Maui’s Hunter Shields is Gatorade Hawaii runner of year

Maui's Hunter Shields, second from left, is the Gatorade Hawaii cross country runner of the year for the second time. Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Maui High’s Hunter Shields is the the Gatorade Hawaii boys 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 demonstrated on and off the field.

Shields, a 5-foot-9, 128-pound sophomore took second place to Hanalani’s Adam Harder at the state meet last fall with a time of 16 minutes, 59.36 seconds, leading the Sabers to the Division I state championship. Shields was the co-MVP of the Maui Interscholastic League and won four of nine races.

Shields has volunteered locally with the Maui Humane Society and as a youth soccer referee. He has also donated his time to multiple community service initiatives through his church youth group.

“Hunter killed it in the league competition and at the state championships,” said Jeremy Delatore, head coach of Kamehameha-Maui. “His training and his determination made him great.”

Shields has maintained a 3.79 grade-point average.

Recent Gatorade Hawaii boys cross country runners of the year:

>> 2018: Colby Otero, Kalaheo
>> 2017: Connor Lehl, Punahou
>> 2016: Kaeo Kruse, Kamehameha
>> 2015: Kaeo Kruse, Kamehameha
>> 2014: Davis Kaahunui, Kamehameha


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