Over 20 KIF athletes have punched their tickets to the HHSAA State Track and Field Championships in May on the campus of Kamehameha Schools on O’ahu.
But the fifth and final qualifier before the KIF trials and championships could bring in another set of state hopefuls to the fray today at Vidinha Stadium. The action is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
The KIF’s track and field championships kick off on April 27, with the trials and the finals beginning on April 28. Both the trials and finals will begin promptly at 4 p.m.
At the last track event, the 59th Annual West Kaua’i Rotary Meet, Waimea’s Nathan Martin (3,000, 1,500, 800), Kenny Estes (100, 200), and Kollin Morikawa (long jump, triple jump) managed to pick up multiple gold medals. In the meantime, Kapa’a’s Nathaniel Langi brought home the gold in both the shot put and discus events.
Others picking up golds in the boys ranks included Waimea’s Jayrald Watanabe (400), Kapa’a’s Greg Ragsac (110 hurdles), Waimea’s Chris Aguilar (300 hurdles), and Waimea’s Kaimana Girod (high jump).
Waimea swept the relay events, taking the top spots in the 4×100 and 4×400 contests.
Kaua’i’s Tiffany Ikeda-Simao dominated in the 100 and 200 races and teammate Chelsea Smith-Wishard was a terror in the distance events, grabbing gold in the 1,500 and 800 competitions.
Red Raider jumping phenom Jamilee Jimenez jumped away with three golds (triple jump, long jump, high jump).
Other top finishers included Kaua’i’s Auika Muragin (400), Kaua’i’s Tara McCoy (3,000), Kaua’i’s Allison Arakaki (100 hurdles), Kapa’a’s Nahtice Nield (300 hurdles), Kapa’a’s Danielle Creamer (shot put), and Loke Manaku (discus). Kaua’i took both relay events (4×100, 4×400).
The Red Raider girls topped the team standings with 240 points, followed by Waimea with 139, and Kapa’a with 68.
Waimea ran away with team gold for the boys, tallying 250.5 points. Kapa’a (113), Kaua’i (69.5), Kamehameha (26), and Island (1) rounded out the top five.
Top three finishers of the event can be found in the scoreboard on page B2.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.