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Posted Wednesday May 3 in The Maui News

TRACK AND FIELD

MIL Championships

Girls

Nette Tolutau, Baldwin: Won discus (129-0) and shot put (38-4).

Jill Uehara, St. Anthony: Won high jump (5-0).

Tiara Dole, St. Anthony: Won long jump (16-6 1/2).

Trisha Yamamoto, Maui High: Won triple jump (33-5).

Kaimana Rebolledo, Baldwin: Won pole vault (9-6).

June Ann Lusk, Baldwin: Won 100 hurdles (15.59), 100 (12.59) and 200 (26.02).

Briana Goodnight, Baldwin: Won 1,500 (5:09.34).

Erin Wooldridge, King Kekaulike: Won 400 (1:01.06).

Nicole Smith, Kamehameha Maui: Won 300 hurdles (48.37).

Brittany Young, Seabury Hall: Won 800 (2:19.66).

Bailey Massenburg, King Kekaulike: Won 3,000 (11:30.83).

Boys

Thomas Salek, Baldwin: Won discus (144-11) and shot put (49-11).

Kamaka Camarillo, Kamehameha Maui: Won high jump (6-2).

Justin Cook, Molokai: Won long jump (21-0 1/4).

William Puaa, Maui High: Won triple jump (43-7 1/2) and pole vault (14-6).

Colten Quinabo, Baldwin: Won 110 hurdles (15.54) and 300 hurdles (41.63).

Paea Keawekane, Kamehameha Maui: Won 100 (11.24) and 200 (22.78).

Joey Amescua, Baldwin: Won 1,500 (4:21.50) and 800 (2:05.51).

Jesse Henderson, King Kekaulike: Won 400 (50.55).

Devin Fredericksen, Seabury Hall: Won 3,000 (10:00.37).

Baldwin wins boys, girls track championships
By Stan Lee, Staff Writer w

Posted Sunday April 30 in The Maui News

WAILUKU – No other team came close.

Baldwin High School’s boys and girls track and field teams led from start to finish and swept the Maui Interscholastic League championship titles on Saturday at the Yamamoto Track & Field Facility.

The Baldwin boys won with 170 points, 86 more than Kamehameha Maui.

The Baldwin girls won with 163. Maui High was second with 101.5.

The Baldwin boys scored 18 points in the first event, the discus, with a 1-2 finish by Thomas Salek and Desmond Cabilles, and never looked back.

The Baldwin girls led with 20 points after the 100 hurdles. June Ann Lusk won in 15.59 seconds, and teammate Ciera Wilson followed at 16.85. The Bears’ Asia Okamura (18.32) was fifth.

“We had some surprises,’’ said Baldwin boys coach Gary Sanches. “In the discus, we ended up going first and second. I didn’t expect Thomas to win it. Thomas won the shot, but he tried a little too hard.

“Tommy Barber qualified in the pole vault and Jon-Michael (Delima) went 12-6. We got more points than we expected. We let down in the high jump, but the pole vault we gained and the long jump we picked up valuable points – same thing in the triple jump, (and) the running took care of itself.’’

The Baldwin girls finished second at the state meet last year and are contenders for the title this year.

“Before the meet, we talked about how we wanted to send a message, not only as far as on Maui, but send a message to the schools on Oahu, that in two weeks, we’ll be over there and we’ll be ready to do even better,’’ said Baldwin girls coach Neil Takeyama.

“You look at the times tonight, they are our best times for the year. It tells us we’re on the right track.’’

The Baldwin girls won 10 events while the boys won six.

Baldwin senior Kaimana Rebolledo missed her three attempts at breaking the meet record of 9-7 inches in the girls pole vault. Rebolledo, who cleared 10-1 earlier this month, missed at 9-8.

“I wanted to clear 10 plus,’’ said Rebolledo, who won with a height of 9-6. “I think the fact that I was going for the record was mentally getting to me.’’

Takeyama said “it was really gratifying to see her win’’ after she sprained her ankle the week of last year’s league championship and couldn’t vault.

“I thought she had it on the second vault,’’ Takeyama said. “For her, senior year, to come back and win, it was really special.’’

Baldwin’s Briana Goodnight barely edged Kamehameha Maui’s Caronne Rozet in the girls 1,500. They were neck-and-neck during the entire race before Goodnight surged ahead in the final 100 meters.

“It was miserable,’’ Goodnight said of the final lap. “Couple times, she passed me. It was hard. I kept looking back (in the final 100). I shouldn’t have done that.’’

Seabury Hall’s Brittany Young only competed in the 800 finals and won with a time of 2:19.66. She skipped the 400 finals and didn’t enter the 1,500 and 3,000. Young had the top time in the 400 trials on Friday, and ran it “to refine my speed.’’

“I’m just saving it for states,’’ said Young, one of the top distance runners in the state. “I’m training through this meet.’’

Maui High’s William Puaa won the boys pole vault with a mark of 14-6 despite a pulled hamstring that gave him problems in several other events. Puaa missed three attempts at 15 feet in the pole vault.

“It’s possible,’’ Puaa said of 15 feet. “I’ve been working with that height and 16 feet. The only problem that hindered me was my hamstring. I had a slight pull from Thursday.’’

Lusk won five events – she took titles in the girls 100 hurdles, 100 and 200, and was also a member of the 400 and 1600 relay teams.

Paea Keawekane of Kamehameha Maui won the boys 100 and 200, and was on the winning 400 and 1600 relay teams – all of this after a flag football game earlier in the day.

“I had a long day,’’ Keawekane said. “The leads (in the 100 and 200) wasn’t as big as what I wanted.’’

Stan Lee can be reached at stanlee@mauinews.com

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Posted Saturday April 29 in The Maui News

TRACK AND FIELD

MIL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

A dash of success
By Stan Lee, Staff Writer

WAILUKU – The Maui Interscholastic League’s top sprinter finished first in both of his events on Friday at the league’s track and field championship trials at the Yamamoto Track & Field Facility.

Paea Keawekane of Kamehameha Schools Maui won the 100 and 200-meter dashes, easily advancing to today’s finals.

He ran the 100 in 11.19 seconds and had a 22.72 in the 200. The top eight finishers from each event at the trials advanced to today’s finals, which are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Keawekane, a junior, has the state’s fastest time in the 100 this year, a 10.6 he put up in the league opener on March 4. Less than three weeks later, Troy Yamase of Waimea High on Kauai also ran a 10.6. They are the only two athletes to run under 11 seconds this season.

Keawekane also has the state’s fourth fastest time in the 200 at 22.5.

“I didn’t expect to go under 11,’’ Keawekane said of his first meet. “At practice, I was running 11.4. The adrenaline pushed me.’’

Keawekane thought about coming out for track during his freshman and sophomore years, then finally showed up this season at the insistence of some of his friends.

“A lot of people and coaches were telling me to come out, so I figured I’d try,’’ Keawekane said. “I came out and I’ve really come to love the sport.’’

His times fluctuated after running the 10.6 – he’s been in high 10s and low 11s since.

“The reason for that is that once he’s ahead, he slows down at the finish,’’ said Warriors coach Al Souza. “He’s going to turn it on at states because he knows everybody will be up there with him.

“Once you’re ahead, why push even more? Most of the time he’s running with his friends, but I keep telling him you can’t keep doing that.’’

Aside from maintaining his conditioning, his school’s trainers also have a strength plan for Keawekane to keep him going at his state-leading pace.

“Sometimes I get a little lazy, but my teammates are there to push me and help me out,’’ Keawekane said. “Our trainers have a strength plan and we meet everyday after practice.’’

The other top boys qualifiers from the trials were Kawika Baugher of Baldwin in the 110 hurdles, Crim Mitchell of Maui High in the 400, Colton Quinabo of Baldwin in the 300 hurdles, St. Anthony’s Pii Kaaihue in the 800 and Thomas Salek in the shot put and discus, Jeremy Fuller of Baldwin in the long jump, and Maui High’s William Puaa in the triple jump. Seven of the eight qualifiers in the high jump advanced to the finals by clearing 5 feet-6 inches.

The girls top qualifiers in the trials were June Ann Lusk of Baldwin in the 100 hurdles and 100, Seabury Hall’s Brittany Young in the 400, Maui High’s Carrie-Beth Komatsu in the 300 hurdles and Trisha Yamamoto in the triple jump, St. Anthony’s Tiara Dole in the long jump and Nette Tolutau of Baldwin in the shot put and discus.