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Canefire Conditioner a tradional fun race for pairs

KEAAU – The Big Island Interscholastic Federation opened its season with a traditional Canefire Conditioner, on the campus of Christian Liberty Academy.

It doesn’t happen to be your usual 3 mile cross country race because harriers are paired up with a teammate and there are special rules for team scoring.

“I ran a conditioner at Taylor University (Indiana).  It too was a preseason race,” CLA Coach Frank Grotenhuis said.

The objective is to allow everyone to run with a partner doing a relay format so that each runs a total of 3 miles (the total distance in a BIIF race, but with taking a 1 mile interval beak in between.

Hilo’s 1st and 2nd place teams.

“I think that the kids like it because they have a rest between each mile and they can get away with not being in 3 mile shape,” Grotenhuis said.  “Coaches have liked the fact that it’s a low key event, they get to see where their kids are at, and they can see some of their runners win awards.”

 “Our goal has been to make it a fun event for the schools and give them a chance to get out to Keaau and see our campus,” Grotenhuis said.  “It is always an eye opener for our school to see how popular cross country is!”

The Canefire conditioner gives 3 team trophies and 15 pairs of medals per race, according to Grotenhuis.

This year’s winner pair were both for Hilo in Stephen Hunter and Timon Skinner for the boys and Mahana Sabado-Halpern and Nina Bean for the girls.

Viking Coach Lory Hunter divided her girl pairs so that their number 1 runner would be paired with their number 4 runner and their #2 would be paired with #3.

“We wanted the team pair to push each other,” Coach Hunter said.

And Hilo strategy paid off as their two teams battled for first place and finished one-two with Carmen Garson-Shumway and Kaylee Rapoza finishing within  three minutes of each other.

#2 boys team Honokaa & #1 Hilo

“This is an exciting run and this is my favorite race,” Garson-Shumway said.

Bean echoed her teammate statement, “we pushed them to run hard and we paced them to make it fun” she said.

The Hilo pairs were clocked at their mile splits in the 6:52 range with the final mile reaching a speedy 6:02.

The third pair crossing the finish line was TeHani Jones and Tiana Iwata from Kamehameha.

Each coach came with their own strategy.

Michael Franklin head coach for Hawaii Prep Academy girl’s team said he has been doing the same thing for the past 5 years. He didn’t want to pull any surprises on anybody and the whole thing about his team strategy is to try to train them to run as a pack.

HPA lost to Hilo in team scoring by one point. But that didn’t change Franklin’s opinion of his strategy to train them to run as a group.

Coach Jordon Rosado of Waiakea said he likes the format at CLA because it affords his team to rest between miles and he wants to see what it is like when you put all these miles together during the week.

“It’s a great fun way to keep kids motivated to want to run and the CLA coach does a fantastic job putting this event together,” Rosado said.

Coach Joel Truesdell of Kamehameha’s team has done the Canefire conditioner for all seven years.

“It’s a great way to kick off the season, the kids love it. We don’t really train for the race.

Frank Grotenhuis is a great host and it’s his way of showing aloha,” Truesdell said.

On the boy’s side, was another pair of Hilo boys in Stephen Hunter and Timon Skinner taking first place.

“We were running in second place until our final baton pass in which we took over the lead,” Hunter said.

The Honokaa Dragon’s had a ten second lead on Hunter but the young Viking made up the time in a thrilling eleven second turn around.

Hunter had to pass the Dragons in the final baton pass to make it a clean sweep for the Vikings, but Honokaa still pulled out a team title.

Another pair of Vikings in Isreal Sim and Max Panoff came in third place within a minute of the other Hilo team.

Fourth place went to the pair of Paul Gregg and Tyler McCullough from Parker as the Bulls were separated by a mere minute and twelve seconds from first place.

But in the Conditioner format it takes your top four scoring teams to win the team title.

Despite the high temperature of a noon day boy’s race and no trade winds coming through the cane fields it still made for a great venue.

Grotenhuis keeps getting larger and larger participation, with 300 last year and a total of 328 runners this year.

