Kaeo Kruse likes California, all right.
The Kamehameha senior posted a 3,000-meter time of 9 minutes, 11 seconds to place eighth at the Arcadia Invitational over the weekend. Kruse was just 5 seconds behind the winner.
According to Star-Advertiser preps editor Jerry Campany, Kruse’s time is faster than Steve Ferber’s “long-standing, dominant” 9:20 two-mile from the 1970s.
Kruse is a two-time state cross country and two-time 3,000-meter champion in Hawaii. He won last year’s 3,000 race at the state championships in 9:04.83 and was second in the 1,500 at War Memorial Stadium on Maui.
In 2014, Kruse ran an 8:43.12 at Kamehameha’s Kunuiakea Stadium to break the previous mark held by Island School’s Pierce Murphy (8:52.44).
See results and video on the Arcadia Invitational site.