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BIIF List of Girls Cross Country team and individual champions since 1973

 

GIRLS

GIRLS

 

 

Team Champion

Indiv. Champion

School

2011

 

 

 

2010

Hawaii Prep

Kela Vargas

HPA

2009

Hawaii Prep

Tia Grenwell

Honokaa

2008

Hawaii Prep

Tia Grenwell

Honokaa

2007

Kamehameha

Tia Grenwell

Honokaa

2006

Hawaii Prep

Keri Ogden

HPA

2005

Kamehameha

Lucy Pollard

HPA

2004

Hawaii Prep

Keri Ogden

HPA

2003

Hawaii Prep

Keri Ogden

HPA

2002

Hawaii Prep

Tamarah Binik

Waiakea

2001

Hawaii Prep

Angela Beck

Waiakea

2000

Hawaii Prep

 

 

1999

Hawaii Prep

Cobey Ackerman

HPA

1998

Hawaii Prep

Lisa McManus

HPA

1997

Hawaii Prep

Maromi Abe

Hilo

1996

Hawaii Prep

Casey McGuire-Turcotte

HPA

1995

Hawaii Prep

Casey McGuire-Turcotte

Ka’u

1994

Hawaii Prep

Heather Onuma

HPA

1993

Hawaii Prep

Kelly Buscher

HPA

1992

Hawaii Prep

 

 

1991

Waiakea HS

Rachel Shackelford

HPA

1990

Hawaii Prep

 

 

1989

Hawaii Prep

Judy Stott

HPA

1988

Hawaii Prep

 

 

1987

Hawaii Prep

Lane Pogue

HPA

1986

Hawaii Prep

 

 

1985

Hawaii Prep

Tiare Judd

HPA

1984

Hawaii Prep

Tracie Howard

Hilo

1983

Waiakea HS

Tiare Judd

HPA

1982

Hawaii Prep

Tiare Judd

HPA

1981

x

x

x

1980

Hawaii Prep

Theresa Elbogen

HPA

1979

Hawaii Prep

 

 

1978

Hawaii Prep

Purea Knight

HPA

1977

Hawaii Prep

Wende Haserot

HPA

1976

Hawaii Prep

Wende Haserot

HPA

1975

Hawaii Prep

Maile Wall

HPA

1974

Hawaii Prep

Maile Wall

HPA

1973

Hawaii Prep

Maile Wall

HPA

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September 23, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sophomores Kobayashi, Huihui & Brostek shine in Kona

Keaau senior Daniel Brooks leads the boys 800

KEALAKEKUA – It was a banner day for three sophomores at the Julian Yates Field on the Konawaena track this past Saturday.

   Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi, Keaau’s Jesse Huihui and Hawaii Preps Shane Brostek all had key wins during a regular season Big Island Interscholastic Federation all-schools meet to showcase their up and coming abilities.

Kobayashi

Kobayashi started the day in the grueling 3000 meter race in a heat with some of the finest distance runners in the league.

  “I decided to run my own race today and not follow anyone,” Kobayashi said. 

   That’s exactly what the young Warrior did, as she jumped out to an early lead right from the start with the pack in hot pursuit.

   Honokaa’s Tialana Greenwell stayed on Kobayashi’s heels for six and a half laps before trying to surge ahead on the bell lap, but Kobayashi quickly recovered and put on a surge of her own to win the 3K by nearly four seconds over Greenwell in a time of 11 minutes 48.32 seconds.

   “Today’s time was a personal best for me,” Kobayashi said.  “When Tia passed me I said to myself that I can’t give up and dug deep.  I know I need to get faster and I really need to work on my kick at the end of the race.”

   Kobayashi returned to the track later in the day to run in the first heat of the girls 800 meter run, a race she had never done this year, winning her heat in 2:37.15.

   “The 800 was a practice race for me and a chance for me to work on my speed,” she said.  “But my focus this year will be on the 1500 and 3000.”

   While Kobayashi was impressive in the distance race, Keaau’s Jesse Huihui was winning the sprints.

Huihui

Huihui began the day with a win in the 100 meter dash, clocking 11.29 seconds and later winning the 200 in 22.95.  In the interim Huihui anchored his 4×100 relay team to victory as the Cougar foursome clocked in at 44.97.

   “It feels good to win, but I still haven’t reached my goals in the 100 and 200,” Huihui said.  “I want to break 11 seconds for the 100 and I need to get my 200 time under 22.8.”

   Admittedly, Huihui is running a lot faster than his freshman year, but the young sprinter still wants to become more competitive.  

  “I want to keep up with the Oahu people,” he said.  “I’m working harder at practice and I’m pushing myself more than last year and the results are beginning to show.”

   Far off the track and across the road that divides the Kona campus was the shot put and discus ring, an area overshadowed by some of the largest people in the sport, the throwers.

Brostek

Leading the BIIF contingent is HPA’s Shane Brostek who swept both events on Saturday with solid throws.

   Brostek is the defending BIIF shot put champion and continues to lead the league with his near 50 foot tosses.

   “I like the shot better than the discus,” Brostek said.  “My goal this year is to hit 54 or 55 feet for the shot and 150 feet for the discus.”

   Last year, as a freshman, Brostek placed in the shot at the state championships, and this year he ranks as one of the leaders in distance.

   “I need to work on my technique and keep my head up when I throw the shot,” he said.  “In the discus I need to stay lower in my spin.  If I can do those things and it all comes together I will reach my goals.”

Brooks

Another fine middle distance runner is Keaau senior Daniel Brooks.  Brooks, who leads the league with the best time in the 800 this season decided to give the 3000 a try at the Kona meet.

   “I just wanted to get a time in for the 3000 so that by the end of the season if I need to run it to help my team score points in the championships, I will,” he said.

   Brooks was challenged during most of his race by Kealakehe’s Geoff Whitener as both boys exchanged the lead several times during the seven and a half lap race.  The Cougar pulled away in the late stages of the race to win by eight seconds, clocking in at 9:40.88.

  Later Brooks returned to run his specialty race, the 800, but admittedly went out too slow in his attempt to improve on his time.

   “I ran my first lap in 64 seconds and my second lap at 60 seconds,” Brooks said.  “I need to get out faster if I hope to break 2 minutes, but that just didn’t happen today.”

Edwards

Perhaps the most astonishing performance of the day came from state hurdle champion, Kau’s Jacob Edwards, as the senior posted the best times in the state for the 110 (14.47 seconds) and the 300 (38.80 seconds).

   Jacobs had just run at an invitational meet on Oahu the day before and was coming off impressive victories at the Kamehameha-Kapalama campus, when he turned in an Olympic performance in Kona.

   “It’s been over a decade since someone has ever run under 39 seconds for the 300 hurdles in this state,” Kau Coach Bob Martin said.  “No one from the Big Island has ever run that fast!”

   Martin believes that Edwards’s performance now ranks him as one of the top three hurdlers in Hawaii state track history.

   “Jacob has been working hard since his freshman year and he comes from a small school that practices on a grass surface,” Martin said.  “His accomplishments have set himself apart from anyone in our schools history.”

   Martin believes that Edwards is talented enough to go under 38 seconds for the 300 and could go into the low 14’s for the 110.

  “What’s phenomenal is that we haven’t seen this sort of effort (in the hurdles) in years,” Martin said.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Harriers Ready for HHSAA on Kauai

BIIF top 5 boys

BIIF best readies for State Championship on Saturday

In Chinese Astrology 2009 is the Year of the Earth Ox, but don’t tell that to Josh Abner as the cross-country coach from Honokaa would tell you this is the Year of the Dragons.

Abner and his Dragon teams are headed to Kauai and on Saturday will run against the state’s best harriers in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Cross-Country Championships.

The Dragon boys are the three time defending Big Island Interscholastic Federation team champions and are led by individual champion Chris Mosch. 

“I believe this group of boys has a shot to do something really special for our school, our community and the entire Big Island,” Abner said.  “The highest level of competition brings out the best and I’m still not totally sure that my guys know what they are capable of.”

Honokaa is loaded with talent as four of their boys placed in the top seven of the BIIF championships held at Kamehameha on Oct. 24.

Joshua Robinson, Chayce Moniz and Geo Chavez-Pardinin complemented Mosch top finish by going fifth through seventh respectively as the Dragons ran away with the team title by 56 points over runner-up Waiakea.

“We could have four boys in the top 20 if we have a good day,” Abner said of the HHSAA championship.  “This race is all about being mentally prepared and leaving it all out there and in many rights a test of pure guts.”

The Kamehameha-Oahu boy’s team champions of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu are the heavy favorites to win the team title and are led by Jordan Thibodeau. 

The front runner for the individual crown at the HHSAA is Leilehua’s Margarito Martinez from the Oahu Interscholastic Association.  Iolani’s Borys Pleskacz will run with the lead pack, along with Island School and Kauai Interscholastic Federation Champion, Pierce Murphy.

Daniel Brooks
Daniel Brooks

Also expected to compete with the front runners is Keaau’s Daniel Brooks who finished second to Mosch at the BIIF championships.

The state race is a bitter sweet moment for Brooks as the senior lost his older brother on the same day as the island championships.

“I’ll be flying to Maui on Thursday for a memorial service for my older brother who was 38 years old when he died,” Brooks said.  “I decided to go ahead and run on Kauai and I will try to do my best and hopefully place somewhere in the top 10. I plan on going out hard and will dedicate this race in my brother’s memory.”

While the Dragon boys were running all over their field of competitors it was the HPA girls that left their Ka Makani mark at Kamehameha.

HPA is led by junior Kela Vargas who finished 38 seconds behind Greenwell to claim second place.

Vargas is a smart competitor who knows how to pace herself brought in a pair of freshmen teammates Zoe Sims and Emily Evans that claimed third and fourth respectively.

“Kela (Vargas) is a true soul runner,” HPA coach, Michael Franklin said.  “I try to use scientific methods to help her develop, but ultimately she runs fast because she loves the feel of the wind in her face.”

Franklin believes that Vargas could finish in the top 10 on Kauai, but more importantly that she will continue to lead the other Ka Makani runners to a strong team finish.

“I do expect Zoe (Sims) and Emily (Evans) in the top 20,” Franklin said.  “They have very positive energy; they began the season as competent athletes and are now smart competitors.”

The Kauai course is considered fast with no challenging hills, which may be a disadvantage to the hill harriers at HPA, but Franklin remains optimistic about his girl’s chances. 

“We expect a flat course on Kauai, so all of our runners have a PR (personal record) as an individual goal.  As a team we hope to break into the top 5,” Franklin said.

The Dragon girls are the BIIF team runner-up to Hawaii Prep, and feature three time individual champion Tialana Greenwell.

Greenwell finished second in the state last year and is considered a slight underdog to Seabury senior Hailey Grossman the individual champion from the Maui Interscholastic League.

“Tia (Greenwell) has gotten stronger every week and has a chance to take her first state title,” Abner said.  “Winning the BIIF is an honor that she is very proud of, but now she has her hopes set much higher.”

Josh Abner
Coach Abner

Abner believes that the Honokaa girls could finish somewhere within the top five teams in the state on a perfect day.   “If everything goes well and we have a little luck on our side,” he said of his team’s chances to break into the top 5.

Punahou is the favorite to win the HHSAA girls team title and is led by freshman Ellie Brady. The Buff ‘n Blue will be challenged by a strong Mililani team that showcases Gabriella Jenkins, Kimberly Pugliese and 2007 state champion Kristin Ali Keith.

“It all starts with believing, and I truly believe in each one of these kids way beyond their individual running abilities.  We are building young, prosperous adults here, not just runners,” Abner said.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Events, High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Regular Season Ends as Runners Begin to Peak

BIIF Championships on Oct 24

BIIF Championships on Oct 24

The Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross country regular season ended on Saturday with an all-schools meet held at Kamehameha’s Keaau Campus.

   Honokaa’s Tia Greenwell and Chris Mosch captured individual honors with the Dragons winning the boys team scoring and Hawaii Preparatory Academy taking the girls team title.

   In the girls race it was all Greenwell, from start to finish, as the junior and two time defending BIIF individual champion finished the regular season undefeated in island competition. Greenwell’s winning time was 20 minutes and 50 seconds which was 51 seconds slower than her desired goal of breaking the 20 minute barrier.

Athena Oldfather
Athena Oldfather

   Dragon teammate, Athena Oldfather, tried to stay close to Greenwell and found herself finishing in second place 11 seconds behind.

   “I, along with half our team, took the SAT’s today and I was mentally drained coming into this race,” Oldfather said.

   Oldfather credited Makua Lani’s Grace Choe for her strong finish.  “I thought Grace (Choe) ran a very good race as she helped pace me for the first half of the race,” Oldfather said.

   “I didn’t have any goals or race plan coming into today.  I just wanted to run and never gave it much thought.  I’m really proud of how our    ` team did today,” Oldfather said.

Kela Vargas
Kela Vargas

Despite having the first two runners cross the finish line ahead of the rest of the field it was HPA, led by Kela Vargas, that won top team honors.

   “Our team is right where they should be at this point of the season,” HPA coach, Michael Franklin said.  “My two freshmen, Zoe Sims and Emily Evans, really surprised me as they finished 4th and 5th overall.”

   Franklin gave much of the credit to junior, Kela Vargas, in helping get his freshmen into the top five.  “Kela is an experienced runner, strong and consistent, and she paced our two freshmen,” he said.

   “(Vargas) is brilliant at pacing and she is teaching our two younger, more inexperienced runners who have great potential, how to run better,” Franklin said.

   “I was in 6th or 7th place running with Kelsie (Kobayashi from Waiakea), Grace (Choe) and Bronte (Kaneakua from Kamehameha) during the first half of the race,” Vargas said.

    “When we approached the two mile marker I separated from the pack and moved into third place.  I felt like I was gaining on Athena (Oldfather) at the end of the race, but I just couldn’t catch up to her,” Vargas said.

   This was the second week in a row that Vargas finished third and she was pleased with the result.  “It feels really good to be third and I’m happy where I’m at,” she said.

For the boys it was pack of five runners that were glued together going into the second half of the three mile race.

   “I ran relaxed for the first mile, aggressive the second mile and I left it all out there on the third mile,” Chris Mosch said of his winning time of 17 minutes flat.

   Mosch was in a pack at the half way point which included Keaau’s Daniel Brooks, HPA’s Tyler Tsubota, Makua Lani’s Dylan Hardie-Jordan and Hilo’s Tyde Kaneshiro.

   “Any one of those guys in the lead pack can win this race on any given day,” Mosch said.  “It will come down to who is the best prepared for the BIIF championships.”

   Mosch has won both all-schools meets at Kamehameha this season (Kamehameha will host the BIIF championships on October 24) and sets himself up as the man to beat going into the finals.

   “I feel real confident and I’m fine with being the guy to beat at BIIF’s,” Mosch said.  “The BIIF championships should definitely be a good race and a lot of who will win that race has to do with who is the best prepared.”

   In getting ready for the championships Honokaa has brought their runners to practice on the Kamehameha course four times during the past week.  “It really helped me to train on this course during the week,” Mosch said.  “I learned where all the mile markers are located and what to expect while running this course.  It was a big advantage for us to train here.”

Tyler Tsubota
Tyler Tsubota

Rising star, Tyler Tsubota of HPA, has been making steady improvement throughout the season and has positioned himself to make a run at the boy’s individual crown.

   “I was playing soccer during the summer and never came into the season with my cross country conditioning,” Tsubota said.  “Things are all starting to fall into place now and I’m happy where I am at going into the championships.”

   Tsubota was trailing Makua Lani’s Hardie-Jordan with about 100 yards to the finish when he turned on an awesome kick to catch Hardie-Jordan in the final 20 yards and nip him at the finish line to claim second overall in a time of 17:16.

   “Dylan (Hardie-Jordan) is my friend and we play soccer together, so I really wanted to beat him,” Tsubota said.

   “I think I have a good start and a good finish during my races and I’ve made it my goal to finish in the top 10 at states this year,” he said.

   The BIIF will hold the island cross-country championships on Saturday, October 24 at Kamehameha with the top three teams for both the boys and girls advancing to the HHSAA championships on October 31 at Kauai.

