Sunrise Athletics Participates at FootLocker X-Country
On December 5, Sunrise Athletics members from various schools were chosen to participate in the Foot Locker West Regional X-Country Championships in California. Members Axl Aricayos, Kai Garson-Shumway, Jodi Go, Adrian Larkspur, Slater Inouye, Louie Ondo, Joshua Quero-Ondo, Kaylee Rapoza, and Saya Yabe participated in either the All-West grade level divisions or the seeded races, which featured over 3,000 of the top athletes in the western United States. All harriers represented the Big Island with fashion as they traversed along the 3.1mile Mt. San Antonio College course that featured three challenging hills comparable to trails that one would find at Volcano National Park.
UH-Hilo harrier Kaylee Rapoza started the morning in the Open race, clocking in at a great time of 24:30. Adrian Larkspur followed in the All-West Frehman race by bolting out with the competition and fearlessly tackling the switch back hills. Larkspur ended with a personal best time (18:27) for the difficult course, and a 36th place medal out of over 200 participants to rank him among the best in the west freshman. The Junior and Senior 5K races were well represented by Go, Inouye, and Quero-Ondo, with each clocking in at 23:05, 18:47, and 21:07 respectively.
The seeded race highlighted the cream of the crop harriers that would eventually compete in competitive division I and II collegiate programs, or move on into the professional realm. Ondo the state cross-country runner-up, Aricayos, Garson-Shumway, and Yabe each had that opportunity to compete among that elite group, and posted the following competitive times respectively: 17:04, 18:29, 19:24, and 21:12. Along with other runners across the state, Big Island was well represented!