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Castle’s Eric Pak #6 in HHSAA cross-country

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Castle coach, Ron Cabalse, with Eric Pak

      For the entire cross-country season the Big Dog was rating the state’s top runners and failed to mention Castle’s Eric Pak.  Pak surprised me this past Saturday on Kauai with his sixth place overall finish, but it didn’t surprise his coach who knew he was a top 10 contenter.

    Way to go Eric Pak, you have made a believer out of the Big Dog.    The following are just some random photo’s from HHSAA:

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November 2, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , | Leave a comment

HHSAA Cross-Country Team Scoring

Mililani cross country team

Mililani girls finish HHSAA in second place behind Punahou

*********** TEAM SCORE BOYS **********

  1. Kamehameha-Kapalama       
            2   10   11   15   18  (19) (35) =    56
         Jordan Thibodeau, Jordan Kahawai, Isaiah Sato, Alex Ortega, Zack Sainz,
         Daniel Kaneko, Caleb Achuela
  2. Punahou                   
            4    8   16   25   32  (48) (54) =    85
         Nikolai Scharer, Ian Terayama, Jon Hunter III, Shane Endicott,
         Anderson Ko, Ryan Lau, Sam Gill
  3. Iolani                    
            3    7   14   31   39  (43) (62) =    94
         Troy Esaki, Justin Higa, Borys Pleskacz, Rory Zia, Andrew Ellison,
         Kasey Chun, Daniel Luke
  4. Maui High                 
            6    9   27   28   37  (51) (75) =   107
         Rocky Balala, Nicola Perez-Garreaud, Jestoni Ganotisi, Caxious
         Florendo-Bourne, Angelito Cuaresma, Terrance Sayers, Tyler Alfante
  5. Leilehua                  
            1   20   22   29   52  (60)      =   124
         Margarito Martinez, Micah Velasco, Dylan Martinez, Evan Igarashi,
         Branden Miya, Michael McCaffery
  6. Honokaa                   
           12   23   30   53   65  (72) (85) =   183
         Chris Mosch, Joshua Robinson, Geo Chavez-Pardinin, Chayce Moniz, Dylan
         Shiraki, Brandon Mah, Josh Tobias
  7. Pearl City                
           33   40   41   44   47  (58) (64) =   205
         Casey Ryan, Royce Ramos, Zachary Villarmia, Patrick Enriquez, David
         Obatake, Cedric Sarsfield-Barin, Brandon Tsuha
  8. Castle                    
            5   17   56   59   68            =   205
         Eric Pak, Dylan Lee, Bryson Deguchi, Nolan Koyamatsu, Tyler Kon
  9. Hawaii Baptist Academy    
           13   34   49   61   66  (71)      =   223
         Chad Nakaoka, Kelvin Abe, Matt Johnson, Sean Mickelson, Wyland Luke,
         Brent Wakuzawa
 10. Kapolei                   
           21   36   42   70   77            =   246
         Basem (Sammy) Khamis, Nathan Shirey, Gianni Cuadrado, Nikolao Wendt,
         Gregory Ching
 11. Molokai                   
           24   46   57   63   86  (88)      =   276
         Alvin Ringor, Kevin Dudoit, Akona Adolpho, Julien Bumatay, Isreal
         Adolpho, Kailen Inouye
 12. Waiakea                   
           26   50   55   76   79  (81) (84) =   286
         Jackson Halford, Kaimi Scott, Grank Chi, Robby Meguro, Williamson
         Marshal, Dayton Manuel, Keoni Rice
 13. Kapaa                     
           38   67   69   74   87            =   335
         Riley Cox, Maximilian Drubba, Brycen Phillips, Micah Domingcil, Makana
         Weiss
 14. Kea’au                    
           45   73   78   80   82  (83)      =   358
         Shannon White, Kevin Olsen, Samuel Umayas, James Clubbs, Shawn Andy
         Andrada, Makaala Lum Ho

