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ON THIS DATE (2010): Dakota Grossman suffers rare loss

By Jerry Campany on October 2, 2020

Elite runners showed up and put on a show at the Punahou Invitational on this date in 2010. Kamehameha senior Jordan Thibodeau broke the course record by more than 10 seconds to win the boys race and the first- and second-place girls destroyed the mark by more than 15 seconds. Erin Robinson of Gunn (Calif.) beat Seabury Hall’s Dakota Grossman in that contest, winning at the tape with a 19:15:21 time to Grossman’s 19:15:55. Grossman, who became one of the […]

Part 3: Jonathan Lyau overcomes injuries, Father Time

By Paul Honda on September 20, 2020

(Part 3 resumes the story of Jonathan Lyau, the former 3,200-meter state champion from McKinley who recorded his 100,000th mile on Wednesday.) Jonathan Lyau is consistent, even when he is unaware. After he crossed the line for his 100,000th mile on Wednesday, he was with son, Spencer. A day later, he and Spencer hit the road again, heading mauka toward Makiki Heights. “We went up Pensacola towards Roosevelt and back. Halfway through, I realized that was the route of my […]

Part 2: Jonathan Lyau’s coaching, calories and journey to 100k miles

By Paul Honda on September 19, 2020

(Part 2 resumes the story of Jonathan Lyau, the former 3,200-meter state champion from McKinley who recorded his 100,000th mile on Wednesday.) Lyau and wife Kelli are raising a family. Kelli is a teacher and Lyau runs the family business that began with his grandfather (Ah Chung Lyau) a century ago. It’s where Lyau gets his sweet tooth. A.C. Lyau Co. has been in the candy business all this time, mostly shipping from the mainland. All that work, starting with […]


Former McKinley state champ Jonathan Lyau logs his 100,000th mile

By Paul Honda on September 18, 2020

(This is the first of a three-part series about McKinley’s 3,200-meter run state champion, Jonathan Lyau.) Four decades ago, Coach Tom Marks handed sheets of graph paper to his runners at McKinley High School. The Tigers followed instructions, making copies of the gridded sheets, writing down precise mileage of their runs during and between seasons. One of them, Jonathan Lyau, never stopped journaling. Lyau hit the 100,000-mile mark on Wednesday, crossing a virtual finish line with son Spencer on the […]

Maui’s Hunter Shields is Hawaii Gatorade runner of year for second time

By Nick Abramo on February 11, 2020

Maui High’s Hunter Shields was selected as the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year for the 2019 season, the Gatorade Company announced Monday. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. Shields, a 5-foot-19, 135-pound junior, also won the award as a sophomore. He won the state meet’s three-mile race in 16 minutes, 15.60 seconds. He was 3.87 seconds ahead of the next closest finisher, and […]

Kalaheo’s Emily Naylor is Gatorade Hawaii runner of year

By Nick Abramo on January 28, 2020

Kalaheo’s Emily Naylor is the Gatorade Hawaii Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced recently The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. A 5-foot sophomore, Naylor won the state meet in the fall in 19 minutes, 37.87 seconds in the three-mile race. The next closest competitor was 20.43 seconds behind. Her performance also helped the Mustangs to a sixth-place finish as a team. It […]

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