Kruse, Jones top Hawaii runners at Punahou

In sweltering heat Saturday, Kamehameha’s Kaeo Kruse ran to a victory in the Punahou Invitational cross-country meet.

Kamehameha's Kaeo Kruse has established himself as the one to beat in cross country this year.
Kamehameha’s Kaeo Kruse has established himself as the one to beat in cross country this year.
Freshman Jordan Jones of Pac-Five finished second against a field of upperclassmen.
Freshman Jordan Jones of Pac-Five finished second against a field of upperclassmen.

Kruse, a junior, finished the 3-mile course in 16 minutes, 3.99 seconds to beat teammate Kainalu Asam (16:46.11), a senior, by about 42 seconds.

Eric Miyauchi of Moanalua took third as the top-finishing OIA runner, followed by Connor Lehl of Punahou and Jakob Dewald of Mililani.


Henry M. Gunn of Palo Alto, Calif. and Kamehameha tied for first place in the team standings with 68 points. Punahou was third with 90.

In the girls race, Gillian Meeks, a junior from Henry M. Gunn, won with a time of 18:03.62.

Pac-Five’s Jordan Jones, a freshman, was the top Hawaii finisher and second overall in 19:10.81. Henry Gunn’s Emily Aiken was third, with Punahou’s Kailey Totherow fourth and Hennessey Ellis of Kamehameha fifth.

The OIA’s best showing was by Kaiser’s Lisa Tashiro, who placed eighth.


Punahou won the team race with 43 points to beat Henry Gunn’s 53. ‘Iolani was third with 70.


Boys 3-mile race

1. 16:03.99 Kaeo Kruse (Kamehameha)
2. 16:46.11 Kainalu Asam (Kamehameha)
3. 16:47.65 Eric Miyauch (Moanalua)
4. 16:47.87 Connor Lehl (Punahou)
5. 16:51.99 Jakob Dewald (Mililani)
6. 16:57.99 Thomas Adkins (St Louis)
7. 17:00.93 Kellen Tasaka (Roosevelt)
8. 17:28.21 David Kim (‘Iolani)
9. 17:30.93 Aaron Russ (Radford)
10. 17:31.30 Grant Kam (Kamehameha)


Boys team results

1. Henry M. Gunn 68*
2. Kamehameha 68*
3. Punahou 90
4. Mid-Pacific 128
5. Iolani 137
*Tie broken by finish of sixth-place runners



Girls 3-mile race

1. 18:03.62 Gillian Meeks (Henry M. Gunn)
2. 19:10.81 Jordan Jones (Pac-Five)
3. 19:17.78 Emily Aiken (Henry M. Gunn)
4. 19:23.43 Kailey Totherow (Punahou)
5. 19:24.52 Hennessey Ellis (Kamehameha)
6. 19:31.18 Noe Obermeyer (Punahou)
7. 19:53.11 Marissa Miyagi (‘Iolani)
8. 19:56.78 Lisa Tashiro (Kaiser)
9. 19:59.49 Illi Gardner (Henry M. Gunn)
10. 20:11.40 Maya Ushijima (‘Iolani)

Girls team results
1. Punahou 43
2. Henry M. Gunn 53
3. ‘Iolani 70
4. Pac-Five 146
5. Kalaheo 152

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