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2011 BIIF Boys Track & Field All-League Team

Akau named BIIF MVP

2011 BIIF Track and Field   Boys All-League Team

Boys MVP: Keanan Aukai Akau, Jr., Kamehameha

Boys First Team:   Hawaii Prep: Shane Brostek, Jr.
Honokaa: Chris Mosch, Sr,
Kamehameha HI: Aukai Akau, Jr.; Everett McKee Sr.
Ka’u: Alika Kaopua, Jr.
Keaau: Nelson Enos, Jr.
Kealakehe: Dylan Navarro, Sr.; Luca Walter, Jr.
Waiakea: Travis Winters

Boys Second Team          Hawaii Prep: George Twigg-Smith, Sr.
Hilo: Daniel Taylor, Sr.; Zachary Atagi, Jr.
Keaau: Jesse Huihui, Jr.; Alexander Engdahl, Jr.; Greg Matias, Jr.
Kealakehe: Geoff Whitener, Sr.
Waiakea: Grant Uekawa, Sr.; Jackson Halford, Jr.; Michael Morikawa, So.; Mauna Palama-Danielson, Sr.

Boys Honorable Mention:

Christian Liberty: Jordan Grotenhuis, So.
Hawaii Prep: Christian Lee, Sr.; Yasu Miyakawa, Jr.; Joey Kailimai, Fr.; Kyle Katase, Sr.; Rokas Cesnulevicius, Sr.; Kayden Haleakala, Jr.; David McMahon, Sr.
Hilo: Raskassa Johnson, Fr.; Johann Kuipers, Jr,; Tyde Kaneshiro, Sr.;  Katon Pestano, So.; Billy Ray, Sr.; Cole Carpenter, Sr.; Isaia Fuiava, Sr.;
Honokaa: Chayse Moniz, Jr.; Joshua Robinson, Sr.; Bobby Uesi, Sr.
Kamehameha HI: Shawn Correa Doll, Jr.; Easten Tanimoto, Jr.;  Micah Kaaihue, Fr.
Keaau: Matthew Winters, So.; Talon Ota, So.; Kevin Olsen, Sr.; Joseph Aquino Jr, Jr.; Johnny Chow, Sr.; Viliami Fahiua, Jr.
Kealakehe: Ezra Comesario, Jr.
Konawaena: Jeremiah May, Sr.; Kahoali`i Karratti, Fr.
St. Joseph: Andrew Langtry, Jr.
Waiakea: Stephen McAuliffe; Keoni Rice; Ian McQuate; Kevin Nicolas; Ryne Uemura; Solomon Thomas, Sr. 

Boys Coach of the Year: Lance Tominaga, Waiakea



May 28, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sims wins gold, Winters & Chung get bronze, HHSAA track championships


Ka Makani Zoe Sims came up with a gold medal of her own winning the 1500 meter run in convincing fashion and returned to the track later to take second in the 400 dash.

“The 1500 is my favorite race and I just love to run,” Sims said shortly after winning the gold medal.  “The 400 is just for fun and I worked hard all season so this was the payoff for all the hard work.”

The adrenaline rush accounted for some remarkable performances by BIIF track and field athletes competing on Maui as several personal best performances were achieved during the finals held on Saturday.


Waiakea’s Travis Winters went an incredible four inches higher in the high jump to come away with a third place medal and credits adrenaline for his accomplishment.

“I was really pumped during the finals,” Winters said after clearing 6-02.  “I only started practicing the high jump about a month ago and 5-10 was the highest I’ve ever cleared in competition.”

Winters easily cleared 6 feet on his first attempt and watched as many of the state’s best began to drop out of the competition.

“I was a little nervous coming into the championships, but as I saw the other guys start to drop out my confidence began to rise and I started to get really pumped,” he said.

Winters managed to clear 6-02 on his third and final attempt before dropping out on three tries at 6-04.

“I’m really happy with my performance and I think I have a chance to medal in the long jump as well,” he said.

While Winters was winning a state medal in the high jump on Friday, across the field the finals in the girls pole vault was taking place with Hilo’s Shina Chung trying to improve on her fifth place finish from last year.


Chung, the three time BIIF girl’s pole vault champion, was using a larger pole to see if she could compete with the state’s best.

“My coach, Sherman Viernes, told me he wanted me on a 140 pound pole and I only got to practice on it for two and a half days,” Chung said.  “The pole was way bigger than anything I’ve ever used before, but I’m glad I took my coaches advice.”

Chung sat out for the initial jumps and came into the competition at 9 feet and eventually cleared 10-06 to finish in a tie for third place.

“I was really nervous today because of the new pole and I waited as the bar was started at 7-06 and increased by six inches each time,” she said.

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May 8, 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

100 meter dash results from Hawaii Prep

  Keaau’s Talon Ota and Waiakea’s Travis Winters gets out of the blocks quickly in the premiere race of the boys 100 dash.

Kealakehe’s Dylan Navarro won the race in 11.27 seconds, but Keaau’s Jesse Huihui, who is nursing a strained knee, sat out for the second week in a row and didn’t compete against Navarro in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Both boys should duel for the BIIF championships on Saturday, April 30.

Girls 100 Meter Dash

BIIFQualify: B 14.47              HHSAA Auto: A 12.94                                                          
HsSAA Cons: C 13.24               
1 Emalia Galdeira           JR Konawaena        12.98C  5  10  
2 Kristina Padrigo          SO Ka'u             13.31B  5   8  
3 Aloha Bohol               SR Hilo             13.42B  5   6  
4 Chelsea Poe               JR Kamehameha HI    13.43B  5   4  
5 Caili Ebaniz              SO Kealakehe        13.61B  5   2  
6 Mae Quiamas                  Honokaa          13.77B  5   1  
Boys 100 Meter Dash
 BIIFQualify: B 12.27                                                         
  HHSAA Auto: A 11.14                                                          
  HHSAA Cons: C 11.44                                                         
1 Dylan Navarro             SR Kealakehe       11.27C  7  10  
2 Alexander Engdahl         JR Keaau           11.44C  7   8  
3 Raskassa Johnson          FR Hilo            11.57B  7   6  
4 Travis Winters            JR Waiakea         11.64B  7   4  
5 Christian Lee             SR Hawaii Prep     11.70B  7   2  
6 Aijah Thompson            SR Keaau           11.74B  7   1  

April 23, 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