Kapaa wins five of six

With the Kauai Interscholastic Federation paddling championships looming, Kapaa High School asserted itself Saturday by winning five of the six events on the Wailua River.

The near-perfect showing sets the stage for the championships starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wailua River.

Kapaa teams captured the junior varsity girls, JV boys, JV mixed, varsity boys and varsity mixed races by handy margins.

The Warriors’ closest race of the day came on the JV boys’ race where the Warriors squeaked to a paddle of 3 minutes, 57.39 seconds — just a second better than the Kauai High School A crew who stopped the clocks at 3:58.75 for second place.

The win also keeps Kapaa in control of the standings with 18 points, challenged by Kauai with a dozen points.

Kapaa, taking the JV mixed division on a 4:10.01 run over the regatta, controls the standings with 16 points, challenged by Kauai High School, which holds 13 points following its third place finish of 4:35.32.

The Red Raiders were edged out of second place by the Waimea A crew, which crossed on a 4:23.95 paddle for four points in the standings.

Kapaa re-established itself in the JV girls races, crossing first on a 4:18.97 run to Kauai’s 4:33.53 showing.

Despite the strong finish, Kapaa JV girls are challenging the Red Raiders for the standings lead, 14 points to Kauai’s 16 points.

This is one of the divisions, along with the JV mixed, which will go to the wire as the KIF championship regatta will offer double points over the half-mile event, the winner claiming the title.

On the varsity lanes, Kapaa dominates the varsity boys and mixed divisions, its first finishes giving each division 20 points in the standings.

The Kapaa boys varsity was nearly three seconds faster than Waimea, crossing the line on a 3:42.30 paddle in the finals over the Menehune’s 3:45.20 charge. Kauai followed at 3:58.71.

On the varsity mixed lanes, Kapaa was nearly five seconds faster than the Menehune, crossing on a 4:00.94 run over Waimea’s 4:05.14 charge and Kauai’s 4:08.61 effort.

The close finishes puts the Menehune at 10 points in the varsity boys and nine points in the varsity mixed divisions.

Kauai High School varsity girls spoiled the Warriors’ efforts at being perfect, crossing the line nearly two seconds ahead of the Warriors at 4:13.67 to Kapaa’s 4:15.71 finish.

Waimea rounded out the field on a 4:19.02 run, nearly six seconds off the pace.

The Red Raiders’ first finish keeps them in control with 17 points, challenged by Kapaa at 10 points and Waimea with eight points.

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