KIF track meets today

The Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation will hope to put on a full track meet today at the Vidinha Stadium in Lihu‘e.

Last week’s first qualifying track meet was cut short due to bad weather conditions. Only a few running and field events were completed.

Today, at 4 p.m., the high school track athletes hoping to post state qualifying times, jumps or tosses will meet.

Irons down, but not out

COOLANGATTA, Australia — Kauai‘s Andy Irons lost his three-man heat in second place, defeated by South African Greg Emslie, the Quiksilver Pro. He will need to survive sudden-death Round 2 to progress.

Eight-time ASP World Tour champion Kelly Slater was also defeated. Slater came in second to Australia’s Julian Wilson, who gained entrance to the competition as a wildcard.

Of the 10 new faces on the 2007 Foster’s ASP World Tour, six advanced straight to Round 3 yesterday — Leonardo Neves (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS), Ben Dunn (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Ricky Basnett (ZAF) among them.

Event organizers are expecting an increase in swell size over the next few days due to a cyclone off of the Northern Queensland coast.  

The next call was 6 a.m. today.

Free workshop for young golfers

The Garden Island

Young golfers on Kaua‘i will have a chance to learn first-hand from collegiate coaches and players at the 8th Annual Kaua‘i Collegiate Cup NCAA Workshop.

The workshop, scheduled for Mar. 14, will start at 6 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Community College cafeteria and is a prelude to the 8th Annual Kaua‘i Collegiate Cup hosted by the Western Kentucky golf team.

The free workshop is open to all Kaua‘i youngsters who are interested in pursuing athletics in college. The thrust of the workshop is geared to helping young athletes advance to the collegiate level.

Coaches and players featured in the workshop will be on Kaua‘i to compete in the Kaua‘i Collegiate Cup that will take place March 16 and 17 at the Princeville Golf Course.

Brian Tirpak, the Western Kentucky coach and a former collegiate golfer, will head the workshop leaders that include the team from WKU and North Dakota State University.

NDSU coach Billy Iverson is in his fourth year as coach of the Bison golf team after being a professional for almost 20 years.

More than a dozen collegiate athletes will also be on hand to assist the coaches.

For more information, call Larry Lee at 823-0599. The clinic is being sponsored by the WKU golf team and the Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association.

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