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All BIIF boys track & field selections

Male Athlete of the Year       Cliff Eriksson, Sr., Keaau          

Boys Coach of the Year          Vicky Chai-Guerpo, Keaau

Avery Hardie-Jordan Jr. Kealakehe .            Luca Walter Sr. Kealakehe 

Luca Walter

Chayce Moniz Sr. Honokaa                        Jackson Halford Sr. Waiakea

Damien Packer Sr. Keaau                          Alexander Engdahl Sr. Keaau

Jesse Huihui Sr. Keaau                              Raskassa Johnson Soph. Keaau

Jason Fowler Sr. Kealakehe                      Ezra Comesario Sr. Kealakehe

Johnathan Lomberg Soph. Kealakehe        Aukai Akau Sr. Kamehameha

Alika Sr. Kaopua Ka’ u                                 Shane Brostek Sr. HPA

Katon Pestano Jr. Hilo Jr.                            Kayden Haleakala Sr. HPA

Zack Atagi Sr. Hilo                                       Shawn Correa Doll Sr. Kamehameha

Keoni Yates Soph. Kealakehe                     Michael Morikawa Jr. Waiakea

Mauna Palama-Danielson Sr. Waiakea        Ian McQuate Soph. Waiakea

Kyle Kirk Jr. Kealakehe                                Matthew Winters Jr. Keaau

Keaau Talon Ota Jr. Keaau                           Tyler Yates Sr. Kealakehe

Cyrus Cho Sr. Kealakehe

Honorable mention

HPA: Yasu Miyakawa Sr.; Joey Kailimai, Soph.; Isi Holani, Soph.

Hilo: Mitchell Medeiros, Jr.; Kristian Martinez, Sr.; Johann Kuipers, Sr.; Isreal Sims, Soph.; Stephen Hunter, Soph.; David Alvarez, Sr.;

Joshua Kirkpatrick, Jr.; Sione Holika, Soph.; Justin Freis, Fr.; Ocean Lee, Sr.

Honokaa: Robert Connors, Sr.; Brooks McVey, Jr.; Tony Conners, Soph.; Josh Tobias, Sr.; Dylan Oandasan, Jr.; Micah Kaaihue, Soph.; Kamehameha: Shaun Kagawa, Jr.; Dylan Alip, Sr.; Ryan Maka’ala Cruz, Soph.; Rihei Grothmann, Soph.; Easten Tanimoto, Sr.; Keoni Wong, Sr.; Phil Aganus, Soph.; Taylor Malu Hammond, Jr.

Keaau: Joseph Aquino, Sr.; Jonathan Segovia, Jr.; Nelson Enos, Sr.; Jeffrey Ferrell, Fr.; Greg Matias, Sr.; Lyle Shute, Sr.; Darren Olson, Keaau

Kealakehe: Scott Henderson, Soph.

Konawaena: Kahoalii Karratti; John Repogle; Kalalena Santiago; Wisarut Kanjanawanna

Pahoa: Chevas Gouveia, Sr.; Krimsen Abilla, Soph.; Jake Torres, Sr.; Isaiah Desilva, Fr.

St. Joseph: Andrew Langtry, Jr.; Dayton Kiko, Jr.

Waiakea: Dyson Sato, Soph.; Ian McKee, Jr.; Lono Leasure-Lucas, Jr.; Quinn Shiroma, Soph.


June 13, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF’s Finest procduces state champions in Track & Field


KEAAU – Five defending state champions from the Big Island Interscholastic Federation had their titles on the line as the Hawaii High School Athletic Association held the track and field championships over a two day period on Friday and Saturday.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Shane Brostek (shot and discus) and Zoe Sims (1500), along with Konawaena’s Ua Ruedy, Kealakehe’s Luca Walter and Kamehameha’s Kaenen Akau (long jump) all passed the qualifiers on Friday to make it into the finals on Saturday.

BIIF athletes advanced 21 boys and 19 girls into the finals with individual and team championships on the line.

The defending BIIF boy’s team champions and Coach Vicky Chai-Guerpo were looking to place within the top 5 teams during Saturday’s finals.

“The competition at this level is very stiff and I hope our kids are ready to compete,” Chai-Guerpo said.  “Baldwin is probably the team to beat and I’m impressed with them.”

The Bears from Maui came in as the heavy team favorites as their qualifiers were spread deep into the finals.

Chai-Guerpo’s time was split between hosting the state meet and coaching the Cougars.

“I had lots of help from parents, my athletic director, and many other people which made hosting easy for me,” she said.

Brostek had an off two days in the discus throw and finished the championship in 4th place, to be the first defending champ to be unseeded from his crown.

