Side Lines for Friday — December 09, 2005

• Rolovich transfers to Montana State

• Honolulu Marathon champ’s record could fall

Rolovich transfers to Montana State


HONOLULU — Hawai’i sophomore quarterback Jack Rolovich said he is transferring to Montana State in hopes of playing next season.

The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Rolovich won’t be forced to sit out a season because Montana State is a Division I-AA program. Under NCAA rules, he would have been required to redshirt in 2006 if he transferred to another Division I school.

“I’m always going to keep a little bit of Hawai’i in my heart,” Rolovich said. “All the players were great to me.”

Former Warriors running back Mike Bass, who just finished his senior season with the Bobcats, helped recruit Rolovich to Montana State.

“He said he loved it over there, even though the climate is a little different,” Rolovich told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. “The offense has some of the same concepts as UH, except they run the ball a lot more.”

Rolovich, who chose Hawai’i over California, did not take a snap this season and saw limited action in two games in 2004. He redshirted in 2003.

Last month, Rolovich requested a release from his football scholarship, which allowed him to talk with other schools. He also considered UC Davis, Montana and Eastern Washington.

Rolovich is the brother of former Hawai’i quarterback Nick Rolovich, who led the Warriors to a 9-3 season in 2001 and holds the school record for passing yards in a game with 543.

Honolulu Marathon champ’s record could fall

HONOLULU — Last year, Jimmy Muindi broke a Honolulu had stood for 18 years. He says that new mark could fall on Sunday after only one year, and he hopes to be the one to do it.

“I think the record will go down if the conditions are good,” said the 32-year-old Kenyan, who set the record with a finish of two hours, 11 minutes and 12 seconds last year.

He also said a new mark is possible “if the pacesetter does a good job.” The pacesetter, or “rabbit,” is fellow Kenyan Wilberforce Talel, who is a very strong runner, Muindi said.

Muindi said he is capable of a 2:10 or even 2:09 but said Talel “has to be aggressive” and has to get the front-runners to the halfway point by 1:05:20.

The defending champion said this year’s field is strong. David Mutua, of Kenya, who finished second last year, is back, and Joseph Riri, also of Kenya, who ran a 2:06:49 in Berlin last year and won the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in Japan with a 2:09 finish in March, is making his Honolulu debut.

Also in the field are three-time winner Mbarak Hussein, a former Kenyan who now lives in Albuquerque, N.M.; 1995 winner Josiah Thugwane of South Africa, and Muindi’s younger brother and training partner, Nicholus, who was last year’s pacesetter and is running the full marathon for the first time.

“He is going to be a threat,” said the older brother.

Muindi’s only marathon since last year’s Honolulu race was in March at Rotterdam, where he won with a 2:07:49 finish. He said he is in good physical condition and is ready to run.

He is running Honolulu for the 12th time and now considers Honolulu his second home. Last year he became the first man to win the race four times and hopes to extend that to five. His wife and two children are here to watch, and daughter Stella’s 11th birthday on Sunday gives him additional motivation, he said.


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