Claypoole gets record-breaking performance
LIHU‘E — Island School’s Joy Claypoole gave a record-breaking performance on Thursday during the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation qualifying track meet No. 6 at Vidinha Stadium.
Claypoole finished the girls 3000 meter run in 11:27.89, ahead of the KIF record she set in 2011 at 11:32.98.
If she can continue this performance during the KIF championship that runs Thursday and Friday, Claypoole will break the KIF record for the girls 3000.
Kaua‘i’s Krista Schnackenberg and Heidi Herr earned consideration standards with their runs of 11:43.50 and 11:45.90, respectively, for second and third places.
Overall, the Waimea High School girls topped the team rankings with 131 points followed by Kaua‘i High at 103 points. Kapa‘a High School girls tallied 99 points and Island School rounded out the girls at 64 points.
Kaua‘i boys collected 170 points to top the team rankings followed by Kapa‘a High School at 142 points, Waimea at 94 points and Island School at 25 points.
Kaua‘i’s Kawehi Louis-Diamond had a full schedule of running, jumping and throwing.
She set the pace by getting her qualifying standard in the girls 100 meter hurdles on a 15.86 run for top honors, edging Waimea’s Kawena Warren who crossed on a consideration standard at 16.98.
But Louis-Diamond continued to pick up state times, getting a consideration standard in the girls long jump where she finished second to Warren (16-01.00) with her 15-06.50 leap. Warren jumped with a ripped shoe, which she discovered after taking it out of her gym bag and getting it taped for the jump by the event trainers.
She fell short of a consideration in the girls triple jump where Waimea’s Talia Young earned a consideration leap of 31-11.50 over Louis-Diamond’s 31-03.00 leap, five inches shy of the consideration standard.
On the running track, Louis-Diamond picked up two consideration standards, eyeing her mother’s KIF record set in 1986 in the girls 200 meter dash. Louis-Diamond finished with a consideration standard with a first finish at 27.65, shy of her mother’s 26.1 KIF record.
Louis-Diamond also finished second to Waimea’s Kaena Kaohelauli‘i in the girls 100 meter dash, Kaohelauli‘i and Louis-Diamond getting consideration standards with their respective 13.20 and 13.23 finishes.
Louis-Diamond, switching shoes between running, jumping, and throwing, wrapped up her accomplishments with a consideration toss in the Girls Discus, finishing first in the event on a 91-11 throw over Waimea’s Tiana Apilado who ended at 89-05.
Island School was the sole participant in the Girls 4 x 400 Meter Relay, ending with a 4:41.17 consideration finish.
Kaua‘i’s Joshua Herr continued his pace from last week’s Honolulu Marathon event, earning a qualifying standard with his first finish in the boys 3000 meter run at 9:19.25. His brother Andrew Herr finished second in the event at 10:51.64, shy of the consideration standard of 10.11.74.
Kauai’s Austin Manera earned a consideration with his first finish in the boys 800 meter Run, stopping the clock at 2:08.79.
Waimea’s Destin Miguel edged out Kapa‘a’s Michael Alonzo by.02 second in the boys 200, both runners earning consideration standards with their 23.20 and 23.22 finishes.
Waimea’s Henry Delos Reyes topped the triple jump with a consideration leap of 40-01.00, the only participant to earn a state performance.
In the pits, Kaua‘i’s McKenna Lopez-Estacio earned a qualifying toss at 150-05 in the discus, and a consideration placement of 43-00.75 in the shot put, both performances good for first place finishes.
Kapa‘a’s Unaloto Masaniai earned a consideration placement of 42-06.50 for second in the shot put, and Kaelin Lopez of Waimea High School earned a consideration placement in his third-place finish at 41-08.75.
Following Lopez-Estacio in the discus, Kapa‘a’s Holden Prem earned a consideration toss at 129-10.
The Kapa‘a Boys “A” team in the boys 4 x 100 relay earned a consideration standard with its 45.93 first finish.
The KIF Championship will be held on Thursday and Friday at Vidinha Stadium, Thursday being the qualifying day and Friday being the finals.
There is no admission for the Thursday events. Admission will be charged for the Friday championship.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.