Ramirez 23:15
Dena Rae 23:19
Steve Pavao 23:36
DJ Blinn 23:36
Don Zimbeck 24:25:00
Roy Yamada 24:29:00
Liliana Desmither 24:49:00
Napua Lapere 25:24:00
Michelle Guitard 25:25:00
Michelle Whitford 25:52:00
Jon Kunitake 25:52:00
Kaeo  Mateo 25:59:00
Luis Acob 26:03:00
Arnold Swark 26:06:00
James Shauli 26:40:00
David Hammes 26:49:00
Shannon Curtis 27:08:00
Charlie Bostwick 28:46:00
Stan Fortuna 30:33:00
Jenny Hulica 30:30:00
Paul Deeter 32:19:00
Christine Bird 32:53:00
Richard Alderson 33:21:00
Searle Grace 33:26:00
Jerry  Chang 33:59:00
Betty Makua 34:30:00
Richard Crowe 34:38:00
Rachel Clute 35:23:00
Mykelah Daly 35:35:00
Romeo Tebelan 38:23:00
Briette Corpuz 38:26:00
Malcolm Makua 41:04:00
Bruce Tebelan 43:55:00
Marisa Manley 52:22:00
Harlina Manley 52:22:00

August 22, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments