Kaua‘i and Waimea high schools shared the Mayor’s Invitational Track Meet Saturday.
In the girls events, Kaua‘i High School topped Waimea with 120 points, the Menehune settling for 111 points. Kapa‘a followed with 73 points and Island School with 18 points.
Waimea topped the boys events with 193 points, chased by Kaua‘i High School at 141 points. Kapa‘a filled in at 73 points and Island School picked up 5 points in the event that was scored using the Full Auto Timing system.
Jamilee Jimenez paced the Raider wahine, getting a 5’02” on her High Jump to tie the KIF record as well as the first finish state event of 2006 established by Chelsea Machida of Maui High School.
Machida, in the 2006 state finals, posted a 5’03” leap in the preliminaries, a mark Jimenez is eyeing on the next qualifying meet.
“I’m so stoked right now,” an exhausted Jimenez said following her high jump. “To think that I’m tied at the KIF record, I’m going to get 5’3” at the next meet.”
Dwayne Naumu, a track coach as well as the official tracking the High Jump event, said Jimenez qualified for this year’s state event when she easily cleared 4’8.”
“But we want her to be in the neighborhood of 5’3” to 5’6” before she even gets on the plane,” Naumu said. “This is the only way she’ll be in contention at the states.”
Jimenez, who was thrilled with her jump, also topped the Girls 100 Meter Dash with a 12.97 sprint, bettering the top finisher in the state 2006 event, Brittany Feiteira of Baldwin High who stopped the clock at 13.34 (12.98 prelim). The 2006 state qualifying time in this event was 13.24.
Jimenez also bettered the top state leaps in the Girls Long Jump (17-11.5) and the Girls Triple Jump (35-03.5) in her first place finishes in those events.
Team mate Kathleen Cadiente, topping the 200 Meter event (28.95), also bettered the top state time in her runner-up position at 13.46, but missing the qualifying time by a fraction of a second.
Karyn Nahtice Nield stumbled over the second-to-last hurdle in the Girls 100 Meter Hurdles, relegating her to a fourth overall in the event.
But the Kapa‘a hurdler regained her composure to top the 300 Meter Hurdles event (53.99), edging out Waimea’s Cayla Kitabayashi who took top honors in the 100 Meter Hurdles (17.37), making the 2006 qualifying time of 17.84.
Sunni Acosta, finishing second in the 100 Meter Hurdles, is just shy of qualifying at 17.96.
Waimea’s Caralyn Broyles, topping the 800 Meter (2:35.99) and the 1500 Meter runs (5:24.60) qualifed in the 1500 Meter event and fell just short of qualifying in the 800 Meter event.
Waimea’s Layne Fernandez, finishing first in the Boys 100 Meter Dash, stopped the clock at 11.62, placing him between 5th and 6th place at the 2006 state finals in that event, and just shy of the 11.44 qualifying time.
Waimea’s Marc Oroc topped the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles on a run of 15.91, placing him between fourth and fifth place at the 2006 state event, and beating the qualifying time of 16.64.
Kaua‘i High School’s boys 4×100 Relay team also earned qualifying times in its first finish at 45.80. State qualifying time in this event is 46.24.
Bailon Batalion topped both the Boys Long Jump (19-09.5) and the Boys Triple Jump (42-07.5) while Chris Newcomb cleared 5’8” in the Boys High Jump to take the event by four inches over Pahoa Naihe and Tyler Cram of Kapa‘a.
Bailon and Tyrus Ceria-Lux (40-03.25) of Kaua‘i High School made the qualifying distance in the Triple Long Jump.
Lokelani Manaku of Kapa‘a topped the Girls Discus with a throw of 107’2.75” with Tasha Werner of Waimea following on a throw of 83’9.” Manaku made the qualifying throw of 100’ with distance to spare.
Jeremy Robinson of Kaua‘i topped the Boys Discus at 127’10.5” followed by Simione Langi of Kapa‘a throwing 123’4.5.”
The next scheduled track meet is Apr. 5 when the Rotary Clubs host its annual meet at Vidinha Stadium starting at 4 p.m.