Lehl, Wilson win track events in California

Connor Lehl represented Punahou at the Mustang Relays on Saturday. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser
Connor Lehl represented Punahou at the Mustang Relays on Saturday. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser

The Punahou track and field team will be bringing some gold back from its weekend in California.

Reigning state cross country champion Connor Lehl ran a 4:24.72 to win the 1,600 meters at the Mustang Relays in Mira Costa, Calif., on Saturday, closing with a 2:03 in the final 800 meters to earn the win. Ian Irish of Palos Verdes was second in 4:25.11. Lehl, who also ran in relays, was the only Hawaii runner in the event.

Sophomore Kennedy Freeman took gold for the Buffanblu, winning the JV shot put with a throw of 44-06, a personal best. His effort was more than four feet farther than the second-place finisher.

Senior Bailey Wilson won the high jump for Punahou as the only boy to clear six feet. Aaron Hirahara, a sophomore, joined him as a winner with a 5-08 effort to win the JV high jump. He was two inches over the second place finisher.

Other big performances by Punahou athletes belonged to Alexander Thompson (third in the 110 JV hurdles, third in the 300 JV hurdles), Luke Bowers (Second in the JV 300 hurdles), Alama Uluave (Second in the varsity shot put), Nick Kapule (third in the varsity pole vault) and Eamon Brady (Third in the varsity triple jump).

Punahou’s best relay finish was second in the 4×400.

Over in Arizona, the Punahou softball team ran out of steam in the Desert Mountain Softball Invitational on Saturday.

The Buffanblu lost to Pinnacle 10-0 in the semifinals after going unbeaten to that point.

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