Smith-Wishard returns in Rotary Track Meet

Chelsea Smith-Wishard waited nearly two months to do the 1500 Meter Run. The senior, defending state champion from Kaua‘i High School suffered a stress fracture on her right foot last summer and had finally been cleared to run in yesterday’s 60th Annual Rotary Track Meet.

This was her first time in a race since November when she took third in the state cross country championship.

She won yesterday’s race with a time of 5:12.52.

“I felt good,” she said. “I’m not quite back to normal yet but I’m getting there.”

Her state-winning time from last year was 4:54. She hopes to get back to that.

“That’s my goal,” she said.

Smith-Wishard would also later run in the 800 Meter Run.

While she was doing that, teammate Jamilee Jimenez broke the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation long jump record with her jump of 18 feet, 41/4 inches.

Tiffany Ikeda-Simao easily won the 100 Meter Dash. Ikeda-Simao has been unofficially ranked fifth in the state. So far no other female sprinter has been able to challenge her speed. But she doesn’t focus on how close or far behind the other runners are.

“I run against my time,” she said.

She took the race with a time of 12.88.

Overall, the Waimea High School boys and girls team won the meet and received the trophy.

Jimenez was awarded Most Outstanding Female Athlete. Waimea’s Bailon Batalion was awarded Most Outstanding Male Athlete. Full track meet results were not made available by press time.

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