KIF track athletes hone themselves ahead of break

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation welcomed the Spring Break with one state qualifying standard and seven consideration standards for the girls and two consideration standards for the boys on Thursday at the KIF Qualifying Track Meet No. 2.

“We don’t have school Friday,” said Kevin Cadiente, the Kaua‘i High School trainer on duty for the meet. “A lot of kids have plans, so this is the Spring Break already.”

Kawehi Louis-Diamond, establishing a state standard last week in the girls 100-meter hurdles, finished first with a state time Thursday, although her 15.97 was a tad slower than her last week’s run.

Kawena Warren, coming in second in the run, topped three girls, second through fourth places, who all had consideration runs, Warren stopping the clock at 17.04.

Rachel Hinkel, a Kapa‘a senior who finished second last week with a state standard, filled in third (17.16), followed by Waimea’s Holly Kai‘akapu (17.35), for the state considerations.

Louis-Diamond went on to top the girls 300-meter hurdles, but could only muster a state consideration on her 51.40 first finish run, almost two seconds ahead of  runner-up Sierra Riemer of Kapa‘a (53.19).

Waimea’s Taylor Gaspar, topping the girls 100-meter and 200-meter dash events, came close with her first finishes, stopping the clock at 13.63 on the 100-meter and 28.34 on the 200-meter, but falling short of the consideration marks.

Krista Schnackenberg topped the girls 3,000-meter run on an 11.:59.60, getting past the consideration 12:11.94 standard.

The Kaua‘i Girls 4×100 relay team also got a consideration run with its 52.98 first finish.

Reanna Javinar, a strong finisher in last week’s sprint events, opted for the field, snaring a consideration leap of 4-10.00 in the girls high jump and bettering teammate Kristle Henry’s 4-08.00 leap of last week.

Kapa‘a’s Zavier Cummings finished a consistent second place in the boys 100- and 200-meter dash last week.

Thursday, he provided fans a thrill as he came from behind in the final few yards to overtake Russell Aceret (Waimea) in the 100-meter dash for an 11.67 run over Aceret’s 11.86 — the finish coming close to a consideration standard (11.44).

Kaua‘i distance runner Joshua Herr, pacing himself conservatively last week, snagged a consideration run with his first finish in the Boys 3,000-meter run, stopping the clock at 9:55.01 over Ryan Perez of Island School (11:39.69).

The order flip-flopped in the Boys 1,500-meter run, where Perez (2:16.03) topped Herr (4:35.55), both runs falling short of the consideration mark.

Perez also topped the Boys 800-meter run (2:16.03) over fellow Voyager Kellan Wortmann (2:29.48), both times also short of consideration.

The boys’ second consideration came in the field events.

Kaua‘i’s McKenna Estacio put the shot 42-05.00 for first place, bettering the consideration 41.08.25 mark.

Estacio also topped the boys discus with a 135-04.50 throw.

The next KIF qualifying meet will start at 4:30 p.m. on March 22 at Vidinha Stadium.

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