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HPA’s Sims, Honokaa’s Moniz, crowned BIIF cross country champions

Zoe Sims

KEAAU – Honokaa’s Chayce Moniz and Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Zoe Sims won individual cross country titles and in the process led the Honokaa boys and HPA girls to team titles during the Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross country championships held Saturday at Kamehameha.

For Moniz and Sims it was the first time either had crossed the finished line in first place during a season of parity and unpredictability.

Sims credited her win to flying fruit, saying that images of being a plantain traveling through the air at 70 miles per hour made the difference during the race.

“I kept thinking of a poem our coach, Michael Franklin, read to the team called Problems with Hurricanes, as I kept seeing all these flying fruit during the race and I was a plantain,” Sims said.

With Sims victory the BIIF had seen six different girls win a meet in six weeks, with four of those girls wearing the red and white Ka Makani uniform.

talking about flying fruit

“I had fun today running with my teammates in the lead pack,” Sims said.  “We talked to each other and encouraged each other.”

Sims ran with teammates and previous BIIF winners, Kristiana Van Pernis and Mariah Haight as the threesome led from start to finish, while exchanging words.

Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi and Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway tried their best to stay with the leaders, but in the end finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

“I’m really excited about winning this race and I don’t want the season to end,” Sims said.

“Whenever Zoe would say something to me during the race, I answered her back,” runner up Van Pernis said.  “Zoe would say plantain and I’d say coconut.  The idea was to focus on other things and take the pressure off running.” 

“We always try to read poems to them before each race and we’d expect them to take that into the race,” Franklin said of his unusual race tactic.

Ka Makani girls dominated the team competition, as they’ve done all season long, capturing their fourth consecutive league title and their 34th league crown in the last 38 season.

“I guess now the secret to our success is out,” Franklin said with a wide grin.  “The ability to have six different winners in six weeks is a complement to the credit of the running programs on the Big Island”

HPA legend, Stan Shutes

Franklin also gave credit to HPA’s rich tradition of winning cross country titles to his predecessor, Stan Shutes.

“I walked into this program and I’m just glad that I can continue it during the years that I’ve been here, but Stan, who passed away this year, deserves much of the credit,” Franklin said.

Franklin’s assistant coach, Sarah Hayslip, English teacher at HPA, has implemented the reading of poems along with Franklin during the regular Monday team meeting.

“Our girls are made stronger by the level of talent here on the Big Island,” Franklin said.  “Girls like Kelsie and Carmen push our girls to be better and we are appreciative of the caliber of running they bring each week.”

Waiakea’s Kobayashi, a senior, was very pleased with her fourth place finish saying that she ran her best.

“I am blessed for having a supportive team, coaches and competitors,” Kobayashi said.  “I am also grateful to have had my parents at every race during my four years of running.”

Ka Makani harriers won the varsity 3 mile team scoring with 24 points followed by Hilo with 82.

In the boys race it was a health Chayce Moniz showing what he is capable of doing when healthy.

Moniz had been out early in the season with an illness, according to Honokaa Athletic Director Keith Tolentino.

“The boys team (Honokaa) had either illness or injuries throughout the season and we only got to see them running together in the last two meets,” Tolentino said.  “Our coaches, Josh Abner and Johnny Anderson, work really hard with the kids and they really push them.  Bottom line is whoever steps up during the last meet is what matters and these kids peaked at the right time.”

The Honokaa coaches and team declined to be interviewed after winning their fifth consecutive team title.

“I’m sorry, but my team and I have no comment and we don’t want to be interviewed until after states,” Moniz said.

Moniz victory was the only one of the season and Waiakea’s Jackson Halford who had won most of the meets during the season having high praise of his competitor.

Halford

“I ran my hardest and Chayce earned the win,” Halford said.  “I just tried pacing off him during the race as I didn’t expect him to be in the lead and he took me by surprise.”

Moniz and teammate Tony Conners took the early lead with a pack of four runners, in Halford, St Joseph’s Andrew Langtry, Kamehameha’s Shawn Correa Doll, Makua Lani’s Brandt Mabuni and Parkers Paul Gregg in hot pursuit.

“I never expected Chayce to hold the lead for the entire three miles,” Halford said.  “I was expecting him to die out at the end, but he didn’t.”

Honokaa beat out Waiakea in team scoring, 50 to 65, with a philosophical Waiakea coach Jordan Rosado.

“I’m happy with our second place finish,” Rosado said.  “It is better than coming in third.”

