Photo finishes in first full meet

Runners, field eventers post great numbers in track meet

by Lanaly Cabalo – THE GARDEN ISLAND

Waimea’s Kalani Apilado did all he could to beat out Kaua‘i’s Scot Sasan in the 400 Meter Dash.

“I just thought, ‘I could win this,’” he said. “So did everything I could. I just tilted and I guess I just tilted a little too far.”

That tilt led Apilado to slide into the finish just short of line, but put on a good show for the fans and his teammates who all cheered for him.

Sasan won that race 59.22 over Apilado’s 59.25.

It may have been a practice meet for the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation’s track athletes, but it was an eventful one, with photo finishes and solid jumps.

The meet started off with the field events. Waimea’s long jumper Bailon Batalion took first place with a jump of 20 feet, 3 1/4 inches, while his female counterpart, Kaua‘i’s Jamilee Jimenez jumped a 17 feet, 8 1/2 inches. That jump not only qualifies Jimenez for the state tournament, it puts her in championship contention. Last year’s state champion from Punahou jumped 18 feet.

Jimenez then posted a 4 feet, 11 inches in the high jump. Waimea’s Chris Newcomb won with a jump of 5 feet 10 inches.

In the boys’ triple jump, Batalion jumped 42 feet, 5 1/2 inches to come out front. There were no girls triple jumping.

Also in the field events, Waimea’s Natasha Werner had the top discus throw with a 90.06, while Kapa‘a’s Simione Langi took the boy’s discus with a 114.03

Back to the running events, Waimea’s Cayla Kitabayashi took the 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 17.18. Her teammate Marc Oroc took the 110 Meter Hurdles with a 15.74.

In the girls 100 Meter Dash, no one came close to Kaua‘i’s Tiffany Ikeda-Simao. She easily took the race with a time of 12.70. This beats her state finish from last year, when she took second with a time of 13.36. Kaua‘i’s Pono Mathews beat Oroc with a time of 11.4. Oroc ran an 11.55.

For the mid-distance, Waimea’s Caralyn Broyles won the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:36.31. On the boys side, Waimea’s Kevin Aguilar won with a time of 2:24.28.

In the 1500 Meter Run, Kaua‘i’s Tara McCoy won with a time of 5.37. For the boys, it came down to five hundredths of a second as Kaua‘i’s Chris Barich won over Waimea’s Jared Coleman-Stark.

Kaua‘i’s girls won the 4×100 Meter Relay. Ikeda-Simao anchored the team to bring it in with a time of 51.95. Kaua‘i’s Mathews anchored the boys’ relay team, winning with a time of 45 even.

Kapa‘a’s Windy Check won the girls 400 Meter Dash with a time of 1:11.

For the 200 Meter Dash, Kaua‘i’s Skye Shimabukuro ran a 29.00 to come in first. Teammate Tyrus Ceria-Lux won his race with a 23.62.

In the shot put, Kapa‘a had strong showings. Alysa Kaneholani-Lum won with a toss of 27 feet, 5 1/2 inches. For the boys, Langi tossed a 42 feet 4 inches.

Lastly, only Waimea ran a 4×400 Meter Relay team for the girls.

They ran a time of 4:42.06. Waimea’s boys ran two teams, against Kaua‘i and Kapa‘a. One of Waimea’s teams won with a finishing time of 4:00.08.

The next practice meet is next Friday at 4 p.m.

• Lanaly Cabalo, sports editor, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 237) or lcabalo@kauaipubco.com.

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