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Hawai’i Prep Girls Repeat as BIIF track & field champions

Girls 100 meter hurdles

KEAAU – The Hawaii Preparatory girls went out of the blocks quickly to claim the team title while the boy’s title was up for grabs going into the final event of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation track and field championships held Saturday in Pai’ea Stadium.

Leading things off for the Ka Makani wahine was the ‘Queen of the Hurdles’ Lana Queen who started things off by winning the 100 meter hurdles.

“My hurdle coach, Lisa Wood, helped me to peak at the right time,” Queen said.  “She’s a really good coach who works us to our fullest potential.”

(HPA’s Queen later returned to the track to add an additional 8 points to the Ka Makani team total by taking second in the 300 hurdles to Konawaena’s Ua Ruedy.)

At the same time that Queen was winning the hurdle event HPA teammate, Pamela Lynn, was adding to the Ka Makani team total by winning the high jump.

“This was my personal best as I had never cleared 5-02 during a meet,” Lynn said. 

Pamela Lynn

Lynn was just coming off an ankle and knee injury and was rested prior to coming into the championships.

“I made mechanical changes to my high jump approach as I had been running too close to the bar,” Lynn said of her personal best jump.

After winning the high jump at 5-02 Lynn asked officials to raise the bar to 5-04.5 and took three unsuccessful attempts.

“This is my senior year and I wanted to take a stab at trying to set the new school record, after all it’s just a bar,” Lynn said.

Lynn also added a few more points to her team’s totals by finishing fourth in the long jump, but it was the middle and long distance runners that put the team championship away for the Ka Makani.


HPA’s Zoe Sims was dominate in the 800 and 1500 meter runs taking top honors in both to close the door on second place Konawaena.

The Wildcats made a run at the team title on the backs of super star basketball athlete Lia Galdeira and teammate Ua Ruedy.

Galdeira won the long jump and in the process established herself as the number one leaper in the state in that event by going 18-03.25.

After breaking 17 feet two weeks ago Galdeira made the bold statement that she was then shooting to eclipse 18 feet by the end of the season and the top basketball player in the state lived up to her great leaping ability.

In a battle of the freshmen it was Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway taking the lead in the 800 meter run with HPA’s Kristiana Van Pernis hanging a stride behind for the initial 600 meters.

Van Pernis made her move coming into the final turn before passing fellow 9th grader, Garson-Shumway, as both hit the finish in an incredible time of 2:23.

HPA put the icing on the cake on the final event of the day, winning the 4×400 girls relay, setting a new stadium record. 

  “Everything fell into place for us and I’m real happy for the girls,” HPA coach Pat Lau said.  “Kona put on a really good fight and they did a great job.”

The BIIF top athletes will now head to Maui for the Hawaii High School state championships on May 5 and 6.

May 1, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hilo’s Shina Chung wins third BIIF pole vault title

Shina Chung

KEAAU – Over three hundred athletes were vying for a spot at the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Championships on Friday as two events have come to conclusion.

Hilo’s Shina Chung and Waiakea’s Travis Winters were reaching into the afternoon sky at Kamehameha’s Pai’ea Stadium as the girl’s pole vault and boy’s high jump were having their finals.

Chung, one of the best in the state at girl’s pole vault, won her third consecutive leagues crown by clearing 9-06, not her best, but good enough to bring her a BIIF individual championship title.

“I came in at 9 feet and there were no other girls in the competition at that point,” Chung said.  “Nine feet is the starting height for the state championships and my coach (Sherman Viernes) wants me to be ready.

When Chung came in for her first jump all her competitors had already been eliminated as her closet rival Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Sydney Budde, cleared 8 feet and went out at 8-06.

“I was nervous because I came in with ‘No Height’ and everyone was done,” Chung said.

But the Viking vaulter had little trouble at 9 feet, clearing the bar on her first attempt, and then later going over 9-06 on her second attempt.

“My goal was to repeat as the pole vault champ,” she said.  “Now I’m hoping to improve on my fifth place finish at states last year.”

Travis Winters

Winters had lots of competition in the high jump as he and three others were able to clear the bar at 5-10 but Winters was declared the BIIF champ as he managed to do it on his first jump.

“I came in at 5-04 and worked my way up,” Winters said.  “This was the second time I cleared 5-10 in the past two weeks, but this is my first BIIF title.”

Also clearing 5-10 was HPA’s George Twigg-Smith and Kyle Katase, along with Keaau’s Joseph Aquino, Jr.

“I only started practice high jump four meets ago,” Winters said.  “My first time at high jump practice I cleared 5-06 and my coach said that this was an event I could excel in.”

Kaenen Akau

On the infield it was Kamehameha’s Kaenan Aukai Akua setting a new standard in the long jump with his leap of 22-09 to rank him number one in the state.

“I was looking at the other state leader and I knew I need to hit 22 feet to catch him,” Akua the two time BIIF long jump champ said.  “I was looking for a good jump and I had the speed and take off in the air.”

Akua’s leap separated himself by nine inches from the previous state leader and the junior Warrior believes it can still get better.

“I need to keep my feet out front as far as I can and I need to keep my butt off the sand,” Akua said.

Not to be outdone Konawaena’s Lia Galdeira leaped 17-10 to make her the number one contender in the BIIF going into the championships and #2 in the state.

Galdeira’s fantastic jump came moments after the gifted junior false started the 100 meter hurdles to eliminate herself from one of her premiere events.

“I was upset with the DQ,” Galdeira said. 

The disqualification is the hurdles proved to be the driving force behind Galdeira’s impressive long jump as that distance carries over into the finals.

Galdeira believes that she is capable of going over 18 feet within the next week to set her up for a possible gold medal at the state championships.

Wildcat teammate Ua Ruedy was producing eye popping results during the Qualifiers in the 100 and 200 dashes, 100 and 300 hurdles, and the long and triple jump to give her six individual events going into the finals.

Ruedy is considered by many to have the best chance to score the most points during the championship finals which would qualify her to be named female track athlete of the year.

Defending girls team champions, HPA, is considered the top contender for repeating as team champs but coach Pat Lau is taking nothing for granted.

“Anything can happen,” Lau said.  “One mistake can change the outcome.  Everything leading up to the championships has been a rehearsal and hopefully everything will fall into place.”

Since 2007 Lau’s Ka Makani girls teams have never finished lower than second.

“It’s not just about the athletes,” Lau said.  “Our coaches spend a lot of time with the kids and make a big difference in the outcome.”

Kamehameha is the defending boy’s team champion and Warrior Coach Kimo Weaver believes that any school can win it all.

“There is no clear favorite for the boy’s team title,” Weaver said.  “There are four teams in the hunt, including us, and anything can happen.

The BIIF championship begins with field events starting at 3pm and running events at 4 at Kamehameha’s Pai’ea Stadium on Saturday.  Admission charges are $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for students with activity cards.

April 30, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment