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Kamehameha Invitational Cross Country the “Premier” girls race in State

Girls start at Kamehameha Invitational

.KEAAU – Some of the best girls cross country runners in the state and in the nation laced up their shoes and participated in the three mile Kamehameha Invitational meet this past Saturday.

Anna Maxwell, ranked 18th in the nation by Mile Split, ran away with the race in a blistering time of 17 minutes and 54 seconds.

Maxwell, a sophomore from San Lorenzo High School in California, was challenged by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association defending state champion, Dakota Grossman from Seabury Hall on Maui.

“This is a great course as I’m used to lots of hills,” Maxwell said.  “I don’t usually get to run on grass, so this was special for me as the course made the race fun.”

Grossman, also a sophomore, clocked in at 18:40 and had high praise for the level of competition at the invitational.

“This is a tough course with great competition,” Grossman said.  “I ran a personal best for this course and one of my goals coming in was to get under 19 minutes.”


Mainland schools dominated the race and the Big Island Interscholastic Federation first girl to cross the finish line was Hilo’s Carmen Garson Shumway, tenth overall, and another sophomore.

“I was really surprised that I was the first girl from the BIIF,” Garson Shumway said.  “I went out faster than normal because of the competition, but still ran my own race.”

Garson Shumway had high praise for the newly designed course.

“This has always been my favorite course and now with the added hills it’s even better,” she said.  “I like the up and down that the hills provide and I’m very happy with my overall results.”

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Mariah Haight was the second harrier for the BIIF, finishing 13th overall.

Mariah Haight 

“Those California girls are really good and I just tried to keep my own pace and run my own race,” Haight said.  “I think I could have done better as Coach told us to run the first mile hard and finish the last half mile all out.”

In the boy’s varsity race it was the California schools grabbing the top five overall finishes with the BIIF top runners Kamehameha’s Shawn Correa Doll, St. Joseph’s Andrew Langtry, and Waiakea’s Jackson Halford finishing sixth through eighth respectively.

Correa Doll was a big surprise as the Warrior senior was in ninth after the first mile and needed to catch Langtry and Halford to move up in the standings.

“I had the advantage in running this course as this is where we practice each day,” Correa Doll said.  “I tried to conserve on my first mile by running it in 5:08 as I knew the race would come down to the final two miles.”

Correa Doll ran a smart race and it paid dividends in the end as he finished number one amongst BIIF runners, something that has never happened during his cross country career.

“I was hoping to come in first for BIIF runners today,” he said.  “I knew Jackson (Halford) went out too fast and I tried telling him during the race to slow up and relax.”

Halford’s quick start was a test, of sorts, and a lesson learned.

“I went out too fast, trying to keep up with the California guys,” Halford said.  “It cost me, as I really don’t like this course at all as they made it even harder.”

Even though Halford was passed near the end by both Correa Doll and Langtry, he remained optimistic about the overall race.

“I’m glad I got to practice on here as this is where the BIIF championships will be held,” Halford said.  “I’m really pleased that the California guys came as their presence helped push me to a higher level.”

San Lorenzo’s Nick Hicks won the boys varsity competition with a time 16 minutes 16 seconds.

San Lorenzo Valley swept the boys and girls team titles with Waiakea taking second for the boy’s varsity and Whittier Christian second for the girl’s varsity with HPA taking third for the ladies.

HPA coach Michael Franklin was also pleased with the level of competition as it proved to be a good test for his girls. 

“The Kamehameha Invitational has to be the premier girls Invitational in the State of Hawaii,” Franklin said.  “I’m thankful that the California girls were here as this makes us a lot better.  It was also fun to see our Big Island kids do well.”

Prior to the varsity races were the open races which saw the boys from Waiakea win the team title to a jubilant Warrior Coach Jordan Rosado.

“I think the hard work that our boys are putting in during practice is paying off,” Rosado said.  “I’m glad they won the team title as they deserve it.”

The BIIF cross country season takes a bye next Saturday before resuming action with an all schools meet at Waiakea on September 24 with the boys starting at 10 am followed by the girl’s race.

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Seabury’s Dakota Grossman and Kiana Smith headed to Kamehameha Invite

Heather and Dakota Grossman

Two of the best runners in the State headed to Kamehameha Invitational on Saturday.

Seabury’s Dakota Grossman, the defending state champion, and teammate Kiana Smith, the top freshman in the state, will be running at the Warrior Invite.

(Pictured are Heather Grossman on left with Daughter Dakota)

Some results from the Maui Interscholastic League, held this past Saturday:

OLINDA – Rocky Balala and Dakota Grossman both improved to 2-0 on the season with wins at Maui Interscholastic League cross-country meet No. 2 on Saturday at Seabury Hall.

