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Damien’s Padron runs to Gatorade award

By Nick Abramo on June 23, 2017

Damien’s Christian Padron was named the Gatorade Hawaii track and field athlete of the year Thursday. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the track. The 5-foot-9, 152-pound Padron won the 100-meter dash with a state-record time of 10.63 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 21.97 seconds at the same meet, leading the Monarchs to third place as a team. Padron also anchored the 4×100 meter relay team to a state championship and was named MVP of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. His clocking in the 100 ranked No. 89 in the nation among high school students in 2017. An Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Padron has […]

O’Handley earns Hawaii Gatorade honor

By Nick Abramo on June 23, 2017

Kaiser’s Kristen O’Handley was named the Hawaii Gatorade track and field athlete of the year Thursday. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the track. The 5-foot-10 senior won four individual events at the state championship meet spring, leading the Cougars to a second-place finish as a team. O’Handley captured the 100-meter dash in a meet-record 12.01 seconds, won the 200-meter dash in 25.69, broke the tape in the 400-meter dash in 57.61 and cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to claim the high jump. Co-founder and vice president of her school’s Agriculture Club, O’Handley has volunteered locally on behalf of wetland restoration efforts and youth track programs. “Kristen can be […]

3 Trojans have mini graduation at state track

By Nick Abramo on May 14, 2017

Mililani principal Fred Murphy made the best of a bad situation at the state track meet. Led by Murphy, three seniors from the Trojans’ Oahu Interscholastic Association championship track team — Kaleo Pogue, Hamilton Howard and Jaratt Kaopuiki-Ota — were given a mini-graduation ceremony, complete with caps, gowns, lei and diplomas during Fridays trials. By qualifying for and running in the finals Saturday at Keaau High on the Big Isle, the three were unable to attend their school’s graduation ceremony at Aloha Stadium the same evening. “I thought the way they handled it, it was really well done,” Howard said about Murphy and other Mililani staffers’ choice to give the athletes something to remember about high school graduation day. “It […]

Mililani girls win relay despite agony of baton drop

By Nick Abramo on May 14, 2017

You’ve heard the saying, “They dropped the ball.” In this case, it was the baton that fell and it almost dearly cost the Mililani girls 4×400 relay team. Somehow, despite the mistake, the Trojans barely qualified for the finals, where they put the error in the past and won the event. During the state track meet trials Friday at Keaau on the Big Island, the pass from the Trojans’ third runner to the anchor did not go well. As a matter of fact, it stayed on the ground for 11.3 seconds, according to Mililani coach Nate Aragaki. “We timed it and that’s how long it was on the ground before she picked it,” Aragaki said. “(Co-head coach) Dane (Matsunaga) was […]

Seabury Hall’s secret formula: Miles of smiles

By Paul Honda on May 14, 2017

Mention hill work to the Seabury Hall Spartans, and all eight athletes bump the giddy meter up a notch for roughly 5-10 seconds. But as soon as someone mentions that it’s a secret, the safe is relocked. Coach Bobby Grossman is no different. After Seabury Hall’s stunning girls team championship victory on Saturday night at wet and cool Keaau High School Stadium, he was equal parts calm and ecstatic. “I thought we would come in second and we’d need a special day to win,” the longtime coach said, noting that Kaiser and its fab-five team was the favorite. “(Kristen) O’Handley won the 100, 200, 400 and high jump. They were more well-rounded. We had to win the track events, and […]

LIVE BLOG: Seabury Hall girls, Punahou boys win

By Paul Honda on May 13, 2017

(See updated results at The second and final day of competition at the Island Movers/HHSAA State Track and Field Championships is underway this afternoon at Keaau High School. Skies are blue, partly cloudy, not as humid as Friday. A torrential rain fell in the final hour of Friday’s action. Some finals were completed as scheduled, which is a different format from previous state meets when all finals were held on the final day. Still, the last events — the 4×400 relays — are not slated until 7:30 p.m. Punahou boys have a significant lead in the team standings. The girls team battle is much closer between Punahou and Kaiser. Punahou has the numbers and the veteran coaching of Duncan […]

VIDEO: State track and field day 1

By Stan Lee on May 13, 2017

Sights and sounds from Friday’s action at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track and Field State Championships at Keaau High School Stadium. The meet concludes today.