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BIIF Championships – Girls & Boys top 20 Open Results

Boys Open start photo

2010 BIIF Cross Country Championships                     

                                October 22, 2010                                

                           Hawaii Preparatory Academy                           

                         Girls 3 Mile Run CC OPEN

  1 Ladwig, Veronica             Hawaii Prep           23:34.69    1            

  2 Ulrich, Kelly                Hawaii Prep           24:14.12    2            

   3 Hono, Phoebe                 Hawaii Prep           24:33.62    3            

  4 White, Melissa               Hawaii Prep           24:38.75    4            

 5 Akai, Tsukasa                Hawaii Prep           24:46.88    5            

6 Sohriakoff, Jade             Hawaii Prep           24:55.74    6            

  7 Ignacio, Vanessa             Waiakea               25:08.35    7            

   8 Fojas, Jazz                  Hawaii Prep           25:20.96    8            

  9 Enos, Nina                   Hawaii Prep           25:21.50                 

 10 Manoha, Kaelynne             Kamehameha – Hawaii   25:25.45    9            

 11 Pitoy, Shea                  Hilo                  25:57.19                 

 12 Martin-Schatz, Svetlana      Hawaii Prep           26:00.62                 

 13 Torigoe, Katie               Waiakea               26:08.04   10            

 14 Friel, Rebekah               Kamehameha – Hawaii   26:12.78   11            

 15 Tamasese-Solomon, Malama     Hawaii Prep           26:14.52                 

 16 Benioni, Jessica             Hawaii Prep           26:19.87                 

 17 Nakahara, Meimei             Hawaii Prep           26:21.99                 

 18 Trainer, Hannah              Kamehameha – Hawaii   26:26.90   12            

 19 Lerma, Amanda                Kamehameha – Hawaii   26:33.42   13            

  20 Swain, Karley                Waiakea               26:38.70   14   

                     Boys 3 Mile Run CC OPEN

  1 Robinson, David              Honokaa               19:44.83    1            

  2 Cruz, Maka`ala               Kamehameha – Hawaii   20:11.76    2            

 3 Spetich, Michael             Hawaii Prep           20:24.64    3            

   4 Hirae, Jordan                Kamehameha – Hawaii   20:26.18    4            

  5 Kerr, Max                    Hilo                  20:34.17    5            

 6 Case, Dolen                  Honokaa               20:37.16    6            

 7 Severino, Michael            Hawaii Prep           20:47.21    7            

  8 Sanches, Pedro               Honokaa               20:52.96    8            

   9 WongYuen, Kauila             Kamehameha – Hawaii   20:54.08    9            

 10 Cockle, Keith                Honokaa               21:08.19   10            

 11 Alviento, Davin              Kea’au                21:09.15   11            

 12 Kim, Duk Hwan                Kea’au                21:10.86   12             

 13 Uemura, Ryne                 Waiakea               21:17.11   13            

 14 Haight, Spencer              Honokaa               21:21.18   14            

 15 DuVoisin, David              Kamehameha – Hawaii   21:21.80   15            

  16 Segobia, Isiah               Kea’au                21:22.88   16            

 17 Temple, Hiram                Kea’au                21:23.79   17            

 18 Johnston, McCrae             Parker School         21:24.84                 

  19 Memmer, Luke                 Hilo                  21:28.23   18            

  20 Martines, Adrian             Kea’au                21:28.60   19

October 22, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HPA Girls – Honokaa Boys Favored to Win BIIF Team Titles

Ramirez out for season

In what might have been one of the closest cross country races in Big Island Interscholastic Federation history Hilo’s best runner has turned up lame.

Viking Nadia Ramirez, who has led the Big Island in every race this season, has been sidelined due to an unexpected injury according to Hilo Coach Bill McMahon.

“Nadia’s season is over,” said the glum Hilo coach.  “Our team is going to pull together and we’ll run the best we can to a very good Hawaii Prep team.”

With Ramirez in the lineup it could have come down to the sixth runner during the BIIF championships to be held at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Friday, but without the Viking ace McMahon has not yet resigned himself to the runner-up position.

Coach McMahon

“My girls are ready and they are fired up so we will do well on Friday,” McMahon said.

HPA is the girl’s defending team champion and was expected to face strong challenge from Hilo as both squads have a bevy of talented harriers competing.

With points awarded to the top five runners on each squad the sixth member on the team would have counted in the event of a tie.  The Viking and Ka Makani have been battling each other during the regular season and it was believed by both coaches that the sixth runner was going to play an important role in determining the outcome.

“Hilo has a great team this year,” HPA coach Michael Franklin said.  “They are fast and they seem to have fun at every race.  We are excited for such intense competition and it has made us a stronger team.”

Franklin’s Ka Makani girls have won the BIIF title three of the past four years and, along with Hilo, is considered to be one of the top five teams in the state.

Coach Franklin

“I expect the team scores to be very close, but we are not focused on points,” Franklin said not knowing that Ramirez was out of the lineup.  “Defending the team title is not one of our primary goals; we’re focused on running our personal and team best on Friday.”

Leading the way for the girls all season long was Hilo’s Nadia Ramirez who went undefeated in BIIF competition this year.  HPA’s Kela Vargas gave Ramirez her closest race during the season when the two last met on Oct 2 at the Waimea campus. 

Vargas early kick was answered when Ramirez responded with a burst of her own to narrowly eclipse the Ka Makani harrier by less than a half second at the finish line.

Coach Franklin believes that Vargas leadership to the team plays an equally important role as her running talent.

“We are not focused on Kela winning anything,” Franklin said.  “This season and this week she is focused on joining our other captains, Sam Neal and Phoebe Hono, inspiring our younger runners and developing a strong team.”

Three time defending BIIF champion, Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell, has been hampered by a series of nagging injuries throughout the season and has not been able to display her powerful running skills as in years past.

“I just started out the season with no races that I’ve been happy with,” Greenwell said.  “Midway through the season I developed an Achilles problem and I’ve needed to do pool workouts to keep up with my cardio conditioning.”

Despite the setbacks this season Greenwell is a proven talent and cannot be counted out of winning her fourth BIIF title.

“My confidence hasn’t really come through for me this season, but I’m going into the championships wanting and hoping to win,” Greenwell said.

Coach Abner

The boy’s race is not expected to be as close as the girls with three time defending team champion, Honokaa, expected to four-peat.  Leading the way for the Dragon’s is individual BIIF champ, Chris Mosch.

Mosch got a late start this season as he was nursing a stress fracture he received at the end of the BIIF track & season this past May.  But in the last few weeks Mosch has reasserted himself at the top and is the clear favorite to claim another individual crown.

“My training has been going very well and I trust my training,” Mosch said.  “I feel very confident going into the championships and I know everything will go well on Friday.”

Mosch believes that Dragon teammates Josh Robinson and Chayce Moniz will also be at the front of the pack and is looking to see a strong team finish.

“I’d like to better my time from the last HPA meet, but my main focus is just to win,” Mosch said.

As for the team title Honokaa coach Josh Abner believes that his boy’s team will claim yet another title.

“This is my third year coaching at Honokaa and this is the third year we’re going for the team title,” Coach Josh Abner said.

“We have fostered such a competitive nature amongst ourselves that we focus on what Dragons do,” Abner said.  “Our competitive nature is our driving force and competing daily brings out our teams best.  These guys understand that every day is an opportunity to make each other better.”

Hilo had been placing second to the Dragons all season long and is expected to capture the runner up position.

“Anything can happen during a race,” Coach McMahon said.  “That is why they run the races rather than call them in.  With that said Honokaa is very strong and they will need to falter significantly to not take the championship.  We are aiming to make it to states as a team.”

The top two boy’s teams and top two girl’s teams advance to the HHSAA championships along with the 36 fastest girls and 37 fastest boys. The state championships will be held on Oahu on Thursday, Oct. 28.

October 19, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HPA Girls X-Country wins BIIF meet on home course

Lady Ka Makani win first BIIF meet of the season

Hawaii Preparatory Academy            2010 BIIF Cross Country – 10/2/2010                      

      All-Schools Meet         Event 1  Girls 3 Mile Run CC VARSITY

 1 #156 Ramrez, Nadia           Hilo                  20:48.61    1             2 #187 Vargas, Kela            Hawaii Prep           20:49.02    2         3 #182 Sims, Zoe               Hawaii Prep           21:20.10    3             4   #8 Kobayashi, Kelsie       Waiakea               21:30.39    4              5 #165 Evans, Emily            Hawaii Prep           21:43.60    5             6 #186 Van Pernis, Kristia     Hawaii Prep           22:09.54    6             7 #128 GreenWell, Tialana      Honokaa               22:28.17    7              8 #142 Shiraki, Allie          Honokaa               22:31.56    8             9 #148 De Bournmont, Shali     Hilo                  22:35.00    9           10 #177 Neal, Sam               Hawaii Prep           22:51.05   10             11 #168 Haight, Mariah          Hawaii Prep           22:52.32   11             12  #70 Van Mols, Kari          Kealakehe             22:55.95   12             13  #33 Choe, Grace             Makua Lani            23:05.59   13             14  #73 Busek, Jessica          Waiakea               23:12.92   14             15  #81 Nishimura-Thornton,     Kea’au                23:17.44   15             16 #170 Hono, Phoebe            Hawaii Prep           23:38.03   16             17  #11 Okinaka, Vandey         Waiakea               23:43.91   17             18 #152 Lawrence, Karina        Hilo                  23:53.14   18             19 #180 Scully, Hana            Hawaii Prep           23:54.28                  20  #78 Hagemann, Natalie       Kea’au                23:55.90   19             21 #157 Rapoza, Kaylee          Hilo                  23:59.33   20             22 #146 Cooke, Raycee           Hilo                  24:05.63   21             23  #34 Choe, Joy               Makua Lani            24:14.01   22             24  #57 Bianchi, Rachael        Kealakehe             24:15.85   23             25 #125 Carlos, Monica          Honokaa               24:19.51   24             26  #52 Osorio, Mary Joseph     Kohala                24:20.99                  27  #38 Nakamura, Tiffany       Makua Lani            24:22.51   25             28 #185 Ulrich, Kelly           Hawaii Prep           24:23.67                 29 #172 Kojima, Caylin          Hawaii Prep           24:29.03                 30  #16 Rasse, Haley            Waiakea               24:30.79   26         31  #14 Paulachak, Kara         Waiakea               24:32.69   27             32 #127 Greenwell, Kelly        Honokaa               24:36.02   28           33  #35 Mabuni, Angel           Makua Lani            24:43.09   29             34 #151 Kerr, Lauren            Hilo                  24:48.36   30             35 #122 Adona, Hildang          Honokaa               24:49.59   31

1 Hawaii Prep   26    2    3    5    6   10   11   16         

 2 Hilo                 69    1    9   18   20   21   30   36         

 3 Waiakea          88    4   14   17   26   27   33   37         

4 Honokaa           98    7    8   24   28   31   35   40         

5 Makua Lani     123   13   22   25   29   34   45              

6 Kea’au        152   15   19   38   39   41   43   44         

7 Kealakehe                   155   12   23   32   42   46

October 2, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

HPA Girls, Honokaa Boys, Favored to win BIIF Cross-Country Titles

HPA girls favored to win cross country team title

The Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country season will get off to a running start this Saturday when Christian Liberty Academy plays host to the Canefire Conditioner which will showcase prep harriers in a sequence of one-mile hand off races.

CLA has played host to the BIIF opener for the past four years with coach, Frank Grotenhuis, instituting a unique pair of races that develops both speed and endurance.  

 The Canefire Conditioner allows each school to enter their pair of runners with each running three alternating one-mile legs.  “This race can be brutal as each kid runs their hardest on each leg,” Grotenhuis said.

Grotenhuis ran cross country for Taylor University in Indiana, where his school hosted a preseason meet that featured the same format which is now featured at CLA as the BIIF harrier opener.

 The BIIF will see the returns of league individual champions Tialana Greenwell and Chris Mosch, both of Honokaa, who will attempt to retain their 3-mile long individual distance cross-country titles.

3x BIIF champ, Tia Greenwell

Greenwell is the three time defending BIIF champion and her only loss in league competition came during her first race as a freshman.  For three years she has totally dominated within the league and for her success she has been named Honokaa’s Female Athlete of the Year for all three years.

“I’ve been training and running on my own for the past several weeks,” Greenwell said.  “I don’t want to take anything for granted and I want to go out as a four time BIIF champion.”

Greenwell finished second in state competition during her sophomore year when the meet was held on a hilly HPA course.  “I’m hoping our team can make it to states this year and that I can finish somewhere in the top three.”

Joining Greenwell will be sister Kelly-Ann who is a sophomore.  The Greenwell duo will be paired once again in the Canefire Conditioner.   Another youngster, incoming freshman, Allie Shiraki, should bring added depth to a balanced Dragon squad.  “Allie is already running with us during practice and should help us repeat as BIIF team runner-ups,” Greenwell said.

Chris Mosch

 Mosch is coming back from a stress fracture which hampered his chances to medal during the end of his BIIF Track & Field season in May.

“My training has been coming along and I’ll be ready for the CLA meet,” Mosch said.  Mosch, along with teammate Josh Robinson, are the defending pair champions from the Canefire Conditioner and are hoping for a repeat performance on Saturday.

  “This season I’m hoping to defend my BIIF title and place in the top five overall at states.  Our team has five of its top seven runners from last year returning so we are hoping to defend the team title as well.” Mosch said.

 Defending team champions, Honokaa for the boys and Hawaii Preparatory Academy for the girls, are loaded with talented runners and look to be in position to defend their crowns.

 Dragon coach Josh Abner has most of his firepower back with Mosch and Robinson, accompanied by Chayce Moniz, Dylan Shiraki and Brandon Mah to make another run at the BIIF team title.

 Ka Makani girls are loaded with experienced talent with six of their top seven runners from last year ready to make another run at the league crown.

 Kela Vargas, Zoe Sims and Emily Evans return for HPA as the trio finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively during the 2009 BIIF championships.  Samantha Neal (13th), Hana Scully (18th), and Phoebe Hono (25th) give the Ka Makani enough firepower to defend their crown.

 “Our main goal this year, as always, is to develop healthy lifestyles that we can endure for the rest of our lives,” HPA coach Michael Franklin said.

 HPA carries 25 girls on the roster and Franklin is optimistic about their chances to see a few in that group battle for the opportunity to make the top seven on the varsity team.

 Franklin has coached the ladies from Waimea for four consecutive years, winning three BIIF team titles in the process.  “Each year that I’ve been here the league has become more competitive, so by no means does our past guarantee any future victories.  We are definitely not taking anything for granted,” he said.

Kamehameha-Hawaii girls will have a pair of their top runners coming back to lead a young Warrior squad.  “We’re hoping to get a team to the state meet this season,” Joel Truesdell, Warrior girls coach, said.

Truesdell believes that he’ll know more about his girl’s squad after the Canefire Conditioner.  “We will learn a little at this Saturday’s meet and a lot more once we get into the BIIF all-schools meets,” he said.

Around the league there are a number of returning harriers that should be running in the lead pack this year.  For the boys:  Jackson Halford, Waiakea; Brandt Mabuni and Devin Vandervoort, Makua Lani; Tyde Kaneshiro, Rick Michels and Billy Ray, Hilo.

For the girls watch for Grace Choe, Makua Lani; Kelsie Kobayashi, Waiakea; Shalia De Bourmont, Hilo; and Deann Nishimura-Thornton, Keaau, to all make a run for top honors and possibly challenge Greenwell.

However getting a BIIF team to qualify for the state championship this season might be more difficult compared to years past.  Two years ago the BIIF sent their top four teams to the big dance and last season that number was reduced to the top three.

The BIIF has reduced the number of teams that will win automatic qualification to the HHSAA meet this season to two.  “The BIIF coaches decided that they would rather have more individuals qualify and voted to reduce the number of teams in order to send more of our top runners to the state meet,” BIIF cross-country coordinator Steve Perry said.

Saturday’s Canefire Condition begins at 10 am with the girl’s race, followed at 11 am with the boy’s race.  Grotenhuis expects that results will be available around 12:30 and will present awards to the top 10 pairs of runners from each race, plus an additional 5 pairs of awards to the next scoring pairs in the open division.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment