Four athletes qualify early

Four athletes qualified early for the state track championships.

Kaua‘i High School’s Jamilee Jimenez jumped a qualifying 4 feet, 10 inches for the high jump event. Kapa‘a High School’s discus specialist Loke Manaku threw 110.01 yards, a good yardage over the qualifying distance.

Two athletes posted qualifying distances for the long jump. Waimea High School’s Bailon Batalion jumped the farthest with 20 feet, 5 inches, while Kaua‘i’s Pono Mathews was not too far behind with 20 feet and 2 inches.

The Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation’s first qualifying track meet was cut short Friday afternoon due to bad weather. Only a few field and running events were recorded. Official results were not made available until yesterday afternoon.

All three girls who ran the hurdles race, placed. Kaua‘i’s Michelle Kato took the top spot. Waimea’s Chelsea Nawai and Kaua‘i’s Elisabeth Young followed.

Only one boy ran the hurdles race. Nelson Acosta of Waimea ran a time of 19.25.

Times for the 100-meter dashes were adjusted because the races started at the wrong spot.

Kaua‘i’s Tiffany Ikeda-Simao took first with a time of 13 seconds. Teammate Kathleen Cadiente placed second with 13.78. Waimea’s Kelly Joyce placed third with a 14.39 finish.

On the boys side, Mathews narrowly won over his teammate Drake Apao. Mathews ran an 11.65. Apao ran an 11.69. Waimea’s Batalion took third with an 11.74.

For girls discus, Manaku took first, teammates Ema Taufoou and Ilaisaane Masaniai took second and third.

Kaua‘i’s Jeremy Robinson took first place with a throw of 112 feet and 5 inches. Kapa‘a’s Simione Langi took second with a throw of 110 feet and 2 inches, while Kaua‘i’s Kevin Holtzman took third with 105 feet and 3 inches.

Central, a point better

in 12U boys basketball

KALAHEO — They were two undefeated teams, and when the dust settled, one would have a blemish and one would emerge unscathed.

The Gee Unit and Team Central met on the final night of play for the county’s 12 and Under boys basketball league, and following a slugfest, it was Team Central nudging the Gee Unit 44-43 in the first of two games.

Adam Clark finished with a game-high 18 points for the Gee Unit with Keoni Kinzie adding 13 points and Donovan Harrison finishing with 7 points.

Duke Pauli led Team Central with 15 points with Keane Agoot following a digit back at 14 points. John Das finished with 8 points in the win.

James Stevens finished with 10 points to lead Hanakila to a 40-22 win over the Kalaheo Heat in the final game.

Gabe Diaz added 8 points and Kelikoa Baclayon contributed 6 points to the win.

Trey Aguano led the Kalaheo troops with 9 points followed by Tystin Gummerus with 7 points and Kalawai‘a Judd notching 4 points in the effort.

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