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Big Island Road Runners Turkey Trot is a Huge Success – Full Results

Big Island RoadRunners
Turkey Trot 5k Run
November 24, 2011
CoconutIsland,Hilo,7:30am

1

Jordan Lerma

20-29

 

16:39

5:21

2

Chris Gregory

20-29

 

16:46

5:23

3

Zack Johnson

20-29

 

18:06

5:49

4

Todd Marohnic

50-59

 

18:59

6:06

5

Ryan Stone

20-29

 

19:04

6:08

6

Justin Pang

20-29

 

19:18

6:13

7

Mike Daly

30-39

 

19:26

6:15

8

Maka’ala Cruz

≤19

 

20:01

6:26

9

Shannon White

≤19

 

20:18

6:32

10

Stuart Miyashiro

50-59

 

20:22

6:33

11

Bryan Yannutz

20-29

 

20:25

6:34

12

Jhun DelleVentura

≤19

 

21:08

6:48

13

Keith Marrack

40-49

 

21:14

6:50

14

Steve Pavao

50-59

 

21:33

6:56

15

Jackson Halford

≤19

 

21:51

7:02

16

Carmen Garson-Shumway

≤19

F

21:51

7:02

17

Joel Nelson

30-39

 

21:53

7:02

18

Ray Ibarra

50-59

 

21:54

7:02

19

no name given

 

22:05

7:06

20

Nikolai Shumov

≤19

 

22:14

7:09

21

Shalila de Bourmont

≤19

F

22:18

7:10

22

Bryson Manuel

20-29

 

22:30

7:14

23

Josh McDaniel

30-39

 

22:31

7:14

24

Kai Garson-Shumway

≤19

 

22:34

7:16

25

Todd Shumway

40-49

 

22:42

7:18

26

Daysen Masuda

≤19

 

22:45

7:19

27

Patrick Baker

30-39

 

22:52

7:21

28

Rihei Grothmann

≤19

 

23:09

7:26

29

Kelly Freitas

50-59

 

23:12

7:28

30

Alan Ryan

40-49

 

23:15

7:29

31

Melissa Schad

30-39

F

23:17

7:29

32

LindenVillena

30-39

 

23:21

7:31

33

Andrew M. Langtry

40-49

 

23:24

7:31

34

Kevin Okumura

20-29

 

23:44

7:38

35

Marianne Stone

30-39

F

23:53

7:41

36

DJ Blinn

60-69

 

24:03

7:44

37

Elysonne Quila

≤19

 

24:06

7:45

38

Keana Medeiros

≤19

F

24:09

7:46

39

Paul LeBlanc

≤19

 

24:09

7:46

40

Cody Tehero

20-29

 

24:14

7:47

41

no name given

 

24:33

7:53

42

BryanGorges

20-29

 

24:36

7:55

43

Jeremy Johnson

≤19

 

24:37

7:55

44

Wayne Pavao

≤19

 

24:40

7:56

45

Corin Kim

≤19

F

24:42

7:56

46

Grant Uekawa

≤19

 

24:42

7:56

47

Danny Pacheco

≤19

 

24:47

7:58

48

Robert Belcher

50-59

 

24:49

7:59

49

Kumei Kern

30-39

F

24:50

7:59

50

Tehani Jones

≤19

F

24:58

8:02

51

Wendy Yamada

40-49

F

25:05

8:04

52

Iris Liberato

20-29

F

25:08

8:05

53

Roy Yamada

40-49

 

25:12

8:06

54

Tatia Kamalani-Manpathoum

30-39

F

25:19

8:08

55

Alexa Bader

≤19

F

25:28

8:11

56

Yuki Yano

20-29

 

25:37

8:14

57

Richard Grothmann

50-59

 

25:38

8:14

58

Michael Rushton

40-49

 

25:47

8:17

59

John Bums

20-29

 

25:50

8:19

60

Niegel Rozet

20-29

 

25:52

8:19

61

Colby Labrie

30-39

 

25:55

8:20

62

WayneSubica

40-49

 

26:08

8:24

63

Ace Loughmiller

30-39

 

26:14

8:26

64

Alan Mitsuyoshi

60-69

 

26:31

8:32

65

Dawn Patterson

30-39

F

26:37

8:34

66

Lindsey Englund

20-29

F

26:48

8:37

67

Keo Lopes

40-49

 

26:49

8:37

68

LawrenceEckart

40-49

 

26:53

8:38

69

Paula Miller

20-29

F

27:03

8:42

70

Joan T. Arakaki

40-49

F

27:12

8:45

71

Rick Otani

50-59

 

27:15

8:46

72

Justin Haggard

20-29

 

27:19

8:47

73

Jennifer Silva

30-39

F

27:24

8:49

74

Eva Naniole

50-59

F

27:42

8:55

75

Joel Truesdell

50-59

 

27:43

8:55

76

no name given

 

27:45

8:55

77

Jarvis Valera

30-39

 

27:54

8:58

78

Sarah Bradley

20-29

F

28:02

9:01

79

Mclean Eames

20-29

 

28:03

9:01

80

Hope Braceros

20-29

F

28:04

9:01

81

Orville Reddenbocker

50-59

 

28:04

9:01

82

U’ilani Wills

30-39

F

:28:13

9:04

83

Keska Dwight

20-29

F

:28:32

9:10

84

Molly Yates

30-39

F

:28:32

9:10

85

no name given

 

:28:34

9:11

86

Kris Fuchigami

20-29

 

:28:36

9:12

87

Kanani Desa

40-49

F

:29:02

9:20

88

Marti Banks

50-59

F

:29:04

9:21

89

Maria Fratinardo

≤19

F

:29:07

9:22

90

Ken Ceasar

60-69

 

:29:14

9:24

91

Ben Wertz

No Age

 

:29:20

9:26

92

Zach Tomlinson

20-29

 

:29:22

9:26

93

Baxter Stone

≤19

 

:29:26

9:28

94

Kristina Rushton

20-29

F

:29:29

9:29

95

Kanaipono Eckart

≤19

 

:29:50

9:35

96

no name given

 

:29:54

9:37

97

Shani Wertz

≤19

F

:29:55

9:37

98

Rebecca Akiona

20-29

F

:30:04

9:40

99

no name given

 

:30:07

9:41

100

Sarah Stoebner

20-29

F

:30:09

9:41

101

no name given

 

:30:15

9:44

102

Zach Winters

≤19

 

:30:22

9:46

103

no name given

 

:30:22

9:46

104

Phoebe Wyatt

≤19

F

:30:25

9:47

105

Joanne Pocsidio

40-49

F

:30:38

9:51

106

Rayelle Subica

40-49

F

:30:54

9:56

107

Kristina Erskine

40-49

F

:31:01

9:58

108

Theodora Hiro

50-59

F

:31:13

10:02

109

Desiree Sumaoang

≤19

F

:31:14

10:02

110

Cristine Belmes

≤19

F

:31:14

10:02

111

no name given

 

:31:22

10:05

112

Dennis Shigeoka

60-69

 

:31:36

10:10

113

Lee Otani

50-59

F

:31:48

10:14

114

no name given

 

:31:56

10:16

115

Judy Martin

60-69

F

:32:05

10:19

116

Sean Knell

30-39

 

:32:22

10:25

117

ScottMalis

30-39

 

:32:27

10:26

118

Erin Carvalho

≤19

F

:32:54

10:35

119

Zeny Eakins

30-39

F

:32:55

10:35

120

Kris Sumaoang

≤19

F

:32:56

10:35

121

Tiana Tehero

20-29

F

:33:15

10:41

122

Firmin Tehero

50-59

 

:33:17

10:42

123

Sharon Hiroka

40-49

F

:33:17

10:42

124

Kelci Nishiki

30-39

F

:33:27

10:46

125

Colleen Fratinardo

50-59

F

:33:40

10:50

126

Charlie Cordeiro

≤19

 

:33:43

10:50

127

Ellen Cordeiro

30-39

F

:33:43

10:50

128

Bonita Babas

No Age

F

:33:44

10:51

129

Michelle Macanas

40-49

F

:33:45

10:51

130

Beth Kreminski

20-29

F

:33:46

10:52

131

Claire Shigeoka

50-59

F

:33:55

10:55

132

Robert Tomlinson

50-59

 

:34:04

10:57

133

Tennille Eckart

30-39

F

:34:07

10:58

134

Shelly Sherman

40-49

F

:34:31

11:06

135

Rachel Rechtman

≤19

F

:34:35

11:07

136

Becky Lee

40-49

F

:34:41

11:09

137

Kaelynne Manoha

≤19

F

:35:01

11:16

138

Christopher Knell

≤19

 

:35:07

11:17

139

Scott Kauffman

30-39

 

:35:26

11:23

140

Lauren Supnet

30-39

F

:36:43

11:49

141

Julian Taifmai

30-39

 

:36:45

11:49

142

Charish Sumaoang

20-29

F

:37:12

11:58

143

Sandra Silva

40-49

F

:37:52

12:11

144

Ellen Osier

60-69

F

:37:53

12:11

145

Harold Pinnow, Jr.

30-39

 

:38:33

12:24

146

no name given

 

:38:42

12:26

147

no name given

 

:39:15

12:37

148

Jessie Gorges

20-29

F

:39:31

12:43

149

Jamie Reese

20-29

F

:40:05

12:53

150

Sue Wyatt

40-49

F

:40:12

12:56

151

Wyatt Dunn

≤19

 

:40:13

12:56

152

Marilyn Hall

50-59

F

:40:20

12:58

153

Diane Simpson

40-49

F

:41:26

13:19

154

no name given

 

:43:42

14:03

155

Isaac Knell

≤19

 

:44:17

14:14

156

Michelle Knell

40-49

F

:44:32

14:19

157

Michelle Correia

30-39

F

:44:37

14:21

158

Samantha Sugioka-Kai

20-29

F

:44:39

14:22

159

Emily Kingery

20-29

F

:44:40

14:22

160

Noah Ah Chong

≤19

 

:45:30

14:38

161

Aaron Knell

≤19

 

:47:59

15:26

162

KenyaNobriga

30-39

F

:47:59

15:26

163

Kim Krell

40-49

F

:48:36

15:38

164

Jessa Dunn

≤19

F

:48:37

15:38

165

Kyla Dunn

40-49

F

:48:41

15:39

166

Dolly Hank

30-39

F

:49:30

15:55

167

Khevani Nobriga

≤19

F

:50:20

16:11

168

Ben Wyatt

≤19

 

:50:21

16:11

169

Eric Wyatt

40-49

 

:50:23

16:12

170

Chasaty Mahu

30-39

F

:51:55

16:41

171

Anissa Norwood

30-39

F

:53:30

17:12

172

Nicole Kelson

30-39

F

:54:21

17:29

173

Pua Kaaihue

30-39

F

:54:24

17:29

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November 26, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Track Honors Island’s Best

   The Big Island Interscholastic Federation recently released its 2009 Track & Field All-Star list naming Kau’s Jacob Edwards and Hawaii Prep’s Ku’uipo Nakoa Male/Female Athlete of the Year.

   Edwards, a slender six foot junior, won individual honors during the BIIF championships in the triple jump, 110 and 300 hurdles, and placed second in the long jump and fourth in the 200 meter dash to single-handedly score a whopping 42 points.

  Nakoa won the 200 meter dash, long and triple jumps and placed second in the 100 dash to amass 38 individual points and went on to help HPA finish first in the 1600 relay and second in the 400 relay.

   At the HHSAA track and field championships held in Keaau Edwards claimed titles in both the 110 and 300 hurdles while Nakoa won the state gold medal in the long jump.

   Also coming away with double wins in the BIIF championship were HPA’s Noelani Vargas who swept the 1500 meter run and later returned to win the 800.

   Waiakea’s Ka’imi Scott won the BIIF 400 dash and then captured the 200 dash to make it a double gold day for the Warrior junior.  

   A trio of freshman became BIIF champions as Keaau’s Randi Estrada won the girls 400 dash, then went on to the state championships to claim a third place medal.  Hilo’s Shina Chung claimed a BIIF title in pole vault and HPA’s Shane Brostek won the league title for the shot.

   Surprises came when Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell could only muster a second place finish at the BIIF 3000 meter run, but turned things around by running her best at the state championships to win a second place medal and clock an incredible time of 10 minutes 48 seconds.

   In the boy’s hurdles no one in the state could catch the “King,” Jacob Edwards, but Hilo’s TJ Dela Cruz was not only the second best in the BIIF, for both the 110 and 300, he was also second best in the state.

   And when it came to the 300 hurdles it was the BIIF’s fifth seed, Keaau’s Broc Bangloy, and third seed, Hilo’s Cameron Calistro going fourth and fifth in the state respectively to give the BIIF boy’s four out of the state’s top five medals.

   Yet, another surprise, came from BIIF runner-up Jordan Lerma from Kamehameha who went onto break the 2 minute barrier in the 800 at the state meet to collect a third place medal with Keaau’s Daniel Brooks, the BIIF fourth seed, winning fifth at state.

   HPA’s Mindy Campbell finished the BIIF championships as the runner-up in the high jump to Waiakea’s Cassie Morigaki, but at the state championships Campbell leaped her personal best 5-04 to win the state title, while Morigaki claimed fifth.

   The BIIF All-Star team is based upon the athletes placing in a particular event during the BIIF championships.  Athletes who placed first were selected to the first team, those that placed second were second team selections and those that placed in any of the scoring positions, from third to sixth, were given an honorable mention.

   Hilo High won the boys BIIF team title by more than 60 points in a runaway victory for Coach Bill McMahon.  McMahon has accumulated the most team titles of an  active BIIF track & field  coach, winning his 18th team title (boys and girls combined) over an illustrious 19 years with the Vikings.

   McMahon was selected by league coaches as the Coach of the Year a title he has won on numerous occasions.  “I don’t count those things,” McMahon said of winning Coach of the Year.  “What I count are the former athletes that I see on the street that bother to approach me and say “thanks coach”.

   “Alex Kane, Clarence Andrade and Norb Keolanue all gave me the same advice,” McMahon said, “surround yourself with good people.”

   Kamehameha girls came away with a narrow four point victory over HPA to claim the BIIF team title and for their efforts the entire Warrior coaching staff was named Coach of the Year.

   Kamehameha Schools coach, Troy Souza, was elated with his team’s success and in the sharing of the Coach of the Year award with the rest of his staff.

   “It is an honor to have our coaching staff named Coach of the Year,” Souza said.  “This is something that couldn’t be done without the effort and success of our students.”

   For the private school Warriors it was a season filled with emotion and hard work.  “As a school we had so many school records broken this year which goes to show how hard these students worked,” Coach Souza said.

   BIIF track & field coaches voted for boy’s and girl’s coach of the year and the results were released by the leagues “Games Committee.”

May 31, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Boy’s Track & Field All-Star List

BIIF All-League Boys Track and Field 2009

Athlete of the Year: Jacob Edwards JR Ka’u

Coach of the Year: Bill McMahon, Hilo

 

Event 1st Team 2nd Team
110 Hurdles Jacob Edwards JR Ka’u Thomas Delacruz SR Hilo
100m Chan Spikes JR Hilo Charles Clay SR Hilo
1500m Mark Turner SR Hilo Jake Shiraki SR Honoka’a
400m Kaimi Scott JR Waiakea Jordan Lerma SR Kamehameha
300m Hurdles Jacob Edwards JR Ka’u Thomas Delacruz SR Hilo
800m Dakota Smith SR Konawaena Jordan Lerma SR Kamehameha
200m Kaimi Scott JR Waiakea Charles Clay SR Hilo
3000m Eli Hart SR Hawaii Prep Mark Turner SR Hilo
High Jump Sam Unger SR Konawaena Mtume Msizkizi-Jackson SR Kea’au
Pole Vault Scott Hunter SR Hilo (Tie) Caleb Friel SR Kamehameha,David King SR Hilo
Long Jump Mtume Msizkizi-Jackson SR Kea’au Jacob Edwards JR Ka’u
Triple Jump Jacob Edwards JR Ka’u Mtume Msizkizi-Jackson SR Kea’au
Discus Throw Jordon Loeffler SR Hilo Elliot Kastner SR Hawaii Prep
Shot Put Shane Brostek FR Hawaii Prep Jordon Loeffler SR Hilo

Honorable Mention

 Waiakea:  Travis Winters

Christian Liberty: Jeremy Grotenhuis, Justin Pang

Hawaii Prep: George Twigg-Smith, Tyler Tsubota

Hilo: Billy Ray, Leo Campbell, Bronson Kahaleua, Alan Tilanus, James Yoshimoto, Cameron Calistro

Honoka’a: Ian Laird, Chris Mosch

Kea’au: Jesse Huihui, Edward Dalton, Broc Bangloy, Daniel Brooks, Patrick Understeller, Jelani Alcott, Jelani Young

Kealakehe: Remington Noguchi, Jake Jordan, Luca Walter

Kohala: Ethan Meikle, Conn Wallman

Konawaena: Austin Denike, Ricky Pekala

Kamehameha: Kainoa Crum, Manta Dircks, Isaac DeRego, Pon

May 30, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Runners Set to Leave Mark at HHSAA Championships

Kau's Jacob Edwards leads the state in 110 & 300 hurdles
Kau’s Jacob Edwards leads the state in 110 & 300 hurdles

      Runners, jumpers and throwers from around the state are flocking to the Big Island for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association track & field championships to be held at Keaau on Friday and Saturday.

    The Punahou boys and Kamehameha-Oahu girls are the defending state champions and are loaded with talent in what should be a well contested meet in Keaau.

   Several Big Island Interscholastic Federation athletes will be in the mix to compete for individual state titles.

    Leading the way is Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ku’uipo Nakoa who is the BIIF Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

    Nakoa is ranked No.1 in the state long jump with a leap of 17 feet 9 inches, more than seven inches further than any other girl in the state has jumped.

   The Ka Makani junior is also ranked third in the triple jump, 36’ 10.25”, third in the 400 meter dash, 59.57 seconds, third in the 200 dash, 26.03 seconds and third in the 100 dash with a hand time of 12.5 seconds.

   “I think my best chance of winning a gold medal would be in the long jump, but who knows,” Nakoa said.  “We’ll all be pushing each other and we’ll all have our adrenaline pumping, so anything can happen.”

   “I’d really, really like to win the 100 and I’d like to do my best in that event as well,” Nakoa said.

   Hilo’s Cory Schattuaer, the BIIF champion in the 100 dash, is ranked second in that event, 12.70, behind state leader Punahou’s Ashley Satterwhite of Punahou who has clocked 12.53.

   A pair of BIIF girls is ranked in the 300 hurdles, with Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Aubrey Lea Shaw listed as third, 47.61, and HPA’s Kini Shuping, who won the BIIF title, fourth at 47.48.  Shuping is also fourth in the state in the triple jump with a leap of 35-05.5.

   The BIIF champions, Kamehameha girls, 4×100 team of Heidi Hall, Lilinoe Heaukulani, Bronte Kaneakua and Jessica Marote ranks fourth in the state at 51.08 seconds while the HPA girls 4×400 team of Nakoa, Shuping, Hana Scully and Noelani Vargas is ranked fifth at 4:13.61.

   Adding to the list of top BIIF girls are HPA’s Mindy Campbell and Waiakea’s Cassie Morigaki who are in a four way tie for high jump clearing five feet two inches early in the season.  Radford’s Kaeli Patton sits in first place at 5-4.

  “We are hobbling through some injuries, as Mindy, who jumped 5-2 in the first three meets sat out the last three weeks prior to the BIIF championships because of a foot injury,” HPA coach, Pat Lau said.

   “Ku’uipo (Nakoa) has been experiencing some pain somewhere, but she won’t tell me, it might be in her thigh or hip, but that won’t stop her from running at states,” Lau said. 

   HPA is taking ten girls to Keaau for the state championships and they are listed in 19 events and the two relays, which has Lau hopeful that his girls can advance into 14 events and two relays in the finals, on Saturday.

     “Our goal is to be in the top five.  If the gods are on our side and the planets are lined up right we could score 85 points, but realistically 48 to 55 points is a more real number,” Lau said. 

    “The way the different girl teams look 65 points will win it.  There are no dominating teams.  Punahou and Radford have the sprinters, Maui has a great middle and distance running, and Kahuku is good in field events,” Lau said.

    For the boys it is the BIIF’s most outstanding male athlete, Kau’s Jacob Edwards, has the best chance at bringing home two or three state individual titles.

  1. The Trojan is also ranked fourth in the triple jump with his hop-skip-and jump of 45-06.5.

   “I like my chances in the 300 hurdles as there is more room for adjustment during the race,” Edwards said.  “I need to keep my head up, but I don’t want to put the cart before the horse and I must remain humble.”

    Edwards placed second in the state last year in both the 110 and 300 hurdles and was sixth in the triple jump.

   Close behind Edwards is a talented Thomas Delacruz of Hilo who ranks third in the state for the 110 at 14.97 and second in the 300 at 40.05.

   Hilo also brings to the track some of the best sprinters in the state with Charles Clay, No. 3, in the 100 dash at 11.09 and No. 3 in the 200 at 22.51.

   Teammate Bronson Kahaleua follows Clay in the 200 with the fourth fastest time in the state, 22.53, with Waiakea’s Ka’imi Scott fifth at 22.66.

   The Viking boys 4×100 relay team of Chan Spikes, Kahaleua, Clay and Karl Ancheta is ranked fourth in the state at 43.17 seconds.

   Konawaena’s Dakota Smith holds down the No. 2 state position in the 800 meter run, 1:59.81, with Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Jordan Lerma at No. 3, 2:00.15.  King Kekaulike’s Reid Hunter brings the fastest time in the 800 clocking 1:58.61 earlier in the season.

   In pole vault it is Hilo’s David King bringing his early season clearance of 15 feet as the No. 1 height in the state.  King has been hampered with some nagging injuries and was only able to clear 13 feet during the BIIF championships.  Teammate and defending BIIF champion in the pole vault, Scott Hunter, cleared 13-6 to win the event.

   Kamehameha’s Caleb Friel is ranked No. 3 in pole vault with his early season height of 14 feet.

   The Vikings should also score points in the shot with Jordan Loeffler ranked No. 5 at 52-05.5 toss.

   “Our boys and girls are just hoping to make second day appearances in all events,” Kamehameha-Hawaii coach, Troy Souza said.  “Our girls have a better shot at getting points and whatever points we get will be greatly welcomed.”

   The Warrior girls won the BIIF team title last week at Keaau and are hoping to carry their success into this week’s championship.  “The girls are really motivated and trying to carry any momentum into this week state track meet,” Souza said.

   The HHSAA track and field state championship begins this Friday at Keaau with the qualifying heats for each event.  On Saturday the championships conclude with event finals.

   General admission tickets are $7, students in grades K-12 are $5; students, and Senior Citizens are $5.  No outside food will be allowed within the stadium, no coolers, no tenting anywhere in the stands and parking will not be permitted at Keaau’s upper gym parking lot, that area is reserved for officials and workers, according to Keaau athletic director, Iris McGuire.

May 15, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF runners rank high in State

Kona's Kaua Wall #4 in state 400

Kona's Kaua Wall #4 in state 400

Waiakea's Ka'imi Scott #3 in state 400
Waiakea’s Ka’imi Scott #3 in state 400

Smith, Wall and Scott made long strides this past Saturday at a Big Island Interscholastic Federation track & field meet at Konawaena.

    Kona’s Dakota Smith established himself as the number one 800 meter runner by powering his way to a close victory over Kamehameha’s Jordan Lerma.

   Smith came into the final heat of the boy’s 800 meter run as the clear favorite and quickly jumped out to a fast start running the opening lap in 56 seconds.

   “My target was to hit a 57 or 58 second first lap and I went out a little too fast,” Smith said after winning the event.

   Lerma was determined to stay with Smith, but faded back 10 meters at one point during the race with the rest of the field more than 30 meters behind Lerma after the opening lap.

   “I began to hear someone coming up on me with 250 meters to go,” Smith said.  That someone was Lerma who began to make his move on the back straightaway to close the gap.

   With 50 meters to go Lerma had pulled up with Smith as the two boys sprinted their way to the finish.  In the final 10 meters Smith pulled a stride ahead of the determined Warrior to win in 1:59.81 with Lerma clocking in at 2:00.15.

    Smith’s time propelled him into the state’s number one ranking with Lerma now being ranked third in the state.  Keaau’s Daniel Brooks did not race on Saturday, but hold down the state’s number four position for the 800.

    “I don’t really care about the ranking,” Smith said after it was announced that he was #1 in the state.  “It’s just paper and it doesn’t mean much.  I will mean more if I can win the state meet.”

    “I felt good at this meet,” Smith said.  “This was probably the first time this season that I ran without having a blister, or feeling sick, or having some other kind of problem.”

   “I heard about that kid (Lerma) before, from cross-country, but I never expected him to be up there with me.  Running on my home turf made a difference as I like this track as I practice on it all the time,” Smith said.

   Smith believes that by the end of the season he’ll be able to get under 1:59.  “My coaches, Lopaka (Robert May) and Ken (Foreman) have raised the bar for me and I give them a lot of the credit.”

   For Lerma it was a big surprise to run 2 minutes flat in the 800.  “I’ve never run that fast before as my goal coming in was to just get under 2:06 (his personal best),” he said.

   “I just stayed focused during the race and I tried to stay with him (Smith) up to the 600 meter mark.  I was hoping I could outkick him with 200 to go, Lerma said.”

     With confidence in hand Lerma now expressed his desire to get under 1:59.  “I’m going to try for a 1:58 and I believe that Dakota is a good guy to run against.  I’ll focus on the 800 as I have the speed of a sprinter and the experience of a long distance runner,” Lerma said.

    In the girls 400 meter dash it was Kona’s Kaua Wall and Keaau’s freshman sensation, Randi Estrada wowing the crowd.

   Wall blazed through the one lap race in the BIIF fastest time this season clocking in at 61.25 seconds, which ranks her number five in the state, with Estrada taking second in 61.55 seconds and a number 7 state ranking.

   Longtime Kona coach, Ken Foreman, said of his 400 meter runner “Kaua doesn’t have a lot of speed, but she has a lot of guts.  She is probably one of the nicest and easiest kids to coach and one of the reasons that I continue to coach.”

   Wall was equally complimentary of her coach saying, “Coach Ken has been pushing me hard in practice and I just wanted to do it for him.”  

   The Wildcat hit the halfway point right on her target goal of 29 seconds and was pleased with her effort.  “I’m trying extra hard this year and during the race I just dug deep and pushed hard,” she said.  “I know with hard work I’ll be able to get under 60 seconds this season.”

   Better known for her soccer skills where she captured the BIIF’s MVP award, Wall will be attending college at Hawaii Pacific University on a partial athletic scholarship.  “I’m hoping to convert from a midfielder to a forward at HPU as I want to be attacking,” she said. 

   Another 400 meter runner, Waiakea’s Ka’imi Scott, established himself as the top BIIF runner in that event this season.

   Scott used the 100 meter dash earlier in the morning as a warm up, then went out and opened his 400 with a 24 second 200 split to win the event in 51.60 seconds.

   “I was actually trying to go 26 seconds at the halfway mark, so I went out too fast,” Scott said.  “I know I need to pace myself better in the beginning and push really hard at the end.”

   Scott’s 400 time raised his state ranking to #3 in that event, but the junior Warrior isn’t satisfied with where he is at.  “I’d like to get under 50 seconds.  I like running at the Kona track because the surface is hard and it has longer straight-aways,” he said.

    Scott anchored his team during the 4×400 relay which won the event and raised Waiakea’s state relay ranking to #5.  Hilo didn’t run a 1600 relay on Saturday, but continues to hold down the state’s #3 ranking.

     Other BIIF runners ranked in the state top five are:

BOY’s

Hilo  Bronson Kahaleua, #2, 200; Thomas Delacruz, #2 300 hurdles, #3, 110 hurdles; Mark Turner, #3, 3000; David King, #1 pole vault, Scott Hunter, #4 pole vault, Jordan Loeffler, #5 shot put.

Kamehameha’s Caleb Friel, #3 pole vault.

Kau’s Jacob Edwards, #1 for 110 & 300 hurdles, #3, triple jump.

GIRL’s

HPA’s Ku’uipo Nakoa #1 triple jump, #2, 100 meters and long jump, #4, 200; Ka Makani 4×400 relay #3.

Kamehameha’s Aubrey Lea Shaw, #2, 300 hurdles.

Kohala’s Julia Naumes, #4 shot put

Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell, #5, 3000.

HPA’s Mindy Campbell & Waiakea’s Cassie Morigaki are in a three way tie for first in high jump

April 20, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment