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BIIF track and field season gets a running start on Saturday

     It’s never easy to dethrone a champion and this track & field season won’t be any different as the Big Island Interscholastic Federation defending girls and boys champions look for a repeat.

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s girls and Waiakea boys look to defend their team titles when the BIIF gets a running start with dual season openers at Kamehameha and Konawaena on Saturday.

“We return a young, but experienced girls team,” Veteran Ka Makani Coach Pat Lau said.

“Our strength will be with our distance girls in events of 400 meters and above.”

Lau has the luxury of having the entire 2011 girl’s state champion cross country team on the track.

Zoe Sims, last year’s 1500 meter state champion along with Kristiana Van Pernis who placed in both the 1500 and 800 meter events at states, will headline the talented Ka Makani distance squad.

“Besides our distance girls we have two strong finishers in pole vault, Sydney Budde and Taylor Esaki,” Lau said.

Experience is the name of the game with HPA having two hurdlers in Emily Evans and Katie Case which give firepower and depth to Ka Makani track squad.

“In the rest of the events we have a lot of new girls and they should do well,” Lau said.

Lau also has a host of talent to choose from with another large turnout on the track.

“This year we have another big  team with 47 girls and 32 boys, most are still learning,” Lau said.  “Pole vault alone will have 11 athletes with only 4 having experience.”

Lau points to his coaches which are working hard at finding the right events for each of his athletes.

“Our coaches will spend time with each and every one of them to find how they can best contribute to the team,” Lau said.

The HPA boys return state shot put and discus champion Shane Brostek and Lau feels that he will have another great year.

“Our senior leader is Kayden Haleakala in the pole vault and sprints,” Lau said.  “We expect a few surprises in the hurdles and jumps with our young boys.”

Defending boy’s team champions, Waiakea, return most of their squad from last season which have coaches Mary Jane and Lance Tominaga looking for a repeat.

“We’re expecting our returnees to contribute in their events,” MJ Tominaga said.

The Tominaga’s have high expectations for Mauna Palama-Danielson, throws, Jackson Halford, Ian McQuate and Keoni Rice in the mid to long distance races, Michael Morikawa and Kevin Nicolas in the hurdles and jumps and Colton Austria in sprints.

“We have about 40 athletes on the boy’s side and we expect some of our new additions to be key contributors to this year’s team,” Coach Tominaga said.  “We feel the team will be competitive as we have the depth to field athlete in every event except for pole vault.”

Waiakea has a small girl’s team with 15 and the Tominaga’s agree that they lack the depth of the boy’s squad.

Key individuals for the Warrior girls will come from Kelsie Kobayashi in distance, Haley Rasse, mid distance and Teisha Nacis in sprints.

Around the rest of the league:

KEAAU will field a large squad of 77 athletes, but according to Coach Vicky Chai-Guerpo most are young and have raw talent.

“We have a close knit group of kids who are focused on doing their best,” Chai-Guerpo said.  “Our goal is to be a ‘brotherhood’ caring about each other and if we accomplish this, then a win may follow.”

The Cougars will rely on the experience of a sprint core made up of Jesse Huihui, Damien Packer, and Alexander Engdahl. Teammates Cliff Ericksson, jumps and hurdles; Nelson Enos, pole vault; Talon Ota, jumps and 400; Joey Aquino, high jump; Randi Estrada, sprints; and Deann Nishimura-Thornton at distance events.

HILO with veteran coach Bill McMahon has a good turnout of mostly young girls and he is trying to see how they will develop.

“Our girls will bring back Carmen Garson-Shumway at distance, along with Shina Chung at Pole Vault,” McMahon said.

The Viking boys will see Zack Atagi in the discus and shot.

“Our boys had a good turnout but almost all are new guys so we don’t know what we have yet,” McMahon said.  “We are going to try to be competitive.”

HONOKAA – One of the league’s best distance coaches, Josh Abner, brings with him one of the strongest 1500 and 3K runners on the track in Chase Moniz along with brothers Robert and Tony Conners handling the mid distance. 

“I also have high expectations for our 4×400 meter relay team and sprints with the addition of Dylan Oanadasan, Brooks McVey, and Koa Phenice returning,” Abner said.

Abner also noted that Josh Tobias will join the team, after a fantastic soccer season.

For the Dragon girls Abner has high hopes for Hildhang Adona and Kelly Greenwell in the distance races along with Nahe Lau and Yvonne Daniels in the sprint events.

KAU – has a new coach, but a familiar face on campus, Kapua Lapera returns to her alma mater after graduating and running cross country for the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The Trojans return one of the islands fastest sprinter and jumper in junior Christina Padrigo. 

Marley Stand-Nicolaisen, triple jump and hurdles along with teammate Alika Kaopua, the BIIF triple jump champion will also be a highlight for Kau.

KAMEHAMEHA – Under head coach Kimo Weaver always produces outstanding hurdlers who have gone on to win state titles.  Weaver is a master coach in the hurdles as that is his area of expertise.

The Warriors will carry between 20 and 30 boys and another 20 to 30 girls, according to Weaver.

Outstanding returnees include Kaenen Aukai Akau in the long jump and sprints along with Chelsea Poe in sprints and relays and Alyssa Lehua McGuire in the hurdles, pole vault and relays.

“Our strengths are in the jumps, but we are a young and inexperienced team,” Weaver said. “Our main goal is to simple get better every week and having fun doing it.”

KONAWAENA –  Wildcat coaches Kuulei Saole and Kuulika Taveras return some super star power in Ua Ruedy, the defending state champion in the 300 hurdles and Lita Taomoefalau who placed third in the BIIF throws.

The big question was whether or not basketball great Lia Galderia will compete as she was questionable going into the preseason while she was still working on preparing for college, according to a school source.

Galderia, a muli talented athlete will appear in action on the BIIF track scene, as her presence will add a boost to the Wildcat program according to sources within the BIIF.

The BIIF regular track and field season gets a leaping start this Saturday as West side schools head to Kona with East side running on the Kamehameha Keaau track.

Both venues start with field events at 9 am and running events commencing at 10 am.


March 30, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keaau Middle tracksters finish last workout for 2011 – photo layout

KHS track star Randi Estrada came by to help the Greenwave


KMS track stars of tomorrow concluded their final workout on the KHS track under the direction of PE teacher, Mrs. Big Dog.    The Greenwave will have their next practice at school on Monday, January 9, 2012.

The P&R track season begins in february 2012.   Happy New Year to all the happy and healthy Greenwave track participants from their relay coach, Mr. Big Dog

December 30, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , | 1 Comment

All BIIF Volleyball Selections – Blue Bracket

First team      Player Gr. Pos. School

Waihilo Chartrand 12 Outside hitter Hilo   Destynee Figueroa 12 Outside hitter Hilo

Leeta Grap 12 Middle blocker Hawaii Prep   Ariana Kaleo 12 Middle blocker Waiakea

Shae Kanakaole 11 Outside hitter Kamehameha  Kawehi Lopez 12  Defender/libero Kamehameha

Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama 12 Outside hitter Waiakea

Player of the Year: Leeta Grap, Hawaii Prep

Coach of the Year: Kyle Kaaa, Kamehameha

Second team   Player Gr. Pos. School

Tehane Agbayani 11 Setter Kamehameha  Kaylee Castillo 12 Setter Keaau

Jacie Chang 12 Setter Hilo   Randi Estrada 12 Outside hitter Keaau

Macy Hayashi 12 Outside hitter Waiakea  Bree Kaneakua 11 Middle blocker Kamehameha

Kalei Paige 12 Middle blocker Kamehameha

Honorable mention

HPA: Katie Case, outside hitter; Gabbie Ewing, outside hitter; Nani Lum, libero; Nua Potts, setter; Tiana Reynolds, middle

Hilo: Amanda Loeffler, rightside hitter; Leilani Smith, middle; Ena Tilini-Livai, middle; Evalani Toledo, rightside hitter

Honokaa: Monica Muskat, middle; Precious Chong, setter

Kamehameha: Khalia Moke-Sakamoto, setter

Keaau: Pakalana Kaneta-Nobriga, libero; Munirah Msikizi-Jackson, middle; Anamalia Suesue, middle

Pahoa: Bethany Viernes, middle

Waiakea: Janel Dulan, middle; Tanalei Louis, libero; Shanice Navarro, setter

December 15, 2011 Posted by | volleyball | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Large number of BIIF TRack & Field athletes make finals of HHSAA

After day one of the HHSAA track & field qualifiers held on Maui several Big Island Interscholastic Federation Athletes made it into today’s finals.  Below is the list of qualifiers going into the finals:

BOYS                 Shane Brostek, HPA, #1 shot, #3 discus

Mauna Palamama-Danielson, WHS, #5 shot, #7 discus              Kaenen Aukai Akua, Kamehameha, #3 long jump

Everett McKee, Kamehameha, #5 long jump, #7 110 Hurdles                   Michael Morikawa, WHS, #6, long jump

Travis Winters, WHS, #7 long jump, and FINISHED #3 high jump going 6-02

Jesse Huihui, Keaau, #8 100, #5 200

Jackson Halford, WHS, #6 1500, #7 800              Luca Walter, Kealakehe, #3 400

Chris Mosch, Honokaa, #8 3K                                     Andrew Langtry, St. Joseph, #12 3K


Emalia Galdeira, Kona, #1 long jump, #5 triple jump, #3 100 hurdles, #5 100, #6 200  McKenna Davidson, Kealakehe, #8 long jump

Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Kau, #8 triple jump           Lana Queen, HPA, #6 100 hurdles, #4 300 hurdles

Zoe Sims, HPA, #4 1500, #2 400                                     Carmen Garson-Shumway, Hilo, #5 1500

Kristiana Van Pernis, HPA, #6 1500, #3 800               Kela Vargas, HPA, #9, 1500

Randi Estrada, Keaau, #7 400                                        Ua Ruedy, Kona, #3 300 hurdles

HPA girls seeded #2 in the 4×400 relay                    Kealakehe girls seeded #7 4×400 relay

May 7, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keaau’s Estrada, HPA’s Twigg-Smith win High Jump


Estrada misses at 5 feet

Keaau’s Randi Estrada and HPA’s George Twigg-Smith were the winners of the high jump this past Saturday at Hawaii Prep in Waimea.

Estrada just missed an automatic qualifying berth while Twigg-Smith hit a personal best height, clearing 6 feet to make it to the Big Dance.
BIIF action concludes this weekend with the individual and team championships at Kamehameha.
Girls High Jump BIIFQualify: B  4-02     HHSAA Auto: A  5-00        HHSAA Cons: C  4-10                                                         
  1 Randi Estrada             JR Keaau                  4-10.00C  10  
  2 Kaila Voss                JR Kealakehe              4-08.00B   8  
  3 Catherine Thorbecke       JR Hawaii Prep            4-06.00B   6  
  4 Lyndsey Neubecker         JR Kealakehe              4-04.00B   4  
  5 Kelsi Nishina             SR Hawaii Prep            4-04.00B   2  
  6 Rachael Bianchi           JR Kealakehe              4-02.00B   0.50
  6 Bianca Geissler           SR Hawaii Prep         4-02.00B   0.50

Boys High Jump BIIFQualify: B  5-02            HHSAA Auto: A  6-00    HHSAA Cons: C  5-08                                                          
  1 George Twigg-Smith        SR Hawaii Prep           6-00.00A  10  
  2 Travis Winters            JR Waiakea               5-08.00C   8  
  3 Kyle Katase               SR Hawaii Prep           5-06.00B   6  
  4 Rokas Cesnulevicius       SR Hawaii Prep          J5-06.00B   4  
  5 Alexander Engdahl         JR Keaau                J5-06.00B   2  
  6 Micah Kaaihue             FR Kamehameha HI        5-04.00B   0.50
  6 Joseph Aquino Jr          JR Keaau                5-04.00B   0.50


April 23, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment