Finally, a rainless KIF track meet

LIHU’E — The KIF track and field athletes, coaches, and fans were finally treated to a rainless track meet yesterday at Vidinha Stadium.

At the third state qualifier, Waimea’s Kenny Estes got his first crack at running 100 meters and he blistered the track for a time of 10.9. Also, Estes ran another strong 200 meter race, improving his time once again. The Menehune senior, who is heading off to the University of Hawai’i in the fall on a football scholarship, will be participating in three events at states — 100, 200, and the 4×100 relay.

Waimea is the two-time defending state champions in the 4×100 relay, which consists of Estes, Troy Yamase, Allen-Michael Gaspar, Bailon Batalion, and a few others, who remain in the hunt for a spot on the squad.

“We got a nice surprise in the high jump,” Waimea coach Dave Walker said.

Waimea’s Chris Newcomb tallied a state mark in the high jump with an attempt of 5-10.

“We encouraged him to try six feet and he barely missed it,” Walker said.

Menehune distance runners Nathan and Rachel Martin closed in on state times, but fell a bit short, with Nathan running the 3,000 meters and Rachel attempting the 1,500 meters.

“It was a nice night for running. The conditions were absolutely wonderful,” Walker said.

Full results of the third qualifying meet will be published in an upcoming edition of The Garden Island.

The KIF’s fourth qualifying meet/KIF relays will be on Friday, April 7 at 4 p.m. (Vidinha Stadium).

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