LIVE BLOG: O’Handley tops 3 sprint prelims

Alama Uluave of Punahou has the longest discus throw in trials at 147-11.

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KEAAU — The change in format means trials and some finals are being held today at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track and Field State Championships at Keaau High School Stadium.

Boys discus, high jump and triple jump are up this afternoon. So are girls’ long jump, pole vault and shot put. Results will be posted as they are released by the HHSAA.

Running events are in the usual format with trials today and finals tomorrow.

A meet official said the change makes the HHSAA state meet the same as meets on the mainland, as well as certain one-day exhibition meets like the Ruby Tuesday.

It also allows some multiple-event competitors to clear out some of their work today, lessening the load on Saturday.


3:47 p.m. Alama Uluave of Punahou had the longest discus throw in trials at 157 feet, 11 inches. Teammate Miki Suguturaga was right behind at 147-5. The finals are starting in a minute.

4:25 p.m.
It’s official. Uluave’s personal record is timely: 154-5. That’s enough to overcome several competitors who surpassed his trials-leading 147-5. Classic competition.

“I was just trying to beat Fitu (Maka of Farrington),” Uluave said. “In the trials it was rainy and that affected everyone.”

Suguturaga tops out at 152 for second place, off his PR of 159-09 at the ILH championships.

“I’m just happy I stayed in,” the senior said. “I knew everybody would throw their best.”

Damien’s Isaac Sagapolutele, a junior like Uluave, took third with a PR of 151-8.

“I was surprised I stayed in that far,” Sagapolutele said.

A tenacious challenge in the discus finals pushed Alama Uluave, Miki Suguturaga and Isaac Sagppolutele to their best throws of the day. (May 12, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

4:43 p.m.
Major confusion on the infield as the state’s top girls vaulter, Tommi Hintnaus, is informed that her attempt at 11 feet won’t happen. Apparently, she did not hear her name called shortly after returning from a running event.

She broke into tears as she explained to an official that she never heard her name called. Another media member present confirmed that Hintnaus’ name was not audible.

Whatever the case, Hintnaus went back to the track to run the 4×400 heat with her teammates and the pole vault is on hold.

4:52 p.m.
The situation for Hintnaus was resolved and she got her third attempt at 11 feet after completing her 4×400. She nearly cleared it cleanly, the bar falling at the end of her vault, ending her try for the gold. Hintnaus’ PR is 11-7.

Her teammate, Juliette Lum, is among the three who cleared 11 feet to advance.

5:03 p.m.
The top three vaulters did not clear 11-6, the tiebreaker will be applied by the event official: the fewest attempts in the previous height.

The official results:

1. Juliette Lum, Kaiser
2. Jaelyn Domingo, Kamehameha
3. Maygan Patch, Lahainaluna

Hintnaus took fourth place, which gives Kaiser some key points in the battle for the girls team championship.

“I’m excited that I got this. I wish I got 11-6 and I wish Tommi was with me. We had to do the 4×100 and then vault,” said Lum, who matched her PR.

Kaiser’s Juliette Lum attempts to clear 11 feet, 6 inches at the state championships on Friday at Keaau. (May 12, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

Kamehameha’s Jaelyn Domingo goes for 11-6 at the state championships on Friday. (May 12, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser
Lahainaluna senior Maygan Patch arches in her attempt to clear 11-6 at the state championships in Keaau. (May 12, 2017) Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

5:50 p.m.
Preliminary (heat) highlights:
Girls 100 hurdles
Savdee Aganus of Kamehameha-Hawaii led with a time of 14.77. Kaitlin Smith of Baldwin posted a 15.08. Adams’ PR is 14.34 and Smith’s PR is 14.41. The finals will be held on Saturday.

In a meet loaded with talented freshmen, ‘Iolani’s Nikki Shimao has the third-best prelim time in the 100 at 15.39. HBA junior Madison Moku has the fourth-best prelim time (15.52) and Kaiser’s versatile Hintnaus is right behind at 15.56.

Boys 110 hurdles
Moli’s brother, Tanner, postedn the safest prelim time in the boys 110 hurdles at 15.03, just ahead of Baldwin sophomore Rev Cadiz (15.05) Tanner Moku is a freshman.

Rain has doused the field and the audience as of 5:42 p.m. and continued for a good 20 minutes. A nice drizzle, not too heavy. The track is drenched now after being rained on for the first time since pre-meet warmups.

Girls 100 dash
Kaiser’s Kristen O’Handley has the top prelim time at 12.29. Our resident Hawaii Prep World mad librarian Jerry Campany reports that her time is four-hundredths of a second off the state record set by June Ann Lusk of Baldwin in 2005. Aganus provided the second-fastest prelim time (12.52).

Girls long jump (finals)

Kayla Afoa took the gold with a leap of 17-10.25, edging Baldwin’s Kaitlin Smith (17-09.75). Freshman Aosha Beckwith of Leilehua took the tiebreaker over Kealakehe’s Nicole Cristobal (17-5). Jerry Campany notes that Afoa is the first to repeat since Zhane Santiago of Kahuku (18-4). Afoa is also the first back-to-back long-jump state champion at Kamehameha. Other Warrior long-jump state winners are Erica Enfield (’96), Charlene Kahanui (’76) and Debbie Dumaran (’70).

Boys high jump (finals)
Waianae’s high-flying basketball player, Douglas Mitchell, proved too tough in this event with a jump of 6-2, which was two inches short of his PR. Mid-Pacific sophomore Hugh Donlon won a three-way tiebreaker at 6-0.

Boys 100 dash
Damien senior Christian Padron has the fastest time thus far at 10.78 seconds. Seabury Hall junior Isaiah Payne, a member of the Spartans’ MIL D-II basketball title team, was the only other sprinter to go below 11 seconds (10.9).

Mr. Campany notes that Padron was three-hundredths of a second off the record. Amazing considering the wild swings in weather conditions here.

Girls 1,500 run
Seabury Hall senior Ava Shipman led the heats with a time of 5:07. Six other runners cruised to times of 5:13 or faster: freshman Kayla Almeida of Punahou (5:10), sophomore Sophia Cash of Honokaa (5:11), junior Erika Preseault of Seabury Hall (5:11), freshman Kacie Kwan of HBA (5:12), Nanakuli junior Catlin Kawaiaea (5:12) and ‘Iolani freshman Aya Margraf (5:13).

Boys 1,500 run
Like the girls, the boys prelims were cluttered at the top. Connor Lehl of Punahou was one of eight long-distance runners to cross the finish line in 4:23 or faster. Lehl’s PR is 4:03, more than 13 seconds faster than his nearest competitor Punahou senior Jesse Wysard.

Girls 4×100 relay
Punahou’s time of 49.39 was the best in the preliminary round. Baldwin (50.09) and Kauai (51.30) were the only other schools to crack 52 seconds. Jerry Campany points out that the Buffanblu are four-hundredths of a second off the state record. That’s a slice of a slice of a slice.

Boys 4×100 relay
The battle between BIIF rivals Hilo and Konawaena — who had the two fastest times in the state coming into the championships — didn’t materialize. Hilo posted the best prelim time (42.66) while Konawaena was disqualified on a bad baton exchange. Mililani (42.87) was the only other crew below 43 seconds, though Kamehameha (43.15) was close.

Girls 400 dash
O’Handley was a force in this event, as well, with the top preliminary time (59.33). Her competition in the finals could come from freshman Chenoa Frederick of KS-Hawaii (59.41) and sophomore Ryanne Navarro of Mililani (59.71). Punahou freshman Kaila Ronquilio (59.42 PR) and Seabury Hall senior Claire Borthwick (59.58 PR) are also contenders.

Boys 400 dash
Saint Louis freshman Trenton Wailehua (49.19) and Leilehua junior Jacob Schmidt (49.91) were the only two to break below 50 seconds in prelims. No other runner has posted a PR below :50.

Girls 300 hurdles
Moku’s busy day continued here with a time of 45.81. Shimao, the ‘Iolani freshman, posted the second-best prelim time (45.89). Campbell sophomore Leilani Leopard crossed the finish in 45.98.

Boys 300 hurdles
Kilikai Ahuna, a senior from Voyagers School, had a prelim-best 40.38. Two others broke the 41-second mark: Lucas Milne of Punahou (40.81) and Matthew April of Roosevelt (40.79)

Girls 800 run
Shipman, the Seabury Hall senior, finished this prelim run in 2:20.02. The closest competition comes from Kihei Charter’s Maya Reynolds (2:24.51 prelim).

Boys 800 run
Like other long-distance prelims, the runners bunched up and saved their energy for Saturday’s finals. Nicholas Georgia has the best PR at 1:55.86.

Girls 200 dash
O’Handley recorded the fastest prelim here, too, at 25.68, not far off her PR (25.3). Few sprinters are within at least one full second of O’Handley’s PR so far. Kameron Smith, a Campbell senior, had a prelim time of 26.14. Her teammate, sophomore Leilani Leopard (26.43), Punahou junior Kealoha Scullion (26.53) and Mid-Pacific sophomore Amy Warrington (26.42) will test O’Handley.

O’Handley figures to score points in the girls high jump on Saturday, as well. She broke the OIA East record recently.

Boys 200 dash

Padron, the Damien speedster, record the best prelim time at 22.08. Seabury Hall’s Paye was close (22.11).

The rain has returned as the night sky arrives and athletes are huddling to stay warm. The 4×400 relays for boys and girls will close out today’s events.

HUMONGOUS and torrential downpour for the last 20 minutes or so of the 4×400 heats. Cold, but for the most part, the athletes didn’t seem to mind.

Girls 4×400

Seabury Hall posted the fastest prelim time (4:09) by far. However, Mililani has a PR of 4:05, Campbell and Kaiser have PRs of 4:08 and Punahou 4:09. O’Handley is in position, with the 100, 200, 400 and high jump, to challenge for four golds tomorrow. If she runs the relay finals, perhaps more.

Boys 4×400
Konawaena got back in form with a 3:28 prelim time. That doesn’t quite match Punahou’s PR (3:24).


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