Moanalua’s Funcheon is Gatorade player of year

Moanalua's Kathleen Funcheon joins an impressive list of Gatorade track athletes of the year in Hawaii. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Moanalua’s Kathleen Funcheon joins an impressive list of Gatorade track athletes of the year in Hawaii. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

The Gatorade Company announced Wednesday that it has picked Moanalua’s Kathleen Funcheon as the Gatorade Hawaii Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year

The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievemnt and exemplary character.

The 5-foot-8 senior sprinter won two individual championships at the state meet this spring. Named her school’s Female Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Funcheon won the 100-meter dash in 12.11 seconds and the 200 in 24.51. Her wind-aided performances are the fastest recorded for a girl in Hawaii high school history. In Germany, she also swept the 100 and 200 in the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity European Championships each of the past two years.


“Katie is an exceptional runner who was never challenged this year in any event she entered,” Moanalua head coach Earl Kishimoto said in a news release. “Every time she ran, she won and broke a record.”


In the fall, Funcheon, who has a 3.27 GPA, will attend the University of Alabama, where she plans to compete in track and field.

Recent Gatorade Hawaii Girls Track and Field Athletes of the Year
>> 2015: Kathleen Funcheon, Moanalua
>> 2014: Alyssa Bettendorf, Seabury Hall
>> 2013: Zoe Simms, Hawaii Prep
>> 2012: Charlinda Ioane, Kapolei
>> 2011: Kailea Tracy-Visintainer, Seabury Hall
>> 2010: Ashley Satterwhite, Punahou
>> 2009: Bailey Massenburg, King Kekaulike
>> 2008: Zhane Santiago, Kahuku
>> 2007: Samantha Cabreros, Punahou

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