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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

BIIF X-C 2nd place teams, Hilo and Waiakea Top 7 runners readies for States

Bean

Nina

9

Hilo

Breitbarth

Jordyn

10

Hilo

De Bourmont

Shalila

12

Hilo

Garson-Shumway

Carmen

10

Hilo

Lawrence

Karina

12

Hilo

Rapoza

Kaylee

11

Hilo

Ray

Satya

9

Hilo

Halford

Jackson

12

Waiakea

Hayano

Hajime

10

Waiakea

McQuate

Ian

10

Waiakea

Meguro

Robbey

12

Waiakea

Perez

Nathaniel

9

Waiakea

Rice

Keoni

11

Waiakea

Sato

Dyson

10

Waiakea

October 27, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Revised BIIF Girls Cross Country from Waiakea 9.24.11, Top 60 Results

The girls race held at Waiakea had 149 finishers with Hawaii Prep winning the team scoring followed by Hilo.  Revised Official List

BIIF Cross Country Meet at Waiakea – 9/24/2011                 
                           Waiakea High School Hilo HI                           
                                                     

  1 Kobayashi, Kelsie         12 Waiakea               19:29.38    1            
  2 Haight, Mariah            10 Hawaii Prep           20:01.37    2            
  3 Sims, Zoe                 11 Hawaii Prep           20:02.16    3            
  4 Garson-Shumway, Carmen    10 Hilo                  20:05.73    4            
  5 Evans, Emily              11 Hawaii Prep           20:07.18    5            
  6 Van Mols, Kari            11 Kealakehe             20:16.97    6            
  7 De Bourmont, Shalila      12 Hilo                  20:26.15    7            
  8 Kirkhill, Sydney           9 Kealakehe             20:32.77    8            
  9 Choe, Joy                 10 Makua Lani            20:33.64    9            
10 Ulrich, Kelly             10 Hawaii Prep           20:41.64   10            
11 Van Pernis, Kristiana     10 Hawaii Prep           20:47.91   11            
12 Ray, Satya                 9 Hilo                  20:49.92   12            
13 Bradley, Cat              11 Hawaii Prep           20:53.43   13            
14 Cooke, Kirrah              9 Hilo                  20:58.27   14            
15 Kim, Corin                12 Kamehameha            21:00.81   15            
16 Choe, Grace               12 Makua Lani            21:01.27   16            
17 Rasse, Haley              11 Waiakea               21:12.99   17            
18 Bettencourt, Mika         10 Kealakehe             21:24.29   18            
19 Thornton, Deann           12 Kea’au                21:26.55   19            
20 Ladwig, Veronica          10 Hawaii Prep           21:36.10   20            
21 Bean, Nina                 9 Hilo                  21:42.37   21            
22 Carvalho, Erin            12 Kamehameha            21:47.35   22            
23 Rapoza, Kaylee            11 Hilo                  21:47.97   23            
24 Dorn, Keili                9 Makua Lani            21:54.02   24            
25 Grenwell, Kelly           11 Honokaa               21:56.21   25            
26 Breitbarth, Jordyn        10 Hilo                  22:09.19   26            
27 Nakamura, Tiffany         11 Makua Lani            22:16.07   27            
28 Iwata, Tiana              10 Kamehameha            22:17.35   28            
29 Lawrence, Karina          12 Hilo                  22:20.02                 
30 Shiraki, Allie            10 Honokaa               22:23.60   29            
31 Adona, Hilghang           10 Honokaa               22:24.35   30            
32 Trainer, Hannah           12 Kamehameha            22:24.99   31            
33 Busek, Jessica            11 Waiakea               22:25.91   32            
34 Akai, Tsukasa             12 Hawaii Prep           22:40.99                 
35 Olinaka, Vandey           11 Waiakea               22:45.91   33            
36 Iwata, Shayla              9 Kamehameha            22:47.38   34            
37 Hagemann, Natalie         11 Kea’au                22:56.34   35            
38 Pitoy, Shea               12 Hilo                  23:00.05                 
39 Nakamoto, Shayli           9 Konawaena             23:01.81                 
40 Jones, Tehani             11 Kamehameha            23:04.72   36            
41 Hemalon, Mahina           12 Kea’au                23:13.16   37            
42 Aguirre, Elizabeth        10 Honokaa               23:22.87   38            
43 Cabel, Mikela             10 Kamehameha            23:23.37   39            
44 Ombac, Skye               10 Waiakea               23:29.60   40            
45 Hughes, Jillian           11 Waiakea               23:32.42   41            
46 Ignacio, Vanessa          10 Waiakea               23:33.20   42            
47 DeCarli, Mercedes         11 Makua Lani            23:42.68   43            
48 Roddie, Candice           11 Waiakea               23:50.62                 
49 Manuia, Alana              9 Kamehameha            23:51.85                 
50 Langevin, Mariko          11 Parker                23:53.22                 
51 Bianchi, Rachael          12 Kealakehe             23:53.82   44            
52 Bannister, Kaley          10 Kamehameha            23:55.66                 
53 Bader, Alexa               9 Kamehameha            23:57.09                 
54 Alterman, Allison         12 Kealakehe             24:01.67   45            
55 Cosma, Shani              11 Kea’au                24:03.33   46            
56 Fojas, Jazz               11 Hawaii Prep           24:04.14                 
57 Boyette, Taylyn           11 Parker                24:04.79                 
58 Swain, Karley             12 Waiakea               24:07.54                 
59 Pautz, Whitney            12 Hualalai              24:08.29                 
60 Lerma, Amanda             12 Kamehameha            24:10.28                 

Related link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/biif-cross-country-from-waiakea-9-24-11-top-60-results/

September 24, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canefire Conditioner – Cross Country Girls Race – BIIF results

Girls      
School

Finish Place

Runners Time
WKA

1

Kelsie Kobayashi; Haley Rasse

37:04:65

Hilo

2

Carmen Garson-Shumway; Karina Lawrence

38:35:71

HPA

3

Mariah Haight; Cat Bradley

38:38:84

HPA

4

Kristiana Van Pernis; Jasmine Fojas

38:42:50

HPA

5

Mia Croonquist; Kelly Ulrich

38:43:12

HPA

6

Veronica Ladwig; Emily Evans

38:48:26

Hilo

7

Nina Bean; Kirrah Cooke

38:52:28

Hilo

8

Shalila DeBourmont; Kaylee Rapoza

38:58:49

KAM

9

Corin Kim; Erin Carvalho

39:17:55

WKA

10

Krystina Carvalho; Ivy Conley

40:04:88

Keaau

11

Deann Nishimura-Thornton; Shani Cosma

40:11:18

Honoka’a

12

Kelly Ann Greenwell; Allie Shiraki

40:23:83

Keaau

13

Natalie Hagemann; Avery-Rose Jarvis

40:37:96

Hilo

14

Jordyn Breitbarth; Shea Pitoy

41:16:18

KAM

15

Tiana Iwata; Sara Kim

41:48:82

Hilo

16

Satya Ray; Sydney Romo

41:49:45

KAM

17

Alana Manuia; Mikela Cabel

42:02:51

WKA

18

Vandey Okinaka; Kara Paulachak

42:38:21

KAM

19

Britni Napihaa; Tehani Jones

42:40:63

Honoka’a

20

Monica Carlos; Katie Aguilar

42:51:56

WKA/Keaau

21

Vanessa Ignacio; Mahea Kakazu

43:24:87

KAM

22

Shayla Iwata; Kaelynne Manoha

43:35:08

Hualalai

23

Molly Jacoby; Whitney Pautz

44:35:57

WKA

24

Candice Roddie; Skye Rances

44:52:52

Parker

25

Marie Jobes; Taylyn Boyette

44:58:09

Honoka’a

26

Hildang Adona; Camelia Witt

45:06:16

HPA

27

Melia Cavedoni; Meimei Nakahara

45:06:35

HPA

28

Jah’nae Ayoso-Purdy; Malama Tamasese-Solomon

45:11:18

KAM

29

Kaley Bannister; Alexa Bader

45:16:98

HPA

30

 Nina Enos; Mikeala Owen

45:17:51

HPA

31

Leila Morrison; Jade Sohriakoff

45:24:56

Honoka’a

32

Emily Ono; Elezibeth Aguirre

45:37:62

WKA

33

Kylie Andaya; Kiana Baruela

45:47:07

Keaau

34

Desiree Sumaoang; Mahina Homalon

46:00:51

KAM

35

Amanda Lerma; Kalai Grothmann

46:13:11

KAM

36

Hannah Trainer; Gina McGuire

46:16:86

WKA

37

Jessica Busek; Bethany Bisel

47:05:28

WKA

38

Noreen Gonong; Katrina Bath

47:30:62

KAM

39

Kalena Medeiros; Iris Jarvis

47:33:96

Hilo

40

Alohi Chambless; Michelle Martinez

47:43:97

WKA

41

Carly Belcher; Shiho Aoki

47:50:31

WKA

42

Courtney Ip; Jillian Hughes

48:03:02

KAM

43

Namele Naipo-Arsiga; Sara Duvoisin

48:03:80

Keaau

44

Rayline Mae-Adrian; Autumn Miyares-Thompson

48:24:69

Keaau

45

Brittney Ganir; Cristine Belmes

48:28:88

Honoka’a

46

Danielle Warren; J. Mae Quiamas

50:06:39

Kohala

47

Chelsea Ventura; Eloisa Viernes-Obero

50:50:42

KAM

48

Kayla Andrade; Mahealani Taganas

51:21:31

HPA/KAM

49

Mikeala Owen; Saydie Mandaguit-Arakaki

51:52:39

KAM

50

Alyssa McGuire; Michelle Fratinardo

54:01:46

KAM

51

Chrisha Sanoria; Shaniah Yogi

56:57:15

KAM

52

Jaysha Alonzo-Estrada; Sarah Barry

58:05:14

Kohala

53

Cody Geiger; Michelle Sahagun

58:12:56

WKA

54

Angela Ames; Ishael Shaw-Demello

58:28:88

KAM

55

Malia Cruz; Lily Ayau

1:03:44:92

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