CLA makes the awards possible through a series of fund raisers throughout the year, according to Grotenhuis.

A change in venue has BIIF cross country moving to the campus of HPA next Saturday Sept 1 starting at 10 a.m. instead of Kealakehe.

August 26, 2012 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

EMS Hilo sets record number of participants in 2012

Mosch wins EMS 5K, Jaclynn Joyce photo

A record number, 934 people, laced up their sneakers early Sunday morning to participate in one of several races sponsored by the Hawaii Island Emergency Medical Services.

“I can’t even believe this many people would come out to show their support for our Fire Fighters,” an elated Jesse Ebersole said of the turnout.

Ebersole, a firefighter himself who has been involved with directing the race for all 12 years, has seen the event grow by leaps and bounds.

“I couldn’t possible put this event together without the great support of our volunteers,” Ebersole said

For the serious at heart there was a 3.1 mile run while casual walkers got to do a fitness 2 mile walk.  Both events started and finished at Liliuokalani Gardens and traversed over the Suisan Bridge following the magnificent Hilo Bay coast line before heading back.

   Much of proceeds raised from this year’s race will go to benefit the Greg Cameron Scholarship Fund.

   “Greg was a Fire Medical Specialist who recently passed away after battling cancer,” Ebersole said.  “He was an inspiration to those who knew him and this scholarship will focus on creating professional development opportunities for Hawaii Fire Department personnel.

   According to Ebersole a portion of the money raised with also go to Hospice of Hawaii Island.

   “We have raised over $70,000 for various individuals and organizations since hosting the EMS races,” Ebersole said.

   Prior to the event the Fire Department showcased two of its Emergency helicopters as both landed in the center of Liliuokalani Gardens while several Fire Trucks lined the entrance to the Gardens to begin the race.

  During the race it was a familiar face jumping out to an early lead.  Two time defending Big Island Interscholastic Federation, high school cross country champion, Chris Mosch lead from start to finish.

Mosch won his BIIF titles in 2010 & 2011 while attending Honokaa and is now attending the University of Oregon where he runs for a Club Team.

“I grabbed an early lead in the first 100 yards and was pretty much running by myself after that,” he said. 

Finishing in a time of 17 minutes and 30 seconds the former Dragon was never seriously challenged.

“It was fun running in the lead as I received lots of cheering on the way back,” he said of the out and back 3.1 mile course.  “It was also great weather for running as there was a steady drizzle and it remained overcast throughout.”

Mosch was chased by Hiromasa Veno who placed second in 17:51.  Followed by Nick Muragin, 18:11; Lyman Perry, 18:18; and Hilo High star Stephen Hunter, 5th overall, in 18:30.

Molly Schmelzle was the first woman to cross the finish line in 19:42, good enough for 14th overall, but couldn’t be located after the race for this interview.

Second woman was another prep star from Hilo High School in Carmen Garson-Shumway who clocked 21:34 and finished 27 overall.  Viking teammate Mehana Sabado-Halpern followed as the third woman, 29th place overall.

A Special Public Service Division award to recognize the top male and top female in public community service has been a tradition at the EMS 5K runs and two very familiar people, both from the same department, was again in the winner’s circle.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources crowned the top male and female from the same office and has bragging rights to the fastest 5K runners.

Lisa Hadway has won the Public Safety Division six times and Lyman Perry won his fourth.

“This isn’t my fastest time, 22:25, but I am getting older,” Hadway said of recently turning 40.

“I’m staying in pretty steady shape and 40 has been good to me.”

Hadway’s husband, Matthias Kusch a firefighter, finished just behind his wife in 26:11.  Second overall in the Public Safety Division was another firefighter, Kainoa Willey in 22:14.

“This was a great turnout to honor our brother, Greg Cameron.” Ebersole said.  “He helped us through the process, staying strong and enjoying life.  He will surely be missed.”

Related Links: https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/complete-results-from-hilo-ems-5k-run-held-729-2012/            https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/random-photos-of-hilos-ems-runwalk/

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/ems-2-mile-walk-division-359-finish-the-walk/

August 1, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment