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Raider Girls 4×100 tops at state track

Tiffany Ikeda-Simao was seeded eighth in the Girls Long Jump, and fellow jumper Jamilee Jimenez had a second seed on a 17-1 jump in the same event.

But those were following the preliminaries for the Island Movers State Track and Field Championships Hawai‘i 2008 which was held Friday at Mililani High School. The championships were held Saturday afternoon and evening, also at Mililani.

Ikeda-Simao, who broke into the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation scene with her appearance in the girls triple jump, was seeded second on a 35-3 1/25 leap, almost a foot shorter than her KIF debut where she marked at 36 feet.

The senior from Kaua‘i High School continued to make impressions during the preliminaries, finishing Friday’s event seeded second in the girls 100-meter dash with a 12.69 run.

On Saturday, early unofficial results from Kaua‘i High School Athletic Director Ross Shimabukuro had Ikeda-Simao winning the event after successfully advancing through the heats, although no official times were available at press time.

Full results of the Kaua‘i athletes competing in the HHSAA state track and field championship will appear in a future issue of The Garden Island when they become available.

One of the events the Kaua‘i High School coaching staff was looking at was the girls 4×100-relay in which the team was already top seeded before leaving the island.

Coach Peter Riopta, during one of the team’s practices following the KIF championships, told the girls he wanted the gold in that event, but beyond that, would also like to come home with the state record.

Following the Friday prelims, the Red Raider team of Kathleen Cadiente, Kelsey Cadiente, Jimenez and Ikeda-Simao posted a top-seeded run of 49.44.

Kaua‘i won the girls 4×100-relay on an unofficial time of 49.03, falling just .11 short of the state record of 48.92 set in 1999.

A full accounting of the Kaua‘i athletes’ performances will be coming once the full results are available.

A full preliminary report is posted on the HHSAA Web site at www.sportshigh.com.

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