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BIIF track & field headed to HHSAA with many state leaders

         BIIF state leaders that are ranked in the top six: 

Shane Brostek, Hawaii Prep #2 in the discus, #2 in the Shot

Aukai Akua, Kamehameha and Lia Galdeira, Konawaena #1 in the Long Jump

Lia Galdeira, Kona #5 in the Triple and #2 in the 200m

Pamela Lynn, HPA #3 in the High Jump                               

Shina Chung

Pamela Lynn

Shina Chung, Hilo #4 in the Pole Vault

Zoe Sims, HPA #2 in the 400 and #4 in the 1500

Chris Mosch, Honokaa #5 and Jackson Halford, Waiakea #6 in the 1500

Chris Mosch #5 in the 3k

HPA Girls #3 in the 4×4

Kealakehe Girls #5 in the 4×1

Boys 400 Luca Walter Kealakehe #1

Ua Ruedy, Kona #2 in the 300m Hurdles Lana Queen, HPA #5

Maka McKee, Kamehameha #6 in the 300 Hurdles

Kristiana Van Pernis, HPA #4 in the 800m

Dylan Navarro, Kealakehe #5 in the 200

May 6, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Best Headed to Oahu for HHSAA Track & Field Championships

Kamehameha's Kana Silva, left, leads the BIIF in sprints, while Honakaa's Chayce Moniz leads in mid-distance

If things go as planned Big Island track & field athletes will need to carry extra luggage when then return from the state championships on Oahu this weekend as they will be carrying a lot of extra hardware with them.

  The Hawaii High School Athletic Association state track & field championships will be held May 14-15 at Kamehameha’s Oahu campus and the Big Island Interscholastic Federation will be looking to bring home medals in a variety of track and field events.

   Leading the way for the BIIF are state defending champions Kau’s Jacob Edwards and Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Ku’uipo Nakoa.

   Edwards who has been billed as the “King of the Hurdles” has dominated both the 110 and 300 meter events and holds the best times in the state this season.  To go along with his picture perfect hurdling Edwards also has the best distance in the state in the triple jump and could win gold in all three events.

Jacob Edwards

“I think Jacob (Edwards) could also medal in the long jump,” Kau coach Bob Martin said.  “I’d also look at Kaenen (Akau) and Manta (Dirks) from Kamehameha to medal in the long.”

  Nakoa, who single handily scored 58 points in helping HPA win the girls BIIF team title, also ranks as one of the top hurlers in the state.  The senior Ka Makani is expected to fight for top honors in the 100 and 300 hurdles, but will face stiff opposition in the high hurdles from Kahuku’s Zhane Santiago.

   Santiago leads the state in the triple jump while Nakoa leads the state in the long jump going 18 feet earlier this season.  Nakoa also has a good chance of medaling in both the 100 and 200 meter dash.

   Konawaena freshman, Ua Ruedy, has already made a name for herself in the 300 hurdles and on Oahu the youngster will focus entirely on that event as a gold or silver medal is within her reach.

  The fastest sprinter in the state this year is Punahou’s Ashley Satterwhite who has dominated the 100, 200 and 400 meter events.  But Satterwhite has decided to forego the 400 dash to concentrate on the 100 and 200 leaving the door open to HPA’s Zoe Sims to compete for gold in the 400.

   Sims is the only BIIF girl to break the 60 second barrier in the 400 this season and if she goes under 59 seconds will have an excellent chance at taking top honors.  Teammate Mindy Campbell is the defending state champion in the high jump and should also pick up a medal in that event.

Shina Chung

Hilo’s Shina Chung is ranked in a tie for second in the state in the pole vault, clearing a height of 10 feet 7 inches.  Chung, just a sophomore, is the two time defending BIIF champion in the vault and has a good chance of breaking the 11 foot barrier which would put her in contention for the gold medal.

   BIIF girl’s team champions, Kamehameha, could also see Kaopua Sutton at discus and Victoria  Evans-Bautista in the long jump claim medals in those events.

   The Punahou girls are the clear favorites to win the team championship as they have the depth and the “big point earner” in Ashley Satterwhite.

  “At states our athletes get to pick their favorite events,” HPA coach Pat Lau said.  “Ku’uipo most likely will stick with both hurdles and jumps.  Our relay teams are all underclassmen and the experience of running in states will be great for them.”

   Lau believes that HPA has a shot of coming in the top five as a team.  “The girl’s team title will be a fight between Punahou, Radford and Kahuku,” he said.

   While Edwards is the best hope for the BIIF boys to bring home gold a host of other talented Big Island athletes will be fighting to gain one of the top six medals presented in each event.

   Kamehameha coach Kimo Weaver sees his team’s depth as bringing them a long way this season.  “At the state level we should be competitive in the relays, hurdles, sprints, jumps, throws and in the pole vault,” Weaver said.

   Kana Silva, Keanen Akau, Manta Dirks, Keli’I Kekuewa, Francis Blas, Maka McKee, and Isaac DeRego are the Warrior boy’s hopefuls to medal at the state, according to Weaver.

   “There are other kids that could step it up and hopefully medal for us,” Weaver said.  “At the state level anything can happen and we are hoping it goes our way.”

   Also watch for Waiakea’s Ka’imi Scott in the 200 and 400 meter dashes as the two time BIIF defending champion in those events has the quickness and ability to get out of the blocks fast and maintain a lead.

   Kohala high jumpers Ethan Meikle and Kelson Kawai both cleared 6’ 4” during the BIIF championships which rank them in the top five in the state.  Kamehameha’s Shane Brostek ranks third in the state for the shot put and Keaau’s Daniel Brooks third in the 800 meter run.

   A big question mark is whether or not Honokaa’s distance runner Chris Mosch will be fully recovered to run in the grueling 3K.  Mosch hurt himself prior to last week’s BIIF championships and wasn’t able to compete.  Should he be at full strength he would be the BIIF best hope to medal in that event.

   Unlike the girl’s team title, the boy’s title appears up for grabs with several schools vying for top honors.  “Kamehameha-Kapalama has the inside track to win the team title for the boys,” Weaver said.  “Waimea of Kauai and Punahou look to be contenders as well.”

   As for the BIIF boys team champions: “It’s our goal to finish in the top 10 at state,” Weaver said.  “If things go our way it is possible, but you never know as anything can happen at a state meet.”

May 14, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Royality Returns to the Track

King of the Hurdles, Jacob Edwards

   The reigning King and Queen of prep track and field will step onto the all-weather oval this weekend when the Big Island Interscholastic Federation holds their season openers at Kamehameha-Keaau and Konawaena.

   Kau’s Jacob Edwards and Hawaii Prep’s Ku’uipo Nakoa return to the track for their senior season as the 2009 male and female athletes of the year, respectively.

   Last year Edwards won individual honors during the BIIF championships in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles and the triple jump while placing second in the long jump and fourth in the 200-meter dash to single handedly score 42 points for the Trojans.

   Edwards went on to win the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championships in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles and placed fifth in the triple jump.  For his efforts Edwards was selected as the Gatorade boy’s track and field athlete of the year for the State of Hawaii.

   “I plan on coming out like a rocket again this year,” Edwards said of the upcoming season. “I’ve conditioned during the off season by running cross-country and I spent a lot of time strength training so I’m excited about starting the season.”

   Despite not having a track to practice on at Kau, Edwards has managed to excel at just about everything he has entered.  This season Kau’s long jump pit is under construction and Trojan coach Bob Martin drove Edwards to Kamehameha one day during Spring Break to practice at the Warriors field.

   “I’ve set a lot of goals for myself in my senior season,” Edwards said while practicing at Kamehameha.  “Once the season gets underway we’ll see what happens.”

Queen of the Jumps, Ku’uipo Nakoa

Nakoa won the 200 dash, long and triple jumps and placed second in the 100-meter dash and scored 38 individual points and helped HPA finish first in the 1,600 relay and second in the 400 relay. 

   At the state championships Nakoa won the long jump, but it was a bitter sweet victory as she injured herself on the final jump and never totally recovered to do her remaining events.

  “I was leading the long jump after my second try and my coach told me not to do a third jump, but I did anyway and that’s when I injured myself,” Nakoa said.  “I went on to finish third in the triple and sixth in the 100.”

  This year Nakoa comes in with a different attitude and the confidence that she can go further than in the past.

  “In the past I’ve only really been focused on BIIF’s,” she said.  “This year I want to place my focus on how far I can go at states.   I plan on blocking everything out and concentrate on jumps while focusing on running the 400.”

  Currently HPA is putting in a new all weather track which won’t be completed until the fall so Ka Makani athletes are training on makeshift areas and making do with what they have.

  “My sprint coach, Brad Lau, is really helping me out as we’re looking for different places to do our workouts which have included running in the pastures and at the beach on the sand,” Nakoa said.

   Waiakea’s Kaimi Scott returns for Waiakea as the defending 200 and 400-meter champion and looks to improve on his times this year.

   “I’m focusing more on my form which will help me get faster,” he said.  “The 200 is my strength, but I like running the 400 as well.”

   The Waiakea boys are the two time BIFF 1600 relay champions and look to defend their title with a strong returning sprint core with the return of Owen Cooper, Travis Winters and Jacob St. George. 

  Last year three BIIF freshmen won individual titles with Keaau’s Randi Estrada winning the girls 400-meters and later took third place at the state championships.  Hilo’s Shina Chung won the BIIF pole vault title and HPA’s Shane Brostek won the boys shot event.

   Hilo High is the defending boy’s team champion winning last season by more than 60 points with Viking coach Bill McMahon winning his 18th team title (boys and girls combined) during his 19 years at the helm.

   “I got some numbers this year, but most of the team is real green,” McMahon said.  “We’re just going to have to see what happens as the season progresses.”

   The Kamehameha girl’s team beat out a tough HPA squad to claim the title and another showdown between the two schools looks to be brewing once again this year.

   “We are trying to keep the ball rolling,” Kamehameha coach Kimo Weaver said.  “Our team goals are to better our times/marks each week, be in contention for the league title and improve on our number of state qualifiers.”

   The Warrior girls will again face stiff opposition from a large and talented HPA squad for this year’s team title.

   “We are stocked with good freshman distance runners, most from the BIIF girl’s champion cross-country team,” HPA coach Pat Lau said.  “We have roughly 85 athletes on the track team and 61 are girls.”

   Other top returning BIIF track & field athletes to watch this season are:

Hilo:  Cameron Calistro, hurdles, Shalila De Bourmont, distance.

Honokaa: Tialana Greenwell, Athena Oldfather, Chris Mosch, and Joshua Robinson distance.

HPA: Hanna Scully, sprints, Kela Vargas, distance, Sydney Budde, pole vault, Lana Queen, hurdles & jumps, Mindy Campbell, high jump and Tyler Tsubota, distance.

Kamehameha: ‘Io Heaukulani, sprints & high jump; Kaopuanani Sutton, throws; Bronte Kaneakua, sprints; Natasha Ah Chong; Hiilani Evans-Bautista jumps; Corin Kim, mid distance; Manta Dirks jumps, and Kaenan Akau, sprints & jumps; Maka McKee hurdles.

Keaau: Daniel Brooks, mid distance, Jesse Huihui, sprints and jumps.

Kealakehe:  Walter Luca, mid distance.

Kohala:  Ethan Meikle, high jump.

Waiakea: Kaitlyn Chock mid distance and Erika Cushnie, high jump.

The BIIF Track & Field season kicks off on Saturday, March 27, with East/West meets at Kamehameha-Keaau and Konawaena starting at 9 am.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BIIF Track & Field from Kona

Kam-Hawaii 400 relay team of McKee, Akau & Dirks -missing Grace

Kam-Hawaii 400 relay team of McKee, Akau & Dirks -missing Grace

     For the second week in a row Kau’s Jacob Edwards took on the rest of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation and scored big for the Trojans at Julian R. Yates Field on the campus of Konawaena High School.

    The one man wrecking crew won the long and triple jumps and scored remarkable times in his signature events, the 110 and 300 hurdles.  Edwards went on to finish second in the 200 meter dash and sixth in the 100 dash to single handedly score 49 points for Kau.

   The previous week Edwards scored 50 points and his point totals continue to rank the Kau in the top half of the BIIF team standings each week.

   Edwards’s times in both hurdles events were personal best for the Kau junior and rank him number one in the state.  “Jacob became the first runner in the BIIF ever to break the 15 second barrier in the 110 hurdles,” Kau coach, Bob Martin said.

   Edwards clocked 14.94 seconds in the 110 hurdles and in the process eclipsed Kona’s Nick Berry’s time of 15:04 that was set earlier in the decade.

   “One of my goals going into the season was to get under 15 seconds in the 110,” Edwards said.  “I’ve gotta practice hard and when I run in a meet it’s just me against the clock.”

   Edwards later returned to set another personal best in the 300 hurdles with a flawless performance to clock 39.23 seconds, winning the event by more than three seconds over his closest competitor.

   To improve Edwards will watch You Tube video’s of various high profile hurdle athletes in an attempt to continue to perfect his technique.

   “I You Tube the best triple jumpers and the best 110 hurdles to try to emulate the best,” he said.  “My favorite hurdler is the Chinese Olympian, Lui Xiang.  I am always learning, always trying to perfect my technique, and always trying to do whatever it takes to get better.”

   “If I could come out here and score 60 points during a meet, I would, he said.  Edwards’s weak spot on the day came in the 100 meters where he finished in sixth place scoring a single point.

    “I wanted to do the 100 for speed to see how I could do.  It doesn’t hurt me to do the 100,” Edwards said.  “Coach Bob (Martin) is always helping me at Kau and when I get to the meets Coach (Kimo) Weaver (Kamehameha) helps me.

    “I can’t claim credit for any of his (Edwards) talent,” Martin said.  “He makes the best of what he has and works very hard at practice.”

    Kau doesn’t have a track and the athletes work out on a grass surface.  “We set up five hurdles to simulate a race,” Martin said.  “Jacob has raw talent and we try to harness that energy and steer it in the right direction.”

    “Coach (Angela) Miyashiro helps with endurance and fitness training and we add on lots of 200 repeats to Jacob’s workouts.”

    Also at Yates Field this past Saturday saw the Kamehameha boys 4×100 relay team break a Warrior school record by clocking in at 44.79 seconds.

   “This is the second time in two weeks that these boys broke the all time school record for this event,” Kamehameha second year coach, Troy Souza said.

    “After seeing them today it looks like we can go under 44 seconds.  They had the best passes we’ve seen, but there is still room for improvement,” Souza said.

   The foursome leads off with sophomore Maka McKee followed by freshman, Aukai Akau, senior Pono Grace and anchored with junior Manta Dirks.

    “I’ve run the 100 in 12 flat,” McKee said.  “I know I need to improve the way I run my curve, I was too straight up and didn’t have enough lean.”

   “I’ve run the 100 in 11.4 and today I received a perfect handoff from Maka, he got me the baton right on the arrow,” second leg runner, Akau said

   Kamehameha trailed Kealakehe on the second leg, but Akau, who has the fastest 100 on the relay team, made up the difference and passed the baton to Grace with the Warriors in the lead.

   “We did good, but we can do better,” team anchor, Manta Dirks said.  “I’m the second fastest on the team and the coach either put me into the anchor position because I’m the best looking or because he knows I hate to lose,” Dirks said with a grin.

    Waiakea’s Kaitlyn Chock became the first BIIF girl to get an automatic state time in the 800 meter run this season, clocking in at 2:29.41.

    “I was trying to run my personal best (2:28.1) but came up a little short,” Chock said.  “I’m still pretty satisfied, even though I ran my first lap too fast.”

    Chock did the first 400 meters in 67 seconds which separated her early from the rest of the field.  “I was trying to run the first lap in 71 or 72 and when I heard the first lap time I got scared,” she said.

   “I tightened up with about 200 to go and I felt I was dragging myself in, it was really tough.  I think I can get under 2:25 if the conditions are right,” Chock said.



HPA – Ku’uipo Nakoa #1 triple, #2 in both 100 & 200, #3 long – 4×400 #3

Kona- Kaua Wall #3 400

Keaau – Randi Estrada #4 400 – 4×400 #5

Honokaa – Tialana Greenwell #4 3000

Kamehameha – Aubrey Lea Shaw #2 300 hurdles

Kohala – Julia Naumes #5 shot

Waiakea – Cassie Morigaki three way tie for first with HPA’s Mindy Campbell in High Jump


Hilo’s – Bronson Kahaleua, #2 200, Jordan Loeffler, #5 shot, Thomas Delacruz, #3 300 hurdles, Mark Turner, #4 3000, David King, #1 pole vault, Scott Hunter, #3 pole vault, 4×400 relay #3

Kona – Dakota Smith, #1 800

Kamehameha – Jordan Lerma, #3 800, Caleb Friel, pole vault #2

Keaau – Daniel Brooks, #5 800

Kau – Jacob Edwards, #1 in both 110 & 300 hurdles, #3 triple jump

Waiakea – Ka’imi Scott, #4 400, 4×400 relay #5

April 27, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, High School Track & Field | , , , , , , | 1 Comment