Records in danger at state track meet

by Jerry Campany on May 9, 2014

Bob Martin at milesplit has released the performance list for the state track and field meet beginning Friday night at Kamehameha, and it suggests a good show.

Here is the complete list:

http://hi.milesplit.com/meets/170908/results/303073

Two records are in serious danger, led by high jumper Khalil Stevens of Mililani. Stevens skipped the OIA championship finals, but has already cleared 6-10 while nobody else in the state has exceeded 6-04. The defending champion won’t jump until Saturday, but when he does he will be going after Mid-Pacific’s Kris Cuarisma-Primm‘s 6-09 set way back in 1998. Nobody has come within two inches of Cuarisma-Primm’s mark since and Stevens can become the first boy to repeat in the event since Donovan Lim of Punahou in 2004-2005.

Stevens is doped 14th in the long jump, so it is high jump or nothing for the senior. Three boys, Kalani senior Raymond Alves, Kamehameha senior Kaeo Kruse and King Kekaulike’s Randolph Braun, are expected to win two golds.

Alves, who doubled in the OIA championships, has the top mark in both the hurdles events but would need a great day to erase Dana Navarro-Arias from the record books. Kruse, sophomore, is favored in the 3,000 and 1,500 and second behind Punahou’s Connor Lehl in the 800. The 3,000 is particularly stacked, with OIA champ Makai Clemons of Kalaheo just 2/10ths of a second behind him and senior teammate Davis Kaahanui and Punahou’s Jac Hebert right behind them. Kaahanui is a two-time state champion in cross country and Hebert is the defending champion in the 3,000.

Braun is the only schoolboy to break 11 seconds in the 100 this year. He is also favored in the 200 but way back in 24th in the 400. His 4×100 team is tops going into the meet, so he could triple and would match Reid Hunter’s double in the 800 and 1,500 in 2009 as the only boys in school history to win multiple golds.

But Braun would have to be spectacular to avoid being lost in the discussion on Maui. Seabury Hall is the favorite to win the girls’ meet behind Dakota Grossman and Alyssa Bettendorf. Grossman is already the most decorated girl in the island’s long history when you add her four cross country championships to her four gold medals in track and field and is favored to win both the 1,500 and 3,000 this weekend. Those two wins would tie her with Baldwin’s Prestine Foster for most state track and field gold medals by a Maui girl and an upset of Campbell in the relays would put her on the top. But it would be a huge upset, Campbell is going after records.

State track and field gold medals by girls from Maui:
6: Prestine Foster, Baldwin
5: Tia Ferguson, Seabury Hall
5: Brittany Feitera, Baldwin
5: Kalea Tracey-Visintainer, Seabury Hall
4: June Ann Lusk, Baldwin
4: Dakota Grossman, Seabury Hall
3: Hailey Grossman, Seabury Hall
3: Kristine Felix, Baldwin
3: Aloha Santiago, Baldwin
3: Jennifer Kokubun, Maui

Bettendorf is expected to jump onto that list, being favored in the long jump, 100 and 200 with a state meet record expected to come in the 200. She is already under Lauran Dignam‘s record of 25.04 for Iolani in 2002. Bettendorf’s best this year is 24.49 with Pearl City’s Diamond Briscoe right behind her at 24.86 so the Spartan can certainly be pushed even lower.

Bettendorf or Briscoe might take away Dignam’s record, but nobody can touch the nine gold medals Dignam has won in her career, including five in 2002.

Emma Taylor of Hawaii Prep is the only other girl doped to double, with the sophomore expected to repeat in the 100 hurdles and take her first crown in the 300 hurdles.

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