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BIIF All League Girl’s for Track & Field

BIIF All-League Girls Track and Field 2009                      

Athlete of the Year: Ku’uipo Nakoa JR Hawaii Prep

Coach of the Year: Kamehameha Coaches

Event 1st Team 2nd Team
110 Hurdles Aubrey Lea Shaw SR Kamehameha Cheray Brzezowski SR Kamehameha
100m Corie Schattauer SR Hilo Ku’uipo Nakoa JR Hawaii Prep
1500m Noelani Vargas SR Hawaii Prep Tialana Greenwell SO Honoka’a
400m Randi Estrada FR Keaau Bronte Kaneakua JR Kamehameha
300m Hurdles Kini Shuping SR Hawaii Prep Aubrey Lea Shaw SR Kamehameha
800m Noelani Vargas SR Hawaii Prep Kaitlyn Chock JR Waiakea
200m Ku’uipo Nakoa JR Hawaii Prep Corie Schattuaer SR Hilo
3000m Athena Oldfather JR Honoka’a Tialana Greenwell SO Honokaa
High Jump Cassie Morigaki SR Waiakea (Tie) Mindy Campbell JR Hawaii PrepErika Cushnie JR Hawaii Prep
Pole Vault Chung FR Hilo Sydney Budde FR Hawaii Prep
Long Jump Ku’uipo Nakoa  JR Hawaii Prep Cheray Brzezowski SR Kamehameha
Triple Jump Ku’uipo Nakoa JR Hawaii Prep Cheray Brzezowski SR Kamehameha
Discus Throw Kaopuanani Sutton JR Kamehameha Ariel Moniz SR Hilo
Shot Put Brianna Vargas-Hafoka  JR Kamehameha Julia Naumes SR Kohala

Honorable MentionChristian Liberty:

Hawaii Prep: Tatiana Marti, Lana Queen, Kela Vargas, Hana Scully

Hilo: Linda Sunia, Alyssa Hoshide, Shalila De Bourmont

Honoka’a: Kim Kishimoto

Kea’au: Ariana Graham, Amy Eriksson, Azmera Hammouri, Kathleen Van Cleave

Kealakehe: Rachael Bianchi, Kaila Voss

Kohala: Mary Josephine Osorio

Konawaena: Anuhea Wall, Anjelica Sanderson, Kaua Wall

Kamehameha: Lilinoe Heaukulani, Lyan Apilado, Jessica Marote, Victoria Evans-Bautista, Natasha Ah Chong, Kaitlyn Yamamoto, Kekelaokalaui Bennett, Corin Kim

Ku O Ka La: Lorena Shire

Waiakea: Alyssa Buyuan, Kelsie Kobayashi,


May 29, 2009 Posted by | Events, High School Runners, High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hilo Boys, HPA Girls win BIIF track & field relays

     The Big Island Interscholastic Federation held its annual track & field relays this past Saturday with the Hilo boys and Hawaii Prep girls taking top team honors.

    Keaau’s Mtume Msizkizi-Jackson and Kohala’s Julia Naumes was selected by the BIIF Games Committee as the “Most Valuable” all around athletes from the relays meet.

   For Msizkizi-Jackson it was the second consecutive year that the Cougar senior had been named Most Valuable.

   “I was surprised to have been selected,” Msizkizi-Jackson said after receiving his plaque.  “I am happy that our team did well in the meet, as I will do whatever it takes to help my team.”

   The meet was scored for each of the relay events with the winner getting ten points, second place eight points, third place six points, down to sixth place receiving one point.

   After the official scorer, Bob Martin, tabulated the results it was the Hilo boys edging out Keaau by one point.

   Msizkizi-Jackson was entered in six events, the maximum allowed during a track & field meet, and excelled in each finishing no worse than second in all of his events.

   “I thought my triple jump was the worse of the season,” he said.  “I had trouble extending into the pit and felt that I could hardly make the jump.”  Despite his harsh criticism he was still able to hit 42 feet 1 inch to place second.

   Msizkizi-Jackson won the long jump and anchored his shuttle hurdle team to a first place finish while helping his teammates to second place finishes in the 4×100, 4×400 and sprint medley relays.

   The multi talented Cougar will be attending Malone University in Canton, Ohio on a football scholarship.  “I like track and I like the environment and friendly atmosphere, but I’ll play wide receiver in college because it will help me get an education,” he said

   Kohala senior, Julia Naumes, was selected Most Valuable due to her winning two individual events and her versatility in running several relay events, according to the Games Committee.

   Naumes, who came into Saturday’s meet ranked seventh in the state in the shot put, raised her state standing with a toss of 38 feet 1 inch.

   “That’s the farthest I’ve ever thrown,” an elated Naumes said after the meet.  “My furthest throw was 34’ 11.75” last year, but I’ve been throwing 35 and 36 feet during practice.”

   Naumes didn’t waste any time during the shot event launching her 38’ 1” toss on her first throw with an explosive finish.  “I didn’t think it was a good throw when I released the shot, but I knew that my release was good.”

    Kohala throwing coach and former state shot champion, Kealii Freitas, had high praise for Naumes.  “Her technique is finally coming together and her release at the end is coming around.  When she launched her first throw I knew it was a good one, then on her second throw she went over 36 feet,” he said.

    “Julia has the ability to throw over 40 feet and we’re happy that the BIIF and state championships are at Keaau as that is her favorite ring,” Freitas said.

    Later in the day Naumes went onto win the discus throw and later anchored a mixed team relay made up of throwers from Waiakea to win that event.

   Kohala has only four girls on their track team and Naumes is the only thrower, but the Cowgirls put together a distance relay with Naumes running the 1200 meter leg and the team finished in third place, good enough for six points.

     Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell and Jake Shiraki won the prestigious “Distance Award” presented by Kohala coach, Tom McCue.

   Greenwell, just a sophomore, easily won the event by getting out quickly and separating herself from the rest of the field to win in 5:12.22.

   For teammate Shiraki it was a more difficult task as the senior was running in second for most of the race to Keaau’s Daniel Brooks.

   “I just wanted to keep it close and not let Daniel get away from me,” Shiraki said after the race.  “I knew he was good and I was hoping that it would come down to a sprint at the end.

    The Dragon senior got his way as Brooks led the entire way before Shiraki made his move in the final straightaway.  With 10 meters to go Shiraki slipped by Brooks to steal the victory away clocking 4:22.71 to Brooks 4:22.78.

     McCue, a longtime distance runner, makes the annual presentation for the top male and female 1500 meter runner.  For Greenwell this was her second consecutive victory and the third for the Greenwell family as her sister Alicia won the award in 2007.

    “I have another sister that will be running for us next year and she’s a good runner too,” Greenwell said.  

     Both Greenwell and Shiraki left the meet within an hour after winning the distance award to participate in Honokaa’s prom being held later that evening.

   HPA, who won the overall girl’s team title, was without several key athletes and coach, Pat Lau, had high praise for one of his girls.

   “Our team MVP for this meet has to be Sydney Budde,” he said.  “She had never done the pole vault before and she cleared 8 feet 6 inches to win that event.  We also used her in the 4×800 relays and the 1500 distance medley.”

   Lau felt that Budde, who is just a freshman, contribution was worthy of his team MVP honors as the Ka Makani went onto win all their distance events.

   The BIIF season returns to a regular track & field format with an all-schools meet scheduled for Konawaena with field events and the 3000 meter run starting at 9 a.m.

Honokaa's Tia Greenwell & Jake Shiraki are awarded koa bowls for being the top 1500 meter runners in the BIIF

Honokaa's Tia Greenwell & Jake Shiraki are awarded koa bowls for being the top 1500 meter runners in the BIIF

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Health and Fitness, High School Track & Field | , , , , | Leave a comment

Kohala’s Naumes leads league in Shot & Discus

Jacob Edwards leads state in hurdles

Jacob Edwards leads state in hurdles

Kohala Senior, Julia Naumes, hits new heights

Kohala Senior, Julia Naumes, hits new heights

The defending Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion in the shot put, Kohala’s Julia Naumes, is leading the league in shot and discus this year.
Naumes, who moved to Kohala from Idaho three years ago, has made a name for herself through being on the Cowboy track & field team.
“My family moved here at the beginning of my sophomore year and track has helped me make the adjustment as I’ve made a lot of friends through sports,” Naumes said.
For the past four years Naumes has participated in the “Iron Wood Throwers Development Camp” in Spokane, Washington, which is a five day camp for some of the best track throwers in the nation.
“I’ve been coached by former Olympian, Wolfgang Schmidt, and the camp has taught me a lot about throwing the shot and discus,” she said. “At the camp they divide the shot/discus throwers into one group and the javelin/hammer throwers into another. It has provided me with a lot of knowledge about my sport.”
(Schmidt won the silver medal in the discus for East Germany during the 1976 Olympics and is a former World Record holder.)
Naumes currently ranks in the top ten in the state for both the shot and discus throws and she believes that she will be able to contend for the state title in May.
“The shot has always been my favorite event because it’s what I’ve been best at,” she said. “But I’m getting better at the discus and I’m hoping to win the BIIF championships in both events.”
Naumes has set her sights on being able to throw the shot 40 feet and the discus 120 feet by the end of the season in order to possibly win the state crown.
“I finished fourth in the state for shot my sophomore year and was sixth last year and I’m hoping to do better than that now that I’m in my senior year.”
Naumes has been recruited by several universities but has not signed a letter of intent. “I’m looking at where I can get the best financial package and right now I’m leaning towards Pacific University,” she said.
Another senior, Hilo’s Charles Clay, has his sights on breaking the 11 second barrier for the 100 meter dash.
Clay already has the third fastest time in the state for the 100, clocking 11.2 seconds in an earlier meet this season and has been focusing on developing more flexibility in order to lengthen his strides.
“I know I need more work in flexibility and that I need to work harder at practice,” Clay said. “My coach has put me in the 200 to help me work on my strides and hopefully that will make me faster.”
Clay also runs on the Viking 4×100 relay team at the anchor position and this past Saturday at Kamehameha he was placed on the 4×400 relay team and ran the third leg.
“I won the BIIF last year in the 100 and made it to states in both the 100 and 200,” he said. “But my primary focus is on doing a good job at the 100 as I need to get under 11 seconds.”
Clay has also been helpful to teammate Chance Spikes as the two works out during practice and have pushed each other during the meets. As a result Spikes ranks seventh in the state with a personal best, 11.22 seconds.
Kau’s Jacob Edwards comes into BIIF action as the number one hurdler in the state for both the 110 and 300 meter events.
This past Saturday Edwards served notice on the rest of the state that he will be a force in the triple jump as well as the Trojan junior hop-skipped-jumped his way to an impressive 45 feet 2 inch leap.
Kau coach, Bob Martin, believes that Edwards can excel in anything he tries. “Jacob is one of those kids that can do well in all of the six events that he runs,” Martin said. “By the end of this season he’ll be doing the triple jump beyond 46 feet and by next year he’ll be hitting 48 to 50 feet.”
Edwards agrees with his coach, saying that 46 feet in the triple is within his reach for this season. “I like doing the triple jump and the 110 hurdles, but there is still room for improvement in both,” he said.
“I need to the most work in my sprinting events as I need to get quicker in the starts and, of course, I need more conditioning. I can always use more conditioning,” Edwards said.
Edwards’ sister, Larissa, was a state champion in the hurdles and received a scholarship to run for the University of Wyoming where she is now rated in the top ten in her conference as a freshman.
Edwards is the defending BIIF champion in the 300 hurdles and the long jump and this year hopes to add the 110 hurdles and triple jump to his glowing championship resume.

April 6, 2009 Posted by | Events, High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | Leave a comment