Two Kaua‘i sisters earned awards in the national track and field meet in Hershey, Penn. on Saturday, Aug. 8.
The six Hawai‘i participants were selected among more than 400 participants at the 20th Annual Hershey State Track and Field Meet held June 21 at Kaiser High School. The six made up the Pacific Southwest Regional Team, one of eight regional teams from the United States and Canada.
Kathleen Cadiente competed in the 11-12 girls’ standing long jump and took third place with a seven-foot, five-inch jump. Kelsey, who competed in the girls’ 9-10 standing long jump, won fifth place with a six-feet, three-inch jump. Their mom is Gina Cadiente of Lihu‘e.
This is Kathleen’s second time in national competition and with her sister Kelsey’s participation this year, it makes it a family affair with older brother, Kevin Cadiente, also having participated in the national meet two years ago in the 200-meter run, said State Representative Dennis Arakaki, Hawai‘i chair of the Hershey Youth Program.
Participants and chaperones received an all-expenses-paid trip to Hershey, Penn., and got to take in a tour of the Hershey chocolate factory and had a free day at the Hershey Amusement Park. Chaperones were Jerry Refamonte, Recreation Director for Kaua‘i County Parks and Recreation and Ellen Katoda, of the Hawai‘i Recreation and Park Association.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for our kids from Hawai‘i to have, and we’re thankful it was made possible by the Hershey Foods company,” Refamonte said.
For more information on participating in the track and field program on Kaua‘i or about the Hershey Track and Field Meet, please contact Refamonte at the Kaua‘i County Parks and Recreation office at 241-6840.