Hawaii’s best in track and field in 2019 just got better

Punahou's J. Kai Yamafuji is the defending champion in the pole vault and has the highest mark in the state again this year. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Six high school track and field athletes catapulted into 2019’s “Best in Hawaii” category in recent meets:

>> Mililani senior Mackenzie Reed ran the 400-meter dash in 58.76, bettering her 59.28 earlier this season. The state-meet mark is 54.41.

>> Damien junior Zada Tagovailoa added one inch to her previous best in the discus this season and is now at 121 feet, four inches. The state-meet record is 160-3.


>> Saint Louis senior Korvin Feagins upped 2019’s best with a 6-7 in the high jump. He previously had a 6-6. The state-meet record is 6-9.

>> Punahou senior Maiya Fujiwara ran a 2:18.46 in the 800 to surpass 2019’s previous best — 2:22.81 by Seabury Hall’s Chloe Gangnath. The state-meet record is 2:13.03.

>> McKinley junior Narayana Schneider ran 4:00.61 in the 1,500 meters, bettering his previous best for 2019 — 4:04.23.

>> Punahou’s J. Kai Yamafuji is up to 15-1 in the pole vault, incrementally better than his 15-0 earlier this season. Yamafuji has the best pole vault mark ever, at any level, in Hawaii at 16-0 (set in April 2018). He won the state title last year with a 14-4. The state-meet record is 15-3.

One relay team also recorded the fastest Hawaii mark for 2019. Punahou’s 4×100 team of Stevie Marvin, Grace Blanchette, Kaylie Klausing and Lexie Lowery ran a 50.67. The best previously this season was by Punahou in 51.17, with Kaila Ronquilio instead of Marvin. The state-meet mark is 48.35.

Punahou sophomore Chris Paige made a noteworthy effort in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 39.54. That’s just five one-hundredths of a second slower than Rey Cadiz‘s 39.49 for Baldwin. Cadiz, a senior, is the state-meet record-holder in the 110 hurdles (14.20). The 300 hurdles state-meet mark is 38.10.

An OIA Western Division Championship meet record nearly went down on Saturday in the 300 hurdles, when Radford senior Michael Edwards ran a 40.19, slightly slower than Al Washington of Radford’s 40.1 (handheld) in 1994.


Two eighth-graders — Damien’s Tatum Moku and ‘Iolani’s Lexi King — are doing amazing things.

Moku set an ILH intermediate championship meet record with an 11-3 in the pole vault. Moku won the pole vault — against high schoolers — at the Cal Track Ruby Tuesday Invitational in late March with a vault of 11 feet.

King’s 5-2 in the high jump earlier this season is better than any Hawaii high schooler so far. She was also a winner at the Ruby Tuesday meet, when she jumped 5-1.

If King can gain an inch every year for her four years of high school, she can break Natasha Kai‘s state-meet record of 5-5 set in 1999.

TOP 2019 TIMES/DISTANCES SO FAR
BOYS
>> 100: Noah Payne, Seabury Hall senior, 10.70
>> 200: Noah Payne, Seabury Hall senior, 22.22
>> 400: *Trenton Wailehua, Saint Louis junior, 49.42
>> 800: Narayana Schneider, McKinley junior, 1:58.23
>> 1500: Narayana Schneider, McKinley junior, 4:04.23
>> 3000: Kainalu Pagente, Pearl City sophomore, 9:12.11
>> 110 hurdles: *Rey Cadiz, Baldwin senior, 14.30
>> 300 hurdles: *Rey Cadiz, Baldwin senior, 39.49
>> 4×100 relay: Saint Louis (Keanu Wallace, Trenton Wailehua, Korvin Feagins, Keola Yadao), 42.20
>> 4×400 relay: Radford, 3:27.29
>> Shot put: Logan Faitau, Farrington senior, 52-4
>> Discus: Apakasi Felemi, Lahainaluna senior, 157-5
>> High jump: Korvin Feagins, Saint Louis senior, 6-7
>> Pole vault: *J. Kai Yamafuji, Punahou junior, 15-1
>> Long jump: Kawika Clemente, Kamehameha sophomore, 22-4.5
>> Triple jump: Kamoi Latu, Saint Louis junior, 45-2.25

GIRLS
>> 100: Justine Bostic, Kalaheo sophomore, 12.24
>> 200: Mackenzie Reed, Mililani senior, 25.82
>> 400: Mackenzie Reed, Mililani senior, 58.76
>> 800: Maiya Fujiwara, Punahou senior, 2:18.46
>> 1500: Johanna Seng, Hawaii Baptist sophomore, 4:53.13
>> 3000: Johanna Seng, Hawaii Baptist sophomore, 10:39.33
>> 100 hurdles: Grace Blanchette, Punahou senior, 15.38
>> 300 hurdles: Leilani Leopard, Campbell senior, 45.18
>> 4×100 relay: *Punahou (Stevie Marvin, Grace Blanchette, Kaylie Klausing, Lexie Lowery) 50.67
>> 4×400 relay: Punahou (Kaila Ronquilio, Ally Little, Maiya Fujiwara, Kayla Almeida), 4:10.66
>> Shot put: Sina Uluave, Punahou senior, 38-5
>> Discus: Zada Tagovailoa, Damien junior, 121-4
>> High jump: Sela Panuve, Baldwin senior, 5-1
>> Pole vault: *Tianna Powell, Baldwin junior, 11-8
>> Long jump: *Chenoa Frederick, Kamehameha-Hawaii junior, 17-9
>> Triple jump: *Chenoa Frederick, Kamehameha-Hawaii, 38-7.25

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STATE-MEET RECORDS
BOYS
>> 100: Christian Padron, Damien, 10.63 (2017)
>> 200: Andrei Iosivas, Punahou, 21.67 (2018)
>> 400: Bennett Valencia, Punahou, 48.66 (1997)
>> 800: Joey Bunch, Radford, 1:51.1 handheld (1983)
>> 1500: Jac Hebert, Punahou, 4:01.23 (2014)
>> 3000: Kaeo Kruse, Kamehameha, 8:43.12 (2014)
>> 110 hurdles: Rey Cadiz, Baldwin, 14.20 (2018)
>> 300 hurdles: Dana Navarro-Arias, Maui, 38.10 (1999)
>> 4×100 relay: Punahou (Tanner Ono, Vincent Terrell, Justin Pu’u-Robinson, Andrei Iosivas), 42.18 (2018)
>> 4×400 relay: Punahou (Justin Pu’u-Robinson, David Tamura, Micah Williams), 3:19.74 (2018)
>> Shot put: Kaione Crabb, Punahou, 59-8.75 (1997)
>> Discus: Jerrod Avegalio, Kahuku, 186-0 (2003)
>> High jump: Kris Cuaresma-Primm, Mid-Pacific, 6-9 (1998)
>> Pole vault: Bubba Maclean, St. Anthony, 15-3 (1997)
>> Long jump: Anthony Kahoohanohano-Davis, Baldwin, 24-10 (2016)
>> Triple jump: Larry Khan-Smith, Campbell, 48.01 (1986)

GIRLS
>> 100: Kristen O’Handley, Kaiser, 12.01 (2017)
>> 200: Alyssa Bettendorf, Seabury Hall, 24.68 (2014)
>> 400: Endia Abrante, Kaiser, 54.41 (1998)
>> 800: Breanne Ball, ‘Iolani, 2:13.03 (2012)
>> 1500: Zoe Sims, Hawaii Prep, 4:36.22 (2013)
>> 3000: Victoria Chang, Punahou, 9:38.03 (1999)
>> 100 hurdles: Saydee Aganus, Kamehameha-Hawaii, 14.11 (2017)
>> 300 hurdles: Vera Simms, Mililani, 42.80 (2000)
>> 4×100 relay: Radford, (Kaeli Patton, Andrea Hinkle, Sade Meyers, Tyler Whitner), 48.35 (2010)
>> 4×400 relay: ‘Iolani (Breanne Ball, Alyssa Kim, Kama Pascua, Abrianna Johnson-Edwards), 3:57.47 (2012)
>> Shot put: Charlinda Ioane, Kapolei, 45-9.75 (2012)
>> Discus: Joan Gago, Campbell, 160-3 (1982)
>> High jump: Natasha Kai, Kahuku, 5-5 (1999)
>> Pole vault: Amber Kozaki, Baldwin, 13-0 (2013)
>> Long jump: Shari Fox, Leilehua, 19-2.50 (1979)
>> Triple jump: Chenoa Frederick, Kamehameha-Hawaii, 39-10 (2018)

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