The top two boys and girls teams, HPA and Hilo, along with Honokaa and Waiakea, won the automatic berth to the HHSAA championships along with the top 38 boys and 37 girls to the state championship coming up on Saturday on the island of Maui.

October 23, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

BIIF Approved Track and Field Schedule for 2012 season

BIIF track officials

2011-12 BIIF TRACK AND FIELD SCHEDULE

PROPOSED 6/9/2011

START DATE: FEB 6, 2012

PRE-SEASON COACHES MEETING MARCH 14, 2012 @ HONOKAA LIBRARY   6:30PM

BIIF TRACK OFFICIALS MEETING MARCH 7, 2012 @ WAIAKEA HIGH  LIBRARY  6:00PM

DATE / DAY

LOCATION

TIME

SET-UP / CLEAN-UP

 MARCH 31  SAT   KAMEHAMEHA  FIELD 2:00pmRUNNING 3:00pm   WAIAKEA, KAU
Konawaena FIELD 9:00amRUNNING 10:00am  
 APRIL 7 SAT   KEA’AU   FIELD 2:00pmRUNNING 3:00pm  HILO, PAHOA, ST. JOSEPH, CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
 HPA Stan Shutes Track  FIELD 9:00amRUNNING 10:00am HONOKAA, PARKER,  MAKUA LANI
 APRIL 14 SAT  Konawaeana (ALL SCHOOLS)   FIELD 9:00amRUNNING 10:00am KEALAKEHE, KOHALA
 APRIL 21 SAT  KAMEHAMEHA (ALL SCHOOLS)  FIELD 2:00pmRUNNING 3:00pm  WAIAKEA, HILO
 APRIL 28 SAT   Hawaii Prep  (ALL SCHOOLS)   FIELD 9:00amRUNNING 10:00am KEALAKEHE, KOHALA
 MAY 4   FRI  KEA’AU   (BIIF TRIALS)  FIELD 2:00pmRUNNING 3:00pm  ALL SCHOOLS
 MAY 5   SAT  KEA’AU   (BIIF FINALS)  FIELD 3:00pmRUNNING 4:00pm  ALL SCHOOLS
 MAY 11/12  FRI/SAT   HHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS(TBA)  Keaau High  

Coordinators:   TOM CORREA   Waiakea AD and    KEITH TOLENTINO  Honokaa AD

October 16, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , | 2 Comments

BIIF Track & Field Officials Recognized

Pictured left to right: Dick Sutton, Keith Tolentino, Bob Martin, Kimo Weaver, Myron Isherwood, Iris McGuire, Tom Correa

  BIIF AWARD CEREMONY   

    Dick Sutton, President of the Hawaii Association USA Track & Field, presented five Big Island Interscholastic Federation officials certificates for their contributions to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Track and Field championships held at Keaau in May 2009.  This was the first time that a State track meet was held on the Big Island.   

   Pictured are President of the Hawaii Association USA Track & Field  Dick Sutton, Honokaa’s Keith Tolentino, Kau’s Bob Martin, Kamehameha’s Kimo Weaver, Myron Isherwoon, Keaau’s Iris McGuire, and Waiakea’s Tom Correa. 

   Myron Isherwood, previously recognized as the State Official of the Year.

   Sutton also acknowledged the many people, behind the scenes, who made contributions to the state track & field meet held at Keaau last May.  Vicki Chai-Guerpo, Joel Peralto, Jaime Guerpo, Faith Nance, Randee Arkin Joseph, Curt Beck, Chris Drayer, Jordan & Ipo Rosado, Sherman Viernes, Sally Wilburn, George Ikeda, Jerry Lomongo and more made the first ever state track & field meet at Keaau a success.  Congratulations to all!

April 14, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

HHSAA Wrestling Championships Postponed Due to Tsunami Alert

Kamehameha's Jenna Aina advanced to Sunday's semi finals

Tsunami Warnings have postponed the Boys and Girls state wrestling championships until Sunday, according to Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestling coordinator, Keith Tolentino.

“We’re going to have weigh INS at 7a.m. on Sunday and then go straight through with the matches, without any breaks,” Tolentino said.

After day one of the HHSAA Champions there were eleven BIIF wrestlers advancing to the semi finals.

Following are the girl’s team standings after opening day trials:

HHSAA Wrestling Championships Girls Standings

 
1 KAH Kahuku 76.0
2 PUN Punahou 59.0
3 PEC Pearl City 58.5
4 KSK Kam.-Oahu    56.0
5 AIE Aiea 50.0
6 KSH Kam-Hawaii 45.0
7 LAH Lahainaluna 36.0
8 KON Konawaena 31.5
9 CAM Campbell 26.0
10 ROS Roosevelt 24.0
11 IOL Iolani 23.0
12 MOL Molokai 21.5
13 RAD Radford 21.0
14 KEA Kealakehe 19.0
15 KLN Kalani 18.0
15 KPO Kapolei 18.0
17 MOA Moanalua 16.0
18 FAR Farrington 14.0
18 HON Honokaa 14.0
20 MAU Maui 13.0
21 MCK McKinley 12.0
22 HAN Hana 11.0
23 PBA Pacific Buddhist 10.0
23 PRI S.A. Priory 10.0
25 MIL Mililani 9.0
25 WAK Waiakea 9.0
27 BAL Baldwin 7.0
27 HBA HI Baptist 7.0
27 KIL Kailua 7.0
27 WAN Waianae 7.0
31 KLH Kalaheo 6.0
32 HPA HI Prep 5.0
32 KAS Kaiser 5.0
32 KIN King Kekaulike 5.0
32 LEI Leilehua 5.0
32 UHS University 5.0
37 LAN Lanai 4.0
38 CAS Castle 3.0
38 KAU Ka`u 3.0
38 KSM Kam.-Maui 3.0
38 SHA Sacred Hearts 3.0
42 HIL Hilo 0.0
42 KEU Keaau 0.0
42 MPI Mid Pacific 0.0
42 STF St. Francis 0.0
42 WAP Waipahu 0.0

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , | Leave a comment

2009-2010 BIIF Wrestling Schedule

Wrestling gets underway with the Maui tourney this weekend

BIIF 2009-2010 WRESTLING SCHEDULE

                                                                                                            Revised 11/19/09

WRESTLING STARTING DATE: MONDAY NOVEMBER 23 ,2009

COACHES MEETING :MONDAY  NOVEMBER 9, 2009 @ HONOKAA HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 6:30PM

POST MEETING: AFTER THE STATE MEET

DEC. 5, 2009              -OPEN

DEC.11,12,2009         – MAUI WRESTLING TOURNAMENT(WAR MEMORIAL)

DEC. 19,2009              – JV  WRESTLING TOURNAMENT @ PAHOA H.S.

                                    –OFFICIALS WRESTLING TOURNAMENT IN OAHU

JAN. 2, 2010               WRESTLING @ KONA (All SCHOOLS)

JAN. 9, 2010               WRESTLING @EAST/WEST    KONA/HILO

JAN. 16,2010              WRESTLING @KEALAKEHE (ALL SCHOOLS)

JAN. 23, 2010             WRESTLING @EAST/WEST  HONOKAA/WAIAKEA

JAN. 30, 2010             WRESTLING @KAMEHAMEHA (ALL SCHOOLS)

FEB.    6,2010            WRESTLING @ HPA/PAHOA

FEB. 13, 2010             WRESTLING @ KEAAU BIIF CHAMPIONSHIPS

FEB.    26/27               WRESTLING @ HHSAA CHAMPIONSHIP BLAISDELL

WEIGH IN STARTS @ 8AM       WRESTLING STARTS @ 10AM

WRESTLING TESTING DATES:KEALAKEHE HIGH SCHOOL/WEDNESDAY DECEMBER, 2, 2009 12 NOON

MONDAY DECEMBER 7, 2010  1PM  to 4pm @ HONOKA’A HIGH SCHOOL

MONDAY JANUARY    4, 2010.  3-5PM   @ HONOKA’A HIGH SCHOOL

WRESTLING COORDINATORS:

KEITH TOLENTINO HONOKAA                    CARY MATSUKO LAUPAHOEHOE   

BIIF EXECUTIVE SECRETARY:      LYLE CROZIER 

HEAD REF: NICK JONES-

HEAD REF: MIKE STASZKOW 

ATHLETIC TRAINER: KAHEA SCHUCKERT, ATC HONOKAA HIGH SCHOOL New wt. class- 108,114, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215, 285,

EAST SCHOOLS-KAU,KAM,KEAAU,PAHOA,WAIAKEA,HILO.

WEST SCHOOLS-KONA,KEALAKEHE,HPA,KOHALA,HONOKAA, LAP

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , | Leave a comment