LIVE BLOG: State track championships

Competitors enjoy a quiet moment before getting after it. Photo by Jamm Aquino.
Competitors enjoy a quiet moment before getting after it. Photo by Jamm Aquino.

Notes: Seabury Hall senior Alyssa Bettendorf’s 24.68 in the 200 meters stands as a new meet record. The previous standard of 25.04 was set by Lauran Dignam of Iolani in 2002. Diamond Briscoe of Pearl City ran 24.79 for second place.

Kamehameha’s Kaeo Kruse’s 8:43.12 in the 3000 meters broke the HHSAA state championship meet record of 8:52.44 set by Pierce Murphy of Island School in 2012.

Punahou’s Jac Hebert won the 1500 meters in 4:01.23 for a meet record. Murphy help it previously with 4:01.92 in 2011.


7:35 p.m.
Final point total, boys: 1. Kamehameha 83, 2. Punahou 53, 3. Baldwin 48, 4. King Kekaulike 36, 5. Iolani 26.

7:26 p.m.
Final point total, girls: 1. Seabury 73, 2. Hilo 38, 3. Punahou 34, 4. Campbell 31.5, 5. Kamehameha 31.

7:10 p.m.
Kaeo Kruse ran a record 8:43 (time unofficial) in the 3000 meters, and the sophomore’s 10 points helped the host Kamehameha Warriors seal the deal for the team win. Kamehameha distance coach Steve Jenness now looks like a genius for holding Kruse of the the 1500, which some observers felt Kruse could also win. A fresh Kruse “krused” to the win in his one event.

7:00 p.m.
Dakota Grossman looked like she was laboring in the 3000, and was even in a minor collision on the 6th lap and fell back in the pack. But she recovered and won her fourth consecutive state gold in the event, and sewed up the team victory for Seabury Hall.
“My feet were getting stepped on the whole time,” Grossman said. “I really had to give it my best. I was tired from the other races and (the rest of the field) is much better than last year.”

6:39 p.m.
Dylan Kane of Kamehameha is strong in taking the 200 to add to his 100. He’s shaping up as the story of the boys meet if the Warriors win their first state meet since 2005.

Drew Kobayashi of St. Louis scratched in this event; since neither alternate responded the race was run with seven competitors.
Kamehameha boys and Seabury girls both have sizable leads headed down the stretch of the meet.

6:25 p.m.
Bettendorf does it again with a win in the 200 meters. It would take something very strange to happen for Seabury girls to not win this meet.

6:18 p.m.
Raymond Alves of Kalani takes the boys 300 hurdles with a surge on the final barrier.

6:15 p.m.
Marumoto maxes out at 12 feet. The UCLA-bound senior ends her prep career with a gold in the pole vault and silver in the long jump.

6:01 p.m.
Emma Taylor completes the hurdles double, winning the 300 in a close race.

5:55 p.m.
Sammy Marumoto of Punahou has secured the victory in the pole vault. She just cleared 12 feet and is now going for 12-6.

5:52 p.m.
As expected, Daniel Pietsch of Seabury is the class in the boys 400 meters, winning by more than 5 meters.

Dan Tuttle just announced the boys team score after the 4×1: Baldwin and Kamehameha are tied for first with 36 points each and Iolani is third with 26.


5:40 p.m.
Diamond Briscoe of Pearl City led most of the 400, but Bettendorf caught her at the tape for her second gold of the day and Seabury has 36 points to lead. Kailua has 30 and Kamehameha is third with 19.

5:30 p.m.
Castle wins the boys 4×100; Albert Makana Bee, Taylor Bee, Chad Figueroa and Joseph Lilio III took home the gold.

5:22 p.m.
Campbell’s 4×100 girls relay team defended its state crown of 2013 with three of the same members. Freshman Kameron Smith, the newcomer, said she felt no pressure. “Not really, we work well as a team.”
The three second-year gold winners are Jade Savaiigaea, Shatres AhNee and Tristen Dulay. Three of the four are underclassmen.

5:13 p.m.
Jac Hebert of Punahou successfully defends his title in the 1500.
Hebert scores 10 points for the Buffanblu. Kamehameha gets 9 for Davis Kaahanui’s second place and Kainalu Asam’s 6th.

“My coach says basically stick with who’s leading and position myself for a kick,” Hebert told Stan Lee. “He knows I can kick it in.”

5:05 p.m.
The other half of Seabury’s dynamic duo, distance runner Dakota Grossman, wins the 1500 with ease in a non-record unofficial time of around 4:43.
Dakota jumped out to a fast start, as is her style. “I like to get out fast and see what I have,” she said.

She added that seeing Alyssa win her first event moments earlier was inspiring. “It definitely is, especially since we have such a small team.”
Also notable, Sol Kisig from St. Joseph was 5th; she’s an exchange student from Switzerland who trains with Hilo because St. Joe’s has no team.

4:57 p.m.
Dylan Kane of Kamehameha, a bit of a surprise in the trials, wins a very close one in the boys 100 meters.

4:51 p.m.
Seabury’s Alyssa Bettendorf gets the Spartans off to a good start with an expected victory in the 100 meters. She will have tougher competition in the 200 and the 400. “There’s definitely an element of pressure because we really want to win this meet,” said Bettendorf, who has three more events and is expected to score heavily. “But I also tell myself to have fun because it’s our last year.”

4:41 p.m.
Emerson Liburd of Lahainaluna wins the boys 110 hurdles.

4:32 p.m.
Hawaii Prep’s Emma Taylor appears to have edged ‘Iolani’s Lindsey Combs at the tape to win the 100 high hurdles and we’re under way on the track.

4:20 p.m.
Long-time state meet referee Gordon Scruton was just recognized. This is Gordon’s last meet as referee, but he plans to continue on as an official. Gordon has been officiating at the state meet for 60 years.


4 p.m.
I’m sitting next to Willard Gouveia, who was a middle-distance standout at Kaimuki in the 1970s, and has been a starter at the state meet the past 10 years. He expects the 4×1 girls and the boys 4×4 relays to be the races to watch tonight.

3:45 p.m.
We are about 30 minutes away from the start of the track events. Jerry Campany, Jason Kaneshiro and Stan Lee are here at Kamehameha to cover the boys and girls meets from every angle. Jamm Aquino is here to shoot photos. Seabury Hall girls and Kamehameha boys appear to be the early favorites after Friday’s trials … but by no means is it a done deal for either.

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