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Michael Miller, Warrior boys lead KIF at states

Michael Miller of the Island School boys track team and members of the Kapaa High School Boys 4×400 relay team walked off with medals to lead the Kauai Interscholastic Federation effort at the Island Movers Hawaii High School Athletic Association state track and field championships which wrapped up Saturday night at the War Memorial Stadium on Maui.

Miller and the Warriors’ 4×400 team’s efforts earned both the Island School and Kapaa boys teams two points each to finish in a four-way tie for 24th place with Damien Memorial School and Farrington High School, both of Oahu.

Miller, a senior at Island School, finished fifth in the boys 3,000-meter run, stopping the clock at 9:22.34. The event was topped by Kamehameha-Kapalama’s Kaeo Kruse whose roots go to Kauai’s Westside.

Kruse, a junior at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama, set the current record in the event at 8:43.12 in 2014.

He also stopped the clock at 4:04.18 in the boys 1,500-meter run, good for second place a mere .17-second back of Louis Ondo of Waiakea High School on the Big Island.

Henry Delos Reyes of Waimea High School leaped for 42 feet, 7.25 inches in the boys triple jump. The jump was good for eighth place, but missing the point counts.

The Kapaa High School boys 4×400 relay team finished fifth in the event, capturing two points with its 44.07-second performance, just .12 seconds ahead of Castle High School. No individual runners were listed on championship listing.

Kapaa’s Heather Faretta finished in 4-way tie in girls high jump at 5 feet, just out of the point counts. She tied with Kellie Okamura (Iolani), Daysha Alameda (Keaau) and Jasianna Ah Nee (Campbell).

Kauai’s Anaiah Christensen followed in seven-way tie at 4-10 with Jade Savaiigaea (Campbell), Ililani Kamaka (Kam-Kapalama), Noelle Johnson (Baldwin), Tia Lovell (Punahou), Gabrielle Fukumoto (Mililani) and Tiyana Hallums (Kam-Kapalama).

During the Unified relay competition, Kapaa High School’s teams fared well, finishing third in the mixed 4×100 meter relay event with a 59.24-second run. The Warriors’ Unified team went on to finish fifth in the mixed 4×400 meter relay on a 5:38.23 performance.

Kauai High School’s Unified team finished seventh in the mixed 4×100 meter relay on a 1:04.4 performance followed by the Kapaa Unified, B team. The Red Raiders’ Unified team also captured sixth place in the mixed 4×400 meter relay event on a 5:41.16 performance. The Kapaa Unified B team finished eighth in that event.

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