   Beyond the top three teams the top 16 boys and top 17 girls will also advance to the state championships.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Girl’s Varsity Results from Kamehameha Meet

Honokaa girls, led by Tia Greenwell and Athena Oldfather

Honokaa girls, led by Tia Greenwell and Athena Oldfather

Team scoring:  HPA 36, Honokaa 71, Hilo 89, Makua Lani 111, Kamehameha 112, Waiakea 136, Parker 162 and Keaau 167

Girls 3 Mile Run CC Varsity
=======================================================================         
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
=======================================================================         
  1 Greenwell, Tialana        11 Honokaa High School   20:50.03    1            
  2 Oldfather, Athena         12 Honokaa High School   21:01.13    2            
  3 Vargas, Kela              11 H P A                 21:04.92    3            
  4 Sims, Zoe                  9 H P A                 21:07.01    4            
  5 Evans, Emily               9 H P A                 21:09.13    5            
  6 Kobayashi, Kelsie         10 Waiakea High School   21:42.63    6            
  7 Choe, Grace               10 Makua Lani            21:48.45    7            
  8 De Bourmont, Shalila      10 Hilo High School      21:49.80    8            
  9 Chock, Kaitlyn            12 Waiakea High School   21:51.22    9            
10 Kaneakua, Bronte          12 Kamehameha HI         21:52.12   10            
11 Ulrich, Melanie           12 H P A                 21:56.88   11            
12 Mabuni, Alexis            11 Makua Lani            22:08.89   12            
13 Neal, Sam                 11 H P A                 22:20.63   13            
14 Mabuni, Angel             11 Makua Lani            22:35.21   14            
15 Palermo, Traci            11 Hilo High School      22:46.49   15            
16 Scully, Hana              11 H P A                 22:48.17   16            
17 Nishimura-Thorton, DeeAn  10 Keaau High School     22:51.90   17            
18 Kim, Corin                10 Kamehameha HI         23:18.38   18            
19 Osorio, Mary Jo           11 Kohala High School    23:26.57                 
20 Kishimoto, Kim            11 Honokaa High School   23:41.55   19            
21 Lawrence, Karina          10 Hilo High School      23:45.83   20            
22 Cooke, Raycee             10 Hilo High School      23:51.08   21            
23 Aguilar, Katherine        10 Honokaa High School   23:52.80   22            
24 Carvalho, Erin            10 Kamehameha HI         23:54.46   23            
25 Hoy, Jeanine              12 Parker High School    24:00.58   24            
26 Delacruz, Bree            10 Hilo High School      24:02.37   25            
27 Pacheco, Tiffany           9 Kamehameha HI         24:05.46   26            
28 Pautz, Whitney            10 Hualalai Academy      24:24.46                 
29 Carlos, Monica             9 Honokaa High School   24:26.85   27            
30 Whitfield, Nathalie       11 Parker High School    24:28.97   28            
31 Hono, Phoebe              11 H P A                 24:47.62   29            
32 Nakamura, Tiffany          9 Makua Lani            24:51.20   30            
33 Cambra, Taylor            11 C L A                 25:03.47                 
34 Kerr, Lauren              11 Hilo High School      25:15.94   31            
35 Ansel, Emma                9 Parker High School    25:21.96   32            
36 Hagemann, Natalie          9 Keaau High School     25:29.48   33            
37 Langevin, Mariko           9 Parker High School    25:33.83   34            
38 Kryzka, Kiana             10 Kamehameha HI         25:37.28   35            
39 Hagg, Sierra              11 C L A                 26:08.92                 
40 Cosma, Shauni              9 Keaau High School     26:40.81   36            
41 Shiroma, Kalena           12 Kamehameha HI         26:41.98   37            
42 Paulachak, Nicole         12 Waiakea High School   26:44.25   38            
43 Mills, Tiara              12 Keaau High School     26:45.36   39            
44 Kurata, Kortni            12 Waiakea High School   26:46.51   40            
45 Greeenwell, Kelly Ann      9 Honokaa High School   26:57.00   41            
46 Chow, Christina            9 Keaau High School     27:07.63   42            
47 Kodis, Malio              12 Waiakea High School   27:17.78   43            
48 Bohannan, Helena          10 Parker High School    27:19.35   44            
49 Sambrana, Taquila         11 Keaau High School     27:21.62   45            
50 Minor, Ajia               12 C L A                 27:33.55                 
51 Ikeda, Jill                9 Kamehameha HI         27:33.98   46            
52 Matsumura, Jenna          11 Honokaa High School   28:28.59   47            
53 Mabuni, Lauren             9 Makua Lani            29:11.83   48            
54 Thompson, Angel           12 C L A                 31:49.48

October 10, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments