Qualifiers set for states

Dennis Fujimoto

The Garden Island

LIHUE — Waimea’s Joy Monique Lorenzo picked up two state consideration runs on Thursday as did the Miller boys from Island School during the Kauai Interscholastic Federation track and field event at Vidinha Stadium.

Lorenzo, the perky basketball guard clocked in at 17.69 seconds for second place in the 100 meter hurdles. First place in the event went to Kauai’s Natalie Nishioka, who stopped the clock at 16.96 for state consideration.

Lorenzo rebounded in the girls 300 meter hurdles for a gold medal with a 52.04 run and her second state consideration standard.

Kapaa’s Heather Faretta rebounded from her second-place finish to Kauai’s Anaiah Christensen last week and raised the bar, clearing 4 feet, 11 inches for a state consideration jump. Last week, Faretta lost to Christensen on a 4-10 leap, after attempting the 4-11 jump unsuccessfully.

Michael Miller, running in the boys’ arena under pleasant, if not windy, conditions, soared to the only state auto qualifying standard by topping the boys 3,000 meter run on a 9:35.32 first finish, scraping by the auto standard by .02 second.

Josh Miller pocketed the consideration mark with his first finish in the 2:05.57 run, outdistancing the silver medalist, Tytan Heresa of Kauai by nearly 13 seconds.

Kapaa’s Noah LaMadrid topped the boys 200 meter dash (23.57) for a consideration run, and Kauai’s Charles Samuel pocketed a consideration with his first finish in the boys 400 meter dash (52.88).

Waimea’s Henry Delos Reyes continued to work on his jumps, pocketing a state consideration for his second leap of 41-11, clearly asserting himself over the 39-04.25 consideration bar.

Thursday is the final qualifying track and field event before the KIF championships April 30 and May 1. The first events start at 4:30 p.m.

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