Championships open up today

LIHU’E — Due to injuries and other reasons, the KIF track and field trials were short and sweet, yesterday at Vidinha Stadium.

Only a few events could take place, with the championships happening today at 4 p.m.

In girls shot put, Kapa’a’s Loke Manaku (30-4.5) takes the early lead over Kaua’i’s Tamalyn Hasegawa (28-1), and Kapa’a’s Danielle Creamer (27-11.75).

Kaua’i’s Tiffany Ikeda-Simao (16-10) holds a slim lead over team-mates Jamilee Jimenez (15-7.20) and Courtney Wilson (13-5.5).

On the boys side, Waimea’s B.J. Batalion jumped the farthest (20-5.5), followed by teammate Kollin Morikawa (19-6), and Kapa’a’s Coty Salausa.

Kapa’a’s Nathaniel Langi (125-5.5) continued to pace the discus throw contest, over Waimea’s Anson Acain (115-4.74) and teammate Simi Langi (98-5).

Loke Manaku (104-6.625) of Kapa’a took the lead in the girls discus, followed by Kaua’i’s Tamalyn Hasegawa (93.75) and Emma Makepa-Foley (87-2.75).

In the girls long jump competition, Jimenez (33-2) holds down the top spot over teammate Courtney Wilson (30-6) and Kapa’a’s Ella Arume (27-5.5).

Waimea’s Kenny Estes dominated both the 100 and 200 meters. The Menehune senior clocked an -11.28 in the 100 and 23.60 in the 200. Teammate Layne Fernandez (11.65) and Andrew Renaud (11.76) were right behind in the 100.

Renaud (24.42) and Waimea’s Alan-Michael Gaspar (24.36) filled the second and third spots in the 200.

Everyone who purchased a ticket for yesterday’s trials were told by Waimea athletic director Jon Kobayashi that they could use the ticket for today’s championships.

However, there will be a charge for admission to the event today if you didn’t attend yesterday’s trials. General admission tickets are $4 and $3 for senior citizens. The cost for kindergarten through eighth-grade students is $3.

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