Kaua‘i girls, Waimea boys top KIF track, field

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i High School girls piled up 203 points, and the Waimea High School boys accumulated 152 points to win the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation track and field championships on Friday at Vidinha Stadium.

Working through two days of events, the Red Raider wahine were led by Kawehi Louis-Diamond, a junior, who finished with automatic state qualifying times in both the girls 100-meter hurdles, the girls 300-meter hurdles and was part of the girls 4x 100-meter relay team — which also pocketed an auto state qualifying time.

Coach Peter Riopta said this was the ninth consecutive KIF title for the Red Raider wahine.

Cameron Twiggs of Waimea topped the boys 100-meter dash, the boys 200-meter dash and was part of the Waimea boys 4×100 relay team and the boys 4×400 relay team, all of his events finishing with state consideration time standards.

Twiggs topped the boys 100-meter dash on an 11.25 run for consideration, following the event with another first finish in the boys 200-meter dash at 22.95, another state consideration run.

Michael Alonzo of Kapa‘a was a consistent second, finishing at 11.55 in the boys  100-meter  dash and earning a consideration nod with his 23.55 finish in the boys 200-meter dash.

The Menehune boys also marked a consideration run in the boys 4×100 relay event, stopping the clock at 45.04 and followed by Kaua‘i’s team at 46.16, both runs earning consideration nods.

Waimea topped the boys 4×400-meter relay on a 3:41.53 for another consideration.

Kaua‘i’s Christian Sarmiento earned a state auto standard in the boys triple jump, leaping to a 41-06.50 first place and the auto standard. He also earned a consideration nod in his first finish in the boys long jump, leaping for 19-11.50 over Waimea’s Jon Tangalin who ended at 19-05.25.

Tangalin went on to top the boys 110-meter hurdles on a 17.12 run over teammate Cullen Gutierrez, who stopped the clock at 17.50.

But Gutierrez rebounded to take Tangalin in the boys 300-meter hurdles, stopping the clock at 42.99 over Tangalin’s 44.06, both times earning consideration nods.

Kapa‘a’s Treston Brede earned a consideration nod for the Kapa‘a High School boys, topping 5-08 in the boys high jump.

His efforts were joined by Tumua Masaniai who placed the shot at 42-09.00 for a consideration nod in the boys shot put.

Kaua‘i’s McKenna Lopez-Estacio earned a consideration nod in the boys discus throw with a first place toss of 141.06.

The race of the day came down to the girls 100-meter  hurdles.

The top three finishers earned auto state times led by Louis-Diamond (15.86), Kapa‘a’s Rachael Hinkel (16.52) and Waimea’s Kawena Warren (16.55) in the top three spots.

The same three girls filled in the top spots of the girls 300-meter hurdles with Louis-Diamond (48.25) earning a state auto nod and Hinkel (50.13) and Warren (51.37) getting consideration standards.

Chelsie Domingo topped the girls 100-meter dash (12.95) and the girls 200-meter dash (27.00), but could only muster consideration standards with her top finishes, besting Louis-Diamond (13.28) in the 100-meter  and Waimea’s Taylor Gaspar (28.31) in the 200-meter.

Kaua‘i’s Krista Schnackenberg (5:16.72) and Heidi Herr (5:28.98) earned consideration nods in their first and second finishes in the girls 1,500-meter run, Herr’s mom delaying her appearance at the opening night of the Kalaheo School “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” performance to watch her daughter.

Krista was bested by her sister Ashley Schnackenberg in the girls 800-meter run, Ashley topping the event on a 2:31.32 and shadowed closely by Krista who stopped the clock at 2:31.54, both consideration standards.

Kapa‘a’s Cassie Wilson topped the girls 400-meter dash on a 1:04.71 run, challenged by Waimea’s No. 1 girls singles player Lani-Rae Green, who stopped the clock at 1:04.83, both finishes earning consideration nods.

The Kaua‘i girls 4×100 relay team, recently being touted as the fastest in the state, continued its run, topping the event on a 50.91 finish for the team of Domingo, Louis-Diamond, Reanna Javinar and Kristle Henry.

Henry went on to top the girls long jump on a 16-05.50 leap for a state auto nod, and Javinar topped the girls triple jump on a leap of 35-02.00 for another state auto nod.

Domingo, Ashley, Krista Schnackenberg and Jordan Ganam made up the girls 4×400 relay team, which earned a consideration nod on its first finish at 4:25.13.

 The team was closely followed by Waimea’s team of Tiara Soliven, Holly Kai‘akapu, Green and Warren for a 4:31.30 run — another consideration standard.

The KIF tracksters earning state standards will advance to the 2012 Island Movers Track and Field Championships May 11 and May 12 at Kea‘au High School on the Big Island.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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