Two events, the girls pole vault and boys high jump, will have champions today.
Kaiser’s Celine Lum is an overwhelming favorite in the former, clearing 12 feet already this year. Nobody else has made it over 11, but you never know.
Anthony Kahoohanohano-Davis of Baldwin and Kamehameha’s Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz are the class of the high jump, both of them reaching 6-6 this year but not going any higher. The rest of the field has never been over 6-02 this year.
Other expected highlights include:
>> The two Unified races at 4:10 and 7:05. It involves elite Special Olympians from around the state and is in its first year.
>> Emma Taylor of Hawaii Prep and Iolani’s Lindsey Combs in the hurdles. Taylor, a junior, is going for her third gold in the 100 and they each have one gold in the other hurdles event.
>> Moanalua’s Kathleen Funcheon in the girls 100. She has clocked a 12.09 this year, the record is 12.25 by June-Ann Lusk of Baldwin in 2005. Funcheon also has Alyssa Bettendorf’s record of 24.68 in last year’s meet in her sites, hitting 25.06 this year.
>> Kamehameha junior Kaeo Kruse going after Jac Hebert’s record in the 1,500 meters. Hebert clocked a 4:01.23 to set the standard last year, Kruse’s best time so far is 4:01.82.
>> Sabrina Hollins of Waiaphu going for Charlinda Ioane of Kapolei’s record in the shot put. Hollins, who won a state judo title on Saturday, has made it as far as 44-04. Ioane’s record from the 2012 meet is 45-09.75.
These will just be random snippets as I move around the infield.
And here we go…
Emma Taylor dusted the field in the first heat of the 100 hurdles, running a 15.54. Combs was in the second heat and blazed to a 15.09 to take the top spot. I misstyped the results earlier. Leilehua’s KyYonna Chapman is third going into the final. Kaitlin Smith of Baldwin ran a 15.34 to beat Taylor also.
Lahainaluna’s Emerson Libard took the first heat in the boys 110 hurdles, Kapolei’s Tristan Centeio was in the next heat and did not win. Anthony Kaahanohano-Davis is looking like the man of the meet, winning the 100 trials in 14.59 to beat Libard’s 14.65.
Moanalua sprinter Kathleen Funcheon won the first heat of the 100 as easily as expected, Campbell’s Tristan Dulay took the second. Funcheon ran a 12.03 according to people in the infield. Officials are saying it was wind-aided, it is not a record. June Ann Lusk’s mark was 12.25, so Funcheon was all over it. Moku 12.55, Tristan Dulay, Campbell, 12.22, that is better than Lusk’s as well. But definitely wind-aided.
Kamuela Borden of Iolani is the top seed going into the finals of the discus, spinning the disc 158-05. He has had the top distance all year. Alema Kapoi of Kamehameha put Borden second in the shot put, though, with a 54-06 to Borden’s 54.05.
Bailey Kaopuiki of Baldwin blazed to a win in the first heat of the boys 100, Tristan Centeio of Kapolei took the second after fading at the end. Centeio ran the hurdles less than 30 minutes before. Kaopuiki is credited with a time of 10.84 to Dylan Kane of Kamehameha’s 10.90. Keoni-Kordell Makekau also ran a 10.90.
Keili Dorn of Kealakehe is setting an aggressive pace in the 1500, she spent the first two laps looking back at the pack wondering why they are so far behind. She still leads going into the final lap. She wins by a large, large, margin. Dorn’s official time is 5:04.55, Kai Hoshijo is second and Ava Shipman is third.
Anthony Kahoohanohano-Davis of Baldwin is the top seed in the long jump with a 22-10.75. he has already ran a sprint and is going into the high jump right now.
Kaeo Kruse of Kamehameha dropped to third in the boys 1500 with a 4:24.34, behind Louis Ondo of Waiakea (4:26.21) and Carlos Valdez of Keaau (4:24.32). Hebert looks like he is going to keep his record for at least one more year.
I don’t expect the stadium to get any louder than it was for the first Unified relay. The winner cruising to the finish line seemed to be floating on the crowd noise, and it only got louder when the last place finisher made her kick. I don’t think there is any doubt that this will be an annual HHSAA event, maybe someday it will score team points. For the record, Kaimuki beat Kailua for first place with Kapaa in third.
They are announcing the girls discus qualifiers, and Waipahu’s Sabrina Hollins fouled on her first two attempts and settled for fifth with a 106-7. Kailua’s Patria Vaimoana is tops at 144-07. That must have been a scary third attempt for Hollins.
Kaiser took the 4×100 relay pretty easily over Campbell, clocking a 49.75. When the anchor turned to having the wind at her back, she looked as fast as anyone has today.
Holy moly, the Baldwin boys might as well been on the track by themselves for as easy as they won their 4×100 heat. They are going to be tough tomorrow. Castle won the second heat over Iolani.
Kaiser’s Kristin O’Handley didn’t appear to hold anything back in the 400, winning her heat easily. The Cougars might be the team to beat tomorrow. Maya Reynolds of Kihei outkicked the competition in the next heat. Teuila Gardner looks just as strong as O’Handley to win the third heat. Where did these Kaiser girls come from? O’Handley clocked a 59.40, the only runner under a minute.
Radford’s Izaiah Lavatai looks like he defended his top seed, cruising through the 400. Trey Johnson of Kapolei won the second, these kids are spent by the time they get finished. We are having them write their names on a greaseboard to identify them in mug shots for Sunday’s two pages in the Star-Advertiser, and they are too tired to write legibly. Thomas Reid won the third heat for Radford. Lavatai 51.03, Johnson 51.19, Reid 51.55.
I finally got to watch a race, both Lindsey Combs of Iolani and Emma Taylor of Hawaii Prep obliterated their fields in the 300 hurdles. Combs is the Editor of the Iolani paper, I hope she keeps me around when she becomes my boss at the Star-Advertiser. Taylor credited with a 45.09, Combs much slower at 45.72.
Baldwin gets another chance at a gold with Tyler Mateo, who just won his heat in the 300 hurdles. Libard will give him a run, though, he just won the second heat.
Hollins makes up for her performance in the disc by getting the top seed in the shot put with a 42-03.5. She fouled on her last throw, but she was already tops.
Ava Shipman of Seabury Hall won her heat in the 200.
The girls are at 10-6 at the pole vault, a Punahou girl just cleared it and all of the girls who are left rushed to the mat to congratulate her. The boys are at 6-2 in the high jump.
Gordon Kowalski of Punahou is a horse, he had a big lead in the 800 and made it hold up. He looked like he could have run the next heat, won by Waiakea’s Louis Ondo, if he wanted to.
Girls 200 will be reseeded due to a yellow flag.
Lum just cleared 11 feet and plays to the crowd.
Hilo girl just faceplanted at the finish line, that was scary. They are red flagging the meet while she is helped off the track. Ouch. The white flag is out after about a minute.
All eyes are on the boys high jump and girls pole vault, Five boys are left and the height is up to 6-4 in the high jump and the girls are up to 11-6 but Iolani’s Jessica Lee missed for the second time.
Waiakea’s Monique Apuakehau just cleared 11-6, she has a strange style where she goes over the bar prone with her face to the sky then rolls over the bar. It works.
The boys are at 6-6 at the high jump.
Amanda Beaman of Iolani just blazed through the 3k.
Kamehameha’s Kayson Smith is going for a record 6-09 in the high jump. He missed his first attempt. kaiser’s Lum just fell from the top of the bar and landed in the running area. She was down for a while, talking to trainers. She is over, she won but she missed the record.
Kayson missed his two shots at the high jump record and walked away. He’s still the state champion, though.
Kaeo Kruse and Amanda Beaman cruised to wins in the 3k.
I’m going to sign off to start writing, the relays are left and the live results above seem to be working.