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Kaua’i girls earn second spot at Velasco Invitational

It was constant and brief, but very heavy rain came down at Mililani High School this past weekend at the 25th Annual John E. Velasco Track & Field Invitational, but that didn’t stop a few Kaua’i athletes from setting three new meet records and equaling one on a very wet, muddy and soggy Friday night.

Tiffany Ikeda-Simao led the charge with new meet records in the 100m (12.7) and 200m (27.1).

Then it was Chelsea Smith-Wishard’s turn in the 1500m (5:01.5) breaking the old record (5:17.0) by over 15 seconds and to top it off, Jamilee Jimenez tied the long jump record (16-07 1/2 ), won the triple jump (30-11.00) and high jump (4-08 1/2 ).

When the points were finally added up, Radford High school won the meet (130-98) but the Kaua’i girls finished an amazing second with only 12 girls making the trip.

Scoring additional valuable points for the Lady Raiders were Tara McCoy (5:25.0/1500), Natasha Arakaki (18.2/100 hurdles), Courtney Wilson (29-04 1/4 /triple jump) and Savannah Rollins (4-08.00/high jump).

Also competing and doing very well were Leeanna Carvalho, Allison Arakaki, Sierra Blackford, Krystal Naumu and Kelsi Ogata.

The Kaua’i boys finished 9th in the team standings and were led by Frank Speetjens’ victory in the 800 meters (2:12.1) along with Kiley Momohara, Clesson Lee and Shawn Morimoto.

Also making the trip was Kapa’a freshman Joseph Velasco who finished 6th in the 300 hurdles (45.7) and 10th in the 200 (24.8)

Twenty-four hours later on an equally wet, muddy, soggy Saturday night, the same seventeen Kaua’i track and field athletes competed in the George Yamamoto Invitational Relays at Mililani High School.

Leading the charge this time was Chelsea Smith-Wishard who set the only new meet record that evening in the1600 meters (5:20.1) which converts to about a 4:58/1500 meters.

Savannah Rollins (4-08.00/high jump) and Tiffany Ikeda-Simao (15-08 1/4 long jump) also scored victories.

In the Mixed 4×100 Relay (two boys and two girls) Allison Arakaki had the lead-off leg but Clesson Lee and Kiley Momohara gave Tiffany Ikeda-Simao enough of a lead that no boys could catch her that evening on the final anchor leg.

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