State times galore

LIHU‘E — Racing towards the finish line before the rain invaded Lihu‘e yesterday, was the main concern of the athletes, coaches, and fans in the first official meet held on the newly rubberized surface at Vidinha Stadium.

After being postponed since March 10, the KIF finally saw an open window yesterday to hold its very first contest.

The first qualifying meet saw many state qualifying times, including Waimea’s 4×100 boys squad, led by senior Kenny Estes.

Unofficially, the two-time defending state champion squad clocked in at 43.9 seconds.

“We’re always hopeful. The kids are going to try their best,” Waimea coach Dave Walker said.

Waimea’s other strong runners include Troy Yamase, Allen-Michael Gaspar, B.J. Batalion, and Layne Fernandez.

The rain starting to come down with force during the latter part of the meet, but thanks to the swiftness of the event, the KIF was able to get in its first track and field competition of the 2006 campaign.

Full results of the event weren’t available at press time.

However, a recap will be featured in Thursday’s sports section.

KIF track and field continues on Friday, with another qualifying meet, starting at 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Officials are still pondering the rescheduling of the annual Mayor’s Invitational, which was originally scheduled for March 17.

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