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Kalaheo’s Otero is Gatorade runner of year

By Nick Abramo on February 24, 2018

Kalaheo’s Colby Otero is Hawaii’s Gatorade cross country runner of the year, the Gatorade Company announced recently. Otero is the first Gatorade Hawaii Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Kalaheo. The awad recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. A 5-foot-7, 125-pound senior, Otero won the state meet last fall with a time of 16 minutes, 21.91 seconds, breaking the tape 22.83 […]

Seabury Hall’s Winham repeats as runner of year

By Nick Abramo on February 10, 2018

Seabury Hall’s Veronica Winham is the Gatorade Hawaii girls cross country runner of the year for the second time in a row, the Gatorade Company announced recently. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the race course. Winham, a 5-foot-5 senior, is a finalist for the national runner of the year award. Winham won the state meet for the second straight year in the fall, in 19 minutes, 16.1 […]

Q&A: State cross country champ Colby Otero

By Paul Honda on November 2, 2017

He is a young man with ambitions. The ceiling is way high for Colby Otero, who won the Honolulu Marathon/HHSAA boys cross country individual championship on Saturday with a time of 16 minutes, 21 seconds on the relatively flat course at Island School on Kauai. But down the road, he’s got track goals, college dreams and, with his dad, hopes to compete in biathlons and triathlons. For now, the hard-working Kalaheo senior is enjoy some well-deserved rest time. Otero chatted […]

Q&A: Kalaheo cross country burner Colby Otero

By Paul Honda on October 3, 2017

Colby Otero is the OIA Eastern Division cross country champion and there may very well be more accolades in store. The Kalaheo senior’s interest in multiple sports might be part of the reason why Otero embraces new ideas. He drinks protein shakes regularly. “After a workout, I’m not going to eat a bag of gummy bears. I get a lot of carbs, but I’m the only distance runner who drinks protein shakes,” he said. “It really helps with muscle recovery. […]

Lehl, ‘Iolani step in to fill Kamehameha void

By Jerry Campany on October 31, 2016

Connor Lehl is the first male state cross country winner from Punahou since Todd Iacovelli in 2001, but the bigger surprise might be that he didn’t have to overcome a Kamehameha runner to get there. For just the second time in the last 20 years, Kamehameha failed to take home a medal. The Warriors were either team champions or had the individual champion, sometimes both, in every year since 1997 except this year and 2011. The Warirors failed to place […]

Neighbor island runners rise up

By Jerry Campany on October 31, 2016

From Tia Ferguson to the dominance of Dakota Grossman, the neighbors islands have always had champions in the girls field of the state cross country championships. But this year was different. Neighbor island runners, particularly Seabury Hall, flooded the top 10. The Spartans placed four of the top five and six of the top 10 finishers were from neighbor islands. That is the most since 1989 when they had eight of the top 10 and equal to 2011 when six […]

HHSAA girls Cross Country all-time top 10s

By Jerry Campany on October 28, 2016

A Punahou girl doesn’t always win the state cross country championships, but one is always in the mix. The Buffanblu have placed at least one runner in the top 10 of every state championship since missing out in 2005, oftentimes putting multiple runners in the top 10 (Three in each of the last two years). As impressive as that is, the Buffanblu have had the individual winner only once since 2000 when Elli Brady took the 2009 race. That hasn’t […]

HHSAA boys Cross Country all-time top 10s

By Jerry Campany on October 28, 2016

Punahou’s Connor Lehl is on the verge of joining a very special list. Lehl, the favorite in the boys race at the Honolulu Marathon Hawaii State Cross Country championships on the Big Island, is one of the very few runners in state history who has been elite since the moment he laced his shoes up as a freshman. If Lehl can finish in the top 10 on the Hawaii Prep campus, he would become just the fifth boy to finish […]