Grossman, the defending state and MIL champion, won the girls race in a time of 18 minutes, 47 seconds, beating out Spartans teammate Kiana Smith (20:22).

Kiana Smith

Gracie Peck (21:06) finished third, Justine Malek (21:29) was fourth and Dylan Ross (22:10) was fifth as Seabury Hall posted 15 points. Baldwin placed second with 43 points.

Balala, last season’s MIL boys champion, finished in a time of 17:32 as Maui High swept the top three spots and won the team competition with 27 points, seven better than Seabury Hall.

Angelito Cuaresma (17:40) placed second and Nicola Perez-Garreaud (17:43) third.

The Lahainaluna Invitational is Sept. 17 at Kapalua.

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Harriers Langtry and Van Pernis come up with big wins at HPA

Start of girls race at HPA

Waimea –   Neither the wind, nor rain could deter St. Joseph’s Andrew Langtry and Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Kristiana Van Pernis from winning a Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross country meet this past Saturday on Ka Makani’s home course.

Langtry, who had never won a 3 mile cross country meet in his three years as a Cardinal, took the lead in the final 600 meters to gain top honors.

In the early going of the race it was Parker’s Jesse Tarnas jumping into the lead before Waiakea’s Jackson Halford took over a half mile into the start.

“I was content to stay with Jackson and let him lead for the majority of the race,” Langtry said.

“I decided, along with my coach that following Jackson up the hills would be a smart thing to do as it is harder to run in the lead than it is to follow the leader.”

Langtry’s game plan paid off as the race savvy Cardinal waited until the downhill portion, with less than a half mile to go to make his move.

“I noticed that Jackson was in trouble so I decided to go for it,” Langtry said.  “I told myself it was time to kick and I just passed him and kept on pushing the entire way to the finish.  This win encourages me to try even harder as I know I have a chance at winning the BIIF individual title.”


Langtry finished the difficult course in 19 minutes and 19 seconds with a visible shaken Halford dropping to third place and Kamehameha’s Shawn Correa Doll moving into second.

“I was hoping for a top three finish today,” Correa Doll said.  “I surprised myself coming in second and this now gives me the confidence that I am a legit contender for the league title if I continue to work hard.”

The real surprise came from Hilo’s Stephen Hunter who came in fourth place in a talented harrier field.

“I wasn’t expecting to be among the top runners as I was simply hoping for a top 15 finish,” Hunter said.  “Now I know I can be right there at the end of the season and perhaps challenge the leaders.”

Correa Doll

Despite Halford’s off day Waiakea still managed to bunch their lead runners and claim the overall team title to the delight of head coach Jordan Rosado.

“We have a shot at winning this year, as this is wide open,” Rosado jubilantly said.  “Any team can win this and we have a good a shot as anyone else.”

The girls race saw the host Ka Makani bunch their runners in a convincing team win with Van Pernis taking first and teammate Mariah Haight claiming third while Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi was sandwiched in between.

Van Pernis and Haight

“This is all surreal and it still hasn’t sunken in yet,” Van Pernis said.  “I wanted to stay close to the leaders and I felt so good going into the first hill that I decided to take the lead.”

Kobayashi led in the early going, but one mile into the race Van Pernis took the lead and separated herself.

“I live on a very hilly street and I trained all summer running the hill on my street,” Van Pernis said.  “I still need to be mentally tough in order to improve this season.”

Kobayashi had a little difficulty in running up the hills of HPA.

“I ran my hardest and gave it my all, but I haven’t gotten used to the elevation out here and I’m looking forward to running at Kamehameha next week where the course is flatter and is without much elevation,” Kobayashi said.

“I have no regrets as I left everything on the course,” the Waiakea senior said.

Ka Makani Haight had the duty of keeping two of her HPA teammates close to her.

“I went out really fast and I was supposed to be with my teammates, pacing them,” Haight said.  “Coach told us to go out fast and have fun and that is just what we did.  That is why I run cross country, for the fun and for the team.”

Garson Shumway

Hilo’s Carmen Garson -Shumway tried keeping it close and managed to break up the HPA pack by placing fourth overall.

“I was aiming to be in the top 5, but I started way back there and found myself in tenth place after the first mile,” Garson-Shumway said.  “I knew there was a lot of time in the race and I didn’t panic as I moved up during the final two miles.”

Hawaii Prep easily won the meet, but their coach, Michael Franklin thought there was still room for improvement.

“We did okay today,” Franklin said after the meet.  “We just got some additional work to do.”

The BIIF cross country competition moves to Kamehameha on Saturday starting at 10 am with four races on tap.

Kamehameha’s Invitational will include several mainland teams and also have defending Hawaii High School Athletic Association state champion Dakota Grossman from Seabury Hall along with teammate Kiana Smith.

Smith is consider the top freshman runner is the state and is expected to be somewhere in the top five of state competition.

Garson Shumway as well as several other BIIF runners are looking forward to a change in venue as the season moves to the back trails of Kamehameha.

“It’s my favorite course,” Garson-Shumway said of Kamehameha.  “And it will also be the site of the BIIF championships so it will be good to run there.”

Related links:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/biif-cross-country-team-scoring-from-hpa/



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Hilo Girls Win Kamehameha Invite

Girls start at Kam. Invitational, photo by Brad Ballesteros

KEAAU – Hilo High’s girls served noticed on the rest of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation by winning the highly competitive Kamehameha-Hawaii Invitational this past Saturday.

Led by senior Nadia Ramirez the Viking girls stood up to a talented field of harriers which included a team from Hawaii Baptist Academy on Oahu to capture the biggest team victory of their young season.

“I wasn’t sure about how we’d do in this meet today,” Viking coach, Bill McMahon said.  “We knew that Hawaii Prep was going to let their girls go in this meet, but we ran strong.”

Hilo won in team scoring with 45 points followed by HPA with 57 and HBA, who finished sixth in the state last year, with 69.

“We’re not looking at states at this point,” said a cautious McMahon.  “We need to win our own island first before I can look at the state meet.”

Dakota Grossman

Ramirez, who transferred to Hilo earlier this year from a school in California, made a name for herself at the all-schools meet on the Warrior campus by becoming the first BIIF girl to cross the finish line. 

Winning the meet was freshman Dakota Grossman from Seabury Hall on Maui.  Grossman’s older sister was an MIL champion and a state runner-up during her senior season last year.

“I didn’t expect to win today and was hoping for a top three finish,” Grossman said.  “The course was fun and not to hard or not too easy as it was mostly on grass.”

Grossman, who is already considered to be one of the top five runners in the state, went out quickly and led the entire way.  Within the first mile of the three mile race Grossman had already established a 30 second lead on her closest competitors, Ramirez and HBA’s Heidi Nicholls.

“My dad always teaches me to go out quickly so I pushed myself as hard as I could right from the beginning,” she said.  “On Maui I run alone and when my mom brought me here I was looking for something different.  I’m hoping to be in the top five in the state this year”

Grossman’s winning time of 19 minutes 15 seconds was nearly one minute ahead of Ramirez, 20:08, and HBA’s Nicholls, 20:16.  Three time defending BIIF champion, Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell, was fourth in 20:34.

It was only the second time in Greenwell’s illustrious cross country prep career that she had lost to a BIIF competitor.

Chris Mosch

“I don’t think about who I’m racing against and I don’t put any pressure on myself,” Ramirez said of her second place win.  “Our coach always wants us to do our best and that is exactly what I did today.  Something even better than how I did is that our team won.”

For the boys varsity competition it was the season debut of BIIF defending champion Chris Mosch from Honokaa.

Mosch had missed the first two meets of the season as he was still recovering from a stress fracture he received at the end of the track season in May. 

“It felt good to race again as it’s been a long four months of recovery,” Mosch said.  “I couldn’t wait for today to come as I had a lot of pent up excitement.”

Mosch left nothing in the tank as he went out quickly and jumped to an early lead with Rene Siqueiros of Watsonville, California in hot pursuit.

“Going into this race I had my sights on winning and I was hoping to run in the low 17 minute range,” Mosch said.

With 400 yards to go and with the finish line in sight Siqueiros began his kick and started to close on Mosch.  With 200 yards Mosch had slipped into second with Siqueiros hitting the tape at 16:43 and Mosch following two seconds later.

“I didn’t think I’d do this well, time wise, especially in this heat,” Mosch said.  “I knew I was in shape, cardio wise, as I never stopped conditioning after the injury.  I was doing pool running and biking nearly every day and I was looking forward to this day for a long time.

Dragon teammate, Joshua Robinson, also had a good day claiming fourth overall in 17:23 and helped his team to take second in scoring, just two points behind the winning Watsonville team.

“My goal today was to break into the top 10,” Robinson said.  “I took the lead with Chris (Mosch) in the early going and we were pacing off each other.  I didn’t have a strategy coming into the race as my entire focus was on my form and running my own race.”

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Mosch and Robinson went 1-2 in the all BIIF meet which places Honokaa as the team to beat once again in island competition.

“With Chris (Mosch) back our team is looking very strong,” Robinson said.  “I’m really pleased with how we did today especially in this heat and with the hard week of practice that we just put in.”

Also looking very strong was Christian Liberty Academy’s Jordan Grotenhuis who finished fifth overall and third amongst BIIF runners, edging out Hilo’s Tyde Kaneshiro and St. Joseph’s Andrew Langtry.

The BIIF will take a bye this coming Saturday and will resume with an all-schools meet on Sept. 25 on the campus of Waiakea.

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