Warriors’ Smith-Bejgrowicz nabs Gatorade award

Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz helped Kamehameha to the state track and field championship in the spring. Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz helped Kamehameha to the state track and field championship in the spring. Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha’s Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz is the 2015 Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced Friday.

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

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior won the high jump (6 feet, 6 inches) and the triple jump (46-1.5) at the state meet during the spring season, leading the Warriors to a second consecutive team title. Smith-Bejgrowicz also placec second in the long jump (22-5.75), scoring 28 of his team’s state-record 113 points. Earlier in the postseason, he swept the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championships.


Also a football and basketball player, Smith-Bejgrowicz maintained a 3.48 grade-point average.


“Kayson is the finest, most humble, loyal, compassionate and inspiring young athlete that I have ever coached in my 17 seasons at Kamehameha,” Warriors head coach Harvey McInerny said in a news release. “I do not say this lightly. He will leave Kamehameha as the all-time school record-holder in the high jump and the triple jump, and I’ve never coached a more dominant athlete.”


Smith-Bejgrowicz will attend Azusa Pacific University this fall, where he plans to compete in track and field.

Recent Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track and Field Athletes of the Year
>> 2015: Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz, Kamehameha
>> 2014: Dylan Kane, Kamehameha
>> 2013: Keelan Ewaliko, Baldwin
>> 2012: Shane Brostek, Hawaii Prep
>> 2011: Pierce Murphy, Island School
>> 2010: Jacob Edwards, Ka‘u
>> 2009: Jacob Edwards, Ka‘u
>> 2008: Javen Correia, Maryknoll
>> 2007: Keoni Ucker, Christian Liberty

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