PUHI — Kauai High School’s Jacob Herr was in the zone, focused on catching Island School runner Joshua Graves, Saturday morning at the Island School course.
Herr made his move in the final 50 yards to the finish line, surging past Graves to finish the run at 19 minutes, 36.95 seconds, the No. 3 runner for the Red Raider boys.
“There’s the difference,” said Kauai coach Fred Sasan. “One point. The difference between first and second place. Jacob’s push at the finish line was the difference between fifth and sixth place (overall).”
The Kauai High School boys, dominating the top five spots in earlier races, were mixed with a field of strong runs from Island School and Waimea High Schools, but held on to capture the KIF title with 38 points, just a point ahead of Kapaa High School who garnered 39 points, led by Garret Smith who finished third overall on an 18:35.20 run.
Graves led the Island School boys to the third place with 58 points, and Waimea, with Braden Lumabao finishing fourth overall, ended the day with 92 points after its No. 2 runner crossed 20th overall.
“Coach gave a very good talk this morning,” said Sam Pratt, whose son James finished second for Island School in the ninth position overall at 20:29.35. “He said ‘This is your day. It’s all up to you.’ The boys must have listened.”
Top finisher on the boys’ course belonged to Kauai’s Dodger Middlebrook crossing at 18:19.27 followed by Kane Casillas in second place at 18:31.22.
On the girls’ course, Kauai’s Mia Takekuma finished first at 21:18.22 dogged by Kapaa’s Victoria Hennessy crossing at 21:33.25.
Hennessy set the pace for the Kapaa girls who piled up 34 points for the KIF championships, just four points ahead of Kauai High School who finished at 38 points.
Kapaa locked up the title when its second and third runners crossed at fourth (Kelsea Armstrong, 22:56.79) and fifth (Juliana Tampus, 23:11.12), respectively. This put the Kapaa scoring ahead of Kauai who got its second runner, Sydney Brady, coming in sixth overall at 232:49.33.
Waimea High School, led by Lacey Bagain (8th, 23:57.46) and Samantha Bostick (9th, 23:59.80), respectively, finished third with 80 points followed by Island School, led by Carolyn Price (3rd, 21:55.22) at 86 points.
Girls: Mia Takekuma (Kau 21:18.22), Victoria Hennessy (Kap 21:32.25), Carolyn Price (IS 21:55.22), Kelsea Armstrong (Kap 22:56.79), Juliana Tampus (Kap 23:11.12), Sydney Brady (Kau 23:49.33), Kristin Chun (Kau 23:52.57), Lacey Bagain (Wai 23:57.46), Samantha Bostick (Wai 23:59.80), Stacie Schnackenberg (Kau 24:30.83), Heather Faretta (Kap 24:48.12), Kahlil Shockley (Kap 24:51.12), Leila Nelson (Kap 24:52.43), Dillyn Sakai (Kau 25:02.61), Celine Nabaa (IS 25:21.18), Grace Stokes (Kap 25:28.85), Tessa Ramsey (Kap 25:35.48), Emma Thain (IS 25:52.62), Hannah Collins-Doiode (Kap 25:56.26), Mary Jane Uribe (Kap 26:05.02).
Boys: Dodger Middlebrook (Kau 18:19.27), Kane Casillas (Kau 18:31.22), Garret Smith (Kap 18:35.20), Braden Lumabao (Wai 19:24.01), Jacob Herr (Kau 19:36.95), Joshua Graves (IS 19:37.58), Keon Orlando (Kap 20:09.44), John Uribe (Kap 20:15.61), James Pratt (IS 20:29.35), Gabriel Franklin (Kap 20:34.30), Keanu Brown (Kap 20:39.94), Dutch Fairbanks (Kau 20:41.30), Ben Griep (IS 20:49.11), Ian Penner (IS 20:58.50), Rafael Sifuentes (Kap 20:59.51), Micah Asuncion (IS 20:49.11), Alae Miike (IS 21:20.45), Micah Matsunaga (Kau 21:24.90), Eosin Chelius (IS 21:25.56), Kaleo Castaneda (Wai 21:42.68).