KIF cross country runs up to Kula

The annual Waimea Cross Country Invitational last week Saturday was just

a tease of what’s to come in the 2005-06 KIF cross-country season, which

kicks off tomorrow on the campus of Kula High and Intermediate at 4 p.m.

No surprises this season and Kaua‘i junior Chelsea Smith-Wishard and

Waimea senior Scott Martin want it to stay that way.

The blue flash (Martin) and the red rover (Smith-Wishard) dominated last

season and won every meet, from KCC to Kula.

The two runners also have state titles on their mind with impressive

showings at the prestigious Iolani Invitational earlier this season.

Waimea’s Rachel and Nathan Martin should follow up Martin and Smith-

Wishard in their respective divisions. Last year’s KIF title holders

were the Kapa‘a girls, led by Alex Pond and the Island School boys, who

added noted Mokihana Aquatics swimmer Ben Baldwin to their arsenal.

This year, Kaua‘i will host the state cross country meet, which hasn’t

happened for four years.

“For awhile, Kukuiolono played host and the last time it was at Island

School,” Island School admissions director Sean Magoun said.

KCC (Kaua‘i Community College) will be the host course and it might

change a bit.

“It’s an excellent spectator event. We might do a 1.5 mile

the kids do it twice,” Magoun said.

Also this year, both the boys and girls will run three-mile courses at

the state level. The KIF adopted the three-mile course last season, even

though the state meet didn’t.

  • Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, can be reached at 245-3681

(ext. 257) or

KIF Cross Country

Oct. 8: Kula, 4 p.m.

Oct. 15: Kapa‘a, 9 a.m.

Oct. 22: KCC, 4


Oct. 29: Waimea, 9 a.m.

Nov. 5: Island School (KIF Champ.),

4 p.m.

Nov. 11: State Meet at KCC, 9 a.m.


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