Island runners step up

Kimberly Pugliese of Mililani and Leilehua’s Margarito Martinez won the Mililani Cross Country Invitational over the weekend.

Pugliese finished her home course in 19 minutes, 38.62 seconds to beat runner-up Sophie Curatilo by nearly a minute. The Trojans dominated the team tally, with Courtney Garner finishing in third followed by teammates Taylor Suwa, Jaclyn Knaus and Taylor Sinn. Mililani scored 19 points to Leilehua’s 58. Moanalua was third with 95 points.

Martinez and Leilehua were even more dominant in the boys race, taking the top three spots. Martinez crossed the line in 15:48.21, folowed by fellow Mules Dylan Martinez (16:58.63) and Elliot Estrada (17:01.81). Leilehua scored 23 points to beat Mililani (45) and Pearl City (54).


Maile Shigemasa of Pearl City won the girls JV race in 21:36.29 while Carson Garner of Mililani won the boys race in 18:17.62.

Thibodeau beats all comers
Kamehameha senior Jordan Thibodeau won the ILH’s race at Kualoa Ranch over the weekend, running the rough 3 miles in 16 minutes, 26.18 seconds.


Thibodeau beat a pack of mainland runners to the line, crossing four seconds before runner-up Ethan Lawrence of Dana Hills (Calif.). Dana Hills runners finished in second through seventh places to win the team title by 47 points over Kamehameha. Iolani was third, four points behind the Warriors.

Awapuhi Lee of Kamehameha won the girls 3-mile run, clocking a time of 22 minutes, 14.05 seconds to beat Kimiko Mats-Lawrence of Pac-Five (22:22.71). Casey Morissey of Iolani was third in 22:23.05. The Wolfpack won the team title by two points over Kamehameha.


Kyleigh Mann of Punahou won the 2-mile race at Kualoa Ranch over the weekend, blazing through the course in 13 minutes, 31.59 seconds. The Buffanblu had each of the top six finishers.

Island cross country runners gather at Kualoa Ranch on Saturday for the Iolani Cross Country Invitational.

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