In the shot Brostek came back with a vengeance repeating as the state champion with his toss of 55-7.25.

“I messed up in the discus with bad technique,” Brostek said.  “I’m a little disappointed tonight, even with my shot because I did better during the regular season.”

Brostek is headed to the University of Washington on a football scholarship, but is also thinking of joining the track team.

“I might try to walk on in track, but those guys are pretty awesome,” he said.


Kealakehe’s Luca Walter did what he’s been dreaming of in the finals.

“I finally got my time under 50 seconds,” Walter said of his 400 meter victory.  “Breaking 50 seconds means more to me than winning the state title.”

Walter, a confident senior for the Waveriders, took the race out in lane 5 and ran his own race.

“I actually like lane 3 better because I can see my competition around me,” Walter said.  “I’m a firm believer in God so I asked him to help me.”

During the preliminary trails on Friday a Kealakehe coach timed Walter on his 4×400 anchor leg at 48.99 seconds.

Akau had no trouble defending his long jump title with his leap of 21-11.

“It’s great to repeat as state champ,” Akau said.  “I managed to work out the tension in practice and allowed my technique to carry over into the jump.”

Akau, who most of the season found himself fouling in his first two attempts was composed during the state championships and on Friday unleashed a 22-1 leap to regain his title.

“It was during my last jump on Friday that I hit the 22 mark,” Akau said. 

During the 100 dash Akau claimed third place and was satisfied with that mark.

“Third in the 100 at states, I can’t go wrong with that,” Akau said.  “My mantra coming into states was ‘run fast, jump further’.

The defending 300 hurdle champion, Kona’s Ua Ruedy dove in desperation 18 inches from the finish line to take second place.

Ruedy a real competitor gave 100 percent in her attempt to retain her hurdle crown, falling just short.

Wildcat teammate Lia Galderia won her first track state title leaping 18-01 in the long jump to outdistance the rest of the field.

“I can’t wait to play basketball,” Galderia said after winning the long.  “It was good fun with great coaches, but it’s onto basketball now.”

HPA’s Sims fell in her attempt to repeat in the 1500 when a talented Seabury Hall’s Dakota Grossman, a sophomore, ran her personal best and gave credit to the two Big Island girls for pushing her during the race.

Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway tried to stay in the pack of Sims and Grossman, but as the event came to its final lap Grossman pulled away for the victory.

Two new state champions were crowned in Keaau’s Cliff Eriksson, wining the high jump going 6-2 and Alexander Engdahl taking the 300 hurdles.

Eriksson was the only competitor to clear 6-2 and he asked that the bar be raised to 6-4.

“I just wanted to see what I could do today,” he said.  “I am happy that I won the state title, but am also disappointed that I couldn’t clear 6-4.”

For Eriksson it proved to be a mental game as the senior put it all together.

“I thought I could and I wanted it,” Eriksson said of the hurdle victory.

Eriksson did have his share of disappointment as his relay team failed to pull out the victory in the 4×100.

“It was a little disappointing,” Eriksson said.  “We were all hoping we could win the relay and it just didn’t happen.”

The Keaau boys were the BIIF team champions and were looking for a top five finish at the state meet.

“I’m very proud of my team,” Coach Chai-Guerpo said.  “This was our greatest season in the history of Keaau.”

The Cougars boys finished fourth overall and was the first BIIF team.

May 13, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bright pink shoes lead way around oval in BIIF track & field

WAIMEA – Bright pink racing shoes was easy to see from anywhere on the track but it was the altitude that played the biggest role for Waiakea distance runner Jackson Halford as he ran the 3000 at the Stan Shutes track at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Saturday.

Halford, participating in the final regular season meet in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation before running in the BIIF Qualifiers on Friday was content with his 3K performance.

“I’m okay with my time today (9:25)” Halford said.  “After all it is HPA and it’s hard to know where I’m really at because of the altitude.”

Halford, with his bright pink pair of racing flats, made it look easy as he weaved his way around the oval lapping slower runners in the process.

Halford a master at distance racing showed his strength in the 1500 finishing in 4:17 which brought a smile to his face.

“Anytime I can go under 4:19 I’m happy,” Halford said.  “The 1500 may be my best event and I will run it, along with the 800 and 3000 in BIIF’s”

On the other side of the ledger, teammate Kelsie Kobayashi did a repeat performance of her male counterpart by winning the 3K.

“My mind wasn’t into racing for most of the season,” Kobayashi said.  “Today I finally put it all together as my heart was in it and I wasn’t worried about who was in this race.”

Kobayashi ran the seven and a half lap race, distancing herself from the rest of the field with every lap.

“I was hitting my splits today and getting myself confidence back,” Kobayashi said. “This is my favorite race and I still believe I can improve on my time.”

Kobayashi’s time of 11 minutes 26 seconds was the best of her four years running varsity track at Waiakea.

“I paced myself properly and focused on my time, not my competition,” she said.  “I’ve never run this fast and believe I am peaking at the right time.”

The defending state champion in the girls 1500, HPA’s Zoe Sims had a real battle as she went against Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway.

“Carmen and I are track friends and I respect her a lot for her running ability.” Sims said.

During the 1500 the two girls exchanged the lead several times and the race was never decided until the final meter with Sims leaning across the finish line first.

Sims was also on the track for the 800 in which she won in a time of 2:23.

“My 800 time was okay, the race felt good and it was fun to run,” Sims said.  “I like running the 800 and today I managed to hit my split times.”

For the boys it was Kealakehe’s Luca Walter tearing up the track in both the 800 and 400 races.

“I reached one of my goals today when I went under 2 minutes for the 800,” Walter said.    

Walter, who will be a walk on at Western Oregon, wanted to get his 800 time under 2 minutes.

“I needed to get it under 2 in order to have the college coaches take a better look at me when I walk on,” he said.  “Now I need to get my 400 time under 50 seconds.”

“Today I focused on the 800 and next week the focus will be in the 400,” Walter said.

Walter was also the anchor leg in the 4×400 relay and helped lead the Waveriders to victory in 3:32.

The heavy weight of field events, double state defending champion in the shot and discus throws, HPA’s Shane Brostek was having a sub Brostek performance.

“I was off today and wasn’t happy with my throws in both events,” Brostek said.  “I like winning, but for me it’s more about improving that makes the difference.”

Brostek threw the shot 56 feet, two weeks ago, which makes him the state leader, but Saturday’s throw didn’t make the humble giant very happy.

“I worked really hard during the week lifting and practicing, so I wasn’t very happy with what I did today,” Brostek said.

While Brostek was throwing far away from the track, on the infield was Keaau’s Cliff Eriksson, the BIIF leader in the boy’s high jump.

The heavy weight of field events, double state defending champion in the shot and discus throws, HPA’s Shane Brostek was having a sub Brostek performance.

“I was off today and wasn’t happy with my throws in both events,” Brostek said.  “I like winning, but for me it’s more about improving that makes the difference.”

Brostek threw the shot 56 feet, two weeks ago, which makes him the state leader, but Saturday’s throw didn’t make the humble giant very happy.

“I worked really hard during the week lifting and practicing, so I wasn’t very happy with what I did today,” Brostek said.

While Brostek was throwing far away from the track, on the infield was Keaau’s Cliff Eriksson, the BIIF leader in the boy’s high jump.

Eriksson entered the competition at 5-8 and leaped his way up and over the cross bar, clearing a personal best height of 6-02 before failing to clear at 6-03, but it was his earlier victory in the 110 hurdles that he was most pleased with.

“I’m really happy with my 110 performance,” he said.  “This is the first time that I’ve won the 110.”

Eriksson complained of sore legs during the week and his mini break seemed to have revived his body.

“It was a hard practice week for my, but today I felt really good,” he said.  “The high jump is my favorite and best event.”

Eriksson also finished second in the 300 hurdles and second in the 4×400 relay.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Defending state champs Galdeira, Ruedy and Akau peaking in track & field

KEAAU – Three defending state champions sunk their spikes into the all weather track at Kamehameha to rise to the top of their competition at a Big Island Interscholastic all schools track and field meet held on Saturday.

Konawaena’s Lia Galdeira and Ua Ruedy along with Kamehameha’s Kaenen Akau distanced themselves from the rest of the league as they prepare to defend their state crowns in three weeks.

Galdeira opened the day running away from the field in the 100 hurdles in a blistering time of 14.8 seconds, then moments later returned to win the 100 dash in 12.54.

The amazing Wildcat managed to squeeze in the long jump between the two 100 races, winning with a giant leap of 17-11.75 and finished the day with a triple jump victory of 35-08.5.

The state champion in the 100 hurdles complemented her coaches for much of her track success.

“Our coaches are great, as they know what they are talking about,” Galdeira said.  “I wasn’t even going to come out for track this season because I wanted to focus on academics but they convinced me to come out.”

Galdeira needed to get up early to catch the 5 am bus from Kona to Kamehameha and forgot something in the process.

“I forgot to pack my track shorts and just brought this ordinary pair of shorts,” she said. “I think I could have done better had I brought my correct shorts, especially in the long jump.”