********** TEAM SCORE GIRLS**********

  1. Punahou                   
            1   10   11   17   23  (36) (39) =    62
         Elli Brady, Kyleigh Mann, Julia Brand, Jaime Durso, Kacie Won, Monica
         Woolley, Kara Tsuzaki
  2. Mililani                  
            3    4    5   25   33  (37) (51) =    70
         Gabriella Jenkins, Kristin Ali Keith, Kimberly Pugliese, Courtney
         Garner, Taylor Sinn, Taylor Suwa, Arielle Uejo
  3. Kamehameha-Kapalama       
            7   18   21   28   31  (41) (47) =   105
         Jessica Johnson, Noelani Mikami, Awapuhi Lee, Liana Dollar, Cyan Agena,
         Jade Alohikea, Morgan Kimura
  4. Hawaii Preparatory Academy
           12   16   22   38   53  (60) (70) =   141
         Kela Vargas, Emily Evans, Zoe Sims, Melanie Ulrich, Samantha Neal,
         Hana Scully, Phoebe Hono
  5. Iolani                    
            8    9   13   50   62  (67)      =   142
         Kelli Morrissey, Jenna Wong, Breanne Ball, Phoebe Jordan, Valerie Pyun,
         Chaynna Guinto
  6. Hawaii Baptist Academy    
           19   20   29   43   56  (72) (76) =   167
         Tia Nakashima, Heidi Nicholls, Chelsea Chan, Aimee Uyehara, Jamie
         Takushi, Kimberly Au, Shelby Tanaka
  7. Seabury Hall              
            2   34   40   46   49  (79) (85) =   171
         Hailey Grossman, Justine Malek, Lea Lundblad, Cady Cadiz, Christie
         Haines, Roxanne Gaedeke, Taylor Hori
  8. Maui High                 
           15   26   42   48   52  (66) (91) =   183
         Shannon Whener, Rachel Yadao, Sheyenne Machida, Lyssa Freitas, Briana
         Garalde, Danzen May Llaneza, Sarah Yadao
  9. Leilehua                  
           14   24   35   57   61  (80)      =   191
         Kelsey Waters, Rachel Morihara, Rhiannon Cleveland, Kayleigh Waters,
         Jessica Piatt, Shelby Hill
 10. Honokaa                   
            6   30   68   75   88  (90) (92) =   267
         Tialana Greenwell, Athena Oldfather, Katherine Aguilar, Monica Carlos,
         Kim Kishimoto, Kelly Ann Greenwell, Jenna Matsumura
 11. Roosevelt                 
           27   44   63   69   73  (83)      =   276
         Lauren Watanabe, Jessica Yukawa, Lynn Le, Corynne Umeda, Maya Shishido,
         Kelcie Namba
 12. Hilo High                 
           32   45   58   81   82  (86) (89) =   298
         Shalila De Bourmont, Traci Palmero, Bree Delacruz, Raycee Cooke, Kadey
         Chambless, Lauren Kerr, Karina Lawrence
 13. Baldwin                   
           54   55   65   71   77  (84)      =   322
         Ellissa Bio, Eunice Park, Bree Yokouchi, Christina Wine, Lindsey
         Miyamoto, Terah Summers
 14. Kauai High                
           59   64   74   78   87            =   362
         Kendall Andersland, Cinzia Bruno, Melissa Raisa Carlos, Ashley
         Schnackenberg, Christina Pearson

October 31, 2009 Posted by | Events, High School Runners | , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Harriers Ready for HHSAA on Kauai

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BIIF best readies for State Championship on Saturday

In Chinese Astrology 2009 is the Year of the Earth Ox, but don’t tell that to Josh Abner as the cross-country coach from Honokaa would tell you this is the Year of the Dragons.

Abner and his Dragon teams are headed to Kauai and on Saturday will run against the state’s best harriers in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Cross-Country Championships.

The Dragon boys are the three time defending Big Island Interscholastic Federation team champions and are led by individual champion Chris Mosch. 

“I believe this group of boys has a shot to do something really special for our school, our community and the entire Big Island,” Abner said.  “The highest level of competition brings out the best and I’m still not totally sure that my guys know what they are capable of.”

Honokaa is loaded with talent as four of their boys placed in the top seven of the BIIF championships held at Kamehameha on Oct. 24.

Joshua Robinson, Chayce Moniz and Geo Chavez-Pardinin complemented Mosch top finish by going fifth through seventh respectively as the Dragons ran away with the team title by 56 points over runner-up Waiakea.

“We could have four boys in the top 20 if we have a good day,” Abner said of the HHSAA championship.  “This race is all about being mentally prepared and leaving it all out there and in many rights a test of pure guts.”

The Kamehameha-Oahu boy’s team champions of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu are the heavy favorites to win the team title and are led by Jordan Thibodeau. 

The front runner for the individual crown at the HHSAA is Leilehua’s Margarito Martinez from the Oahu Interscholastic Association.  Iolani’s Borys Pleskacz will run with the lead pack, along with Island School and Kauai Interscholastic Federation Champion, Pierce Murphy.

Daniel Brooks
Daniel Brooks

Also expected to compete with the front runners is Keaau’s Daniel Brooks who finished second to Mosch at the BIIF championships.

The state race is a bitter sweet moment for Brooks as the senior lost his older brother on the same day as the island championships.

“I’ll be flying to Maui on Thursday for a memorial service for my older brother who was 38 years old when he died,” Brooks said.  “I decided to go ahead and run on Kauai and I will try to do my best and hopefully place somewhere in the top 10. I plan on going out hard and will dedicate this race in my brother’s memory.”

While the Dragon boys were running all over their field of competitors it was the HPA girls that left their Ka Makani mark at Kamehameha.

HPA is led by junior Kela Vargas who finished 38 seconds behind Greenwell to claim second place.

Vargas is a smart competitor who knows how to pace herself brought in a pair of freshmen teammates Zoe Sims and Emily Evans that claimed third and fourth respectively.

“Kela (Vargas) is a true soul runner,” HPA coach, Michael Franklin said.  “I try to use scientific methods to help her develop, but ultimately she runs fast because she loves the feel of the wind in her face.”

Franklin believes that Vargas could finish in the top 10 on Kauai, but more importantly that she will continue to lead the other Ka Makani runners to a strong team finish.

“I do expect Zoe (Sims) and Emily (Evans) in the top 20,” Franklin said.  “They have very positive energy; they began the season as competent athletes and are now smart competitors.”

The Kauai course is considered fast with no challenging hills, which may be a disadvantage to the hill harriers at HPA, but Franklin remains optimistic about his girl’s chances. 

“We expect a flat course on Kauai, so all of our runners have a PR (personal record) as an individual goal.  As a team we hope to break into the top 5,” Franklin said.

The Dragon girls are the BIIF team runner-up to Hawaii Prep, and feature three time individual champion Tialana Greenwell.

Greenwell finished second in the state last year and is considered a slight underdog to Seabury senior Hailey Grossman the individual champion from the Maui Interscholastic League.

“Tia (Greenwell) has gotten stronger every week and has a chance to take her first state title,” Abner said.  “Winning the BIIF is an honor that she is very proud of, but now she has her hopes set much higher.”

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Coach Abner

Abner believes that the Honokaa girls could finish somewhere within the top five teams in the state on a perfect day.   “If everything goes well and we have a little luck on our side,” he said of his team’s chances to break into the top 5.

Punahou is the favorite to win the HHSAA girls team title and is led by freshman Ellie Brady. The Buff ‘n Blue will be challenged by a strong Mililani team that showcases Gabriella Jenkins, Kimberly Pugliese and 2007 state champion Kristin Ali Keith.

“It all starts with believing, and I truly believe in each one of these kids way beyond their individual running abilities.  We are building young, prosperous adults here, not just runners,” Abner said.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Events, High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HHSAA Awards State Cross-Country Slots

BIIF alloted state slots

BIIF alloted state slots

hhsaa logo        Hawaii Prep Athletic Director and Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country coordinator, Steve Perry, has released the number of state slots that will be awarded to the BIIF runners at the Championships on Saturday, Oct 24.

 According to Perry the state will allow the following qualifiers to participate at the state championships:

 The HHSAA office has released league information for the 2009 HHSAA XC Championship.

 The event will be held on Saturday, October 31st @ 9:00am on the Island School campus (Kauai).

Each race will have 160 runners (max).

 The BIIF will qualify the following number of runners:

BOYS – 37 runners

Top-3 teams from BIIF Championship meet (Oct. 24th) – 21 runners max.

Next 16 individuals

 GIRLS – 38 runners

Top-3 teams from BIIF Championship meet (Oct. 24th) – 21 runners max.

Next 17 individuals

Around the rest of the state the ILH will be allotted 40 boys and 36 Girls,

OIA 48 boys and 50 girls,

KIF 9 boys and 9 girls and

the MIL will have 26 boys and 27 girls on Kauai October 31.

September 30, 2009 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Dog’s Top Cross-Country Teams in HHSAA

Who will be the 2009 state champions?

Who will be the 2009 state champions?

     This list was updated on Oct 6 – visit the following link to see the latest updates

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/big-dogs-revised-list-of-states-top-10-x-country-runners-2/

Updated again on 10/25 https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2009/10/25/big-dogs-final-hhsaa-top-10-cross-country-runners/

     Based on the current pattern developing throughout the state during the high school cross-country season I have put together a “Big Dog’s Top 5 List” of state teams.

    Your comments/recommendations are welcomed.  In fact, if you have a top five list of your own, post it in the comment section.

    If you send me your team’s photo I will post it on this blog.  You can email your team photo’s to waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

 BOY’s Top Five Teams:

Kamehameha-Oahu

Iolani

Punahou

Leileihua

Honokaa

 GIRL’s Top Five Teams:

Punahou

Mililani

Iolani

Hawaii Baptist Academy

Hawaii Preparatory Academy

September 22, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners | | 6 Comments