LIHUE — Seven Kauai Interscholastic Federation track and field athletes plowed through the wind and rain to make state qualifying standards, Thursday as the KIF hosted its second qualifying meet at Vidinha Stadium.
Joshua Graves of the Island School squad was the sole male qualifier, making his mark in the 800-meter run where he stopped the clocks at 2 minutes, 3.11 seconds, beating the state cut by nearly four seconds.
Kauai High School freshman Kaleonahe Bukoski led the girls in qualifying, making two state standards — one in the high jump at 4-08, and the other in the long jump at 16-03.00.
Elisha Sanchez from the Kapaa High School team finished second in the long jump event, but made the cut at 15-08.50.
Kauai High School’s Mia Takekuma topped the 100-meter dash on a 12.99 run, handily making the state cut that was posted at 13.04.
Jayden DeSouza of Island School finished the individual state qualifying runs with a 2:29.52 run in the 800-meter run for first place among 12 contenders. The top run beat out the state standard set at 2:32.64.
Rounding out the qualifying, the Kauai High School girls 4 x 100 meter relay team stopped the clocks at 52.74 to beat the state standard of 53.14 in the event.
More qualifying runs take place Thursday as the KIF hosts its third qualifying meet at Vidinha Stadium. The first events get underway starting at 4 p.m.
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