Teammate Ruedy brought all the right equipment and dazzled the crowd in the 300 hurdles racing away from the rest of the field.

The defending state champion in the 300 ran a flawless race while looking like a gazelle traversing the obstacles in perfect strides.

“It was okay today because I got a slow start,” Ruedy said.  “I know I can improve my time a lot and I need to get out of the blocks quicker and not slow down.”

During the girls long jump 8 girls jumped over 15 feet.

“It shows the level of competition is at an all time high and at a state level,” Jordan Rosado the long jump official said.

Kamehameha’s Akau was up to his normal patterns in the long jump, fouling in his first two attempts before making the final jump count.

“I know that my first jump is the most important, but I have marks from the previous weeks so I can give my all on every jump,” Akau said.

The defending state champ in the long jump decided to take two steps back on his final jump then unleashed his personal best launching a 22-.75 and in the process setting a new stadium record.

“On my final jump I moved back 2 steps, but I know that getting a mark on my first jump is most important,” Akau said.  “I’m shooting to reach 23 feet by the BIIF championships.”

Akau also started his day winning the 100 meter dash and in the process set a new stadium record at 11.04 seconds.

“I’m still working on being relaxed in the 100,” Akau said.  “I tense up and my stride lessens.”

In the 100 Akau was challenged by Keaau’s Jesse Huihui in a battle to the finish.

“Jesse is a great competitor and I felt the urge to push myself harder with him in the race.” Akau said.

The 400 dash saw the return of Kealakehe’s Luca Walter to his first all schools meet this season.

Walter wasted no time reminding people who the BIIF champion is by clocking a 50.7 second time to place himself as the second best time in the state.

“I want to hit 49 seconds by the BIIF championships,” Walter said.  “I need to work on my start out of the blocks to be faster.”

Walter clocked a league leading time in the 800 with a 2:01.87.

“I’m pretty excited with my 800 time and I think I can bring that under 2 minutes within the next two weeks,” he said.

In the 200 dash it was Keaau’s Damien Packer winning his second race after taking the 110 hurdles.

“My 200 time can improve if I kick out of the turns better and have faster feet,” Packer said. “I need to get faster and not tense up as much.”

Another defending state champion in the shot put, HPA’s Shane Brostek, was at the Punahou Relays on Oahu and was selected most outstanding for winning both the shot and discus.

Running around the oval and not getting much attention is Pahoa sophomore Micah Davis.

Davis, for the past two weeks, has decided to run in every event from the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000.

“I thought it was amazing that someone who finishes last in every event would have the will power to do all the running events,” Kamehameha Coach Ryan Cabalse said.

“I feel like I’d rather run than sit in the bleachers,” Davis said.  “I’ve been second to last twice and I beat my times from the week before.”

Davis has a twin brother, Josh, who also runs for the Daggers, but it is Micah that will take on the task of doing every running event that the league has to offer.

“I’m improving each week and I want to get faster,” Micah said.  “I do it just for me and not for anyone else.”

The BIIF regular season concludes with an all schools meet at Hawaii Predatory Academy on Saturday starting at 9 am.

April 23, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BIIF Boys cross country All League Selections

Coach Abner



Correa Doll


BOYS All-League


(based on finish at BIIF Championship on 22-Oct)


1st Team




Chayce Moniz



2nd place


Jackson Halford



3rd place


Andrew Lantry


St. Joseph’s

4th place


Shawn Correa Doll



5th place


Paul Gregg



6th place


Ian Mcquate



7th place


Brandt Mabuni


Makua Lani


2nd Team


8th place


Tony Connors



9th place


Robert Connors



10th place


Luca Walter



11th place


Stephen Hunter



12th place


Max Panoff



13th place


Alden Aguirre



14th place


Hajime Hiyano




Coach of the Year








Honokaa High School




2011 BIIF Team Champions












Christian Liberty



Caedan Cambra, Keenan Freitas


Hawaii Prep



Michael Spetich, Justin Macy, Hide Akai





Max Kerr, Hyrum Kim





Clayton Robinson, PedroSanches,Seanry Agbayani





Maka’ala Cruz, Colton Hill, Jordan Hirae





Jemy Ray Palancia, Cash Sheppard





Jhun Delle Ventura, Davin Alviento, Arman Navarro





Scott Henderson, CJ, Agusen





Josiah Adams, Domenic Defiesta


Makua Lani



Devin Vandervoort, Andrew Dong,Aidan Alcos





Kristian Abilla





Jesse Tarnas, Tyler McCullough





Dyson Sato, Keoni Rice, Robbey Meguro


November 5, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment