A sea of athletes excitedly awaited their turn as they participated in their individual events at this past weekend’s Parks and Recreation Exponent meet on Saturday, January 30. Several hundred athletes represented their respective schools or clubs by participating in divisions based on height, weight, and age.
The little munchkins, pee wee division, started the day with an impressive showing from Waiakea Elementary Royal, Ivy Brook. He claimed two golds and a silver in the softball throw, and the 50m and 70m dashes respectively. Brook’s sprint races did not come easy for he and the next runner were separated by a blink of an eye, with Brooks prevailing at the finish line.
In the boy’s midget division, the foursome comprised of Sunrise Athletics athletes Kederang Ueda (400m, standing triple), Skyler Macomber-Cobile, Aiden Santos (200m dash), and Rahsaan Soberman each placed themselves on the podium in their respective events. In the standing long jump Macomber-Cobile and Soberman jumped over six feet to claim second and third respectively. Macomber-Cobile also sprinted (14.82s) home for gold in the 100m dash, and later claimed another gold with teammates Santos, Ueda, and Jayden Gebin in the 4x100m relay for their division.
Despite strong showings from many athletes, the meet belonged to the young up and coming females that raised the level of competition towards unprecedented measurements and time. Chenoa Frederick of Kamehameha leaped her way up to a height of 4’10’ in the high jump and a length of 35′ 4.75″ in the running triple jump, of which both measurements were considered as state qualifying standards in the high school level.
Another exceptional performance came from Sunrise Athletics athlete Ella Johnson, of whom surprised many in the closing stages of the 1500m race as she was driven to make up ground against a male competitor. Johnson’s time of 5:20.90 shattered the previous record (5:46.99) set by former teammate Sam Marrack, of whom is currently a standout running for Hilo High School. Johnson’s posted time was also a high school state qualifying standard.
Official results will be posted soon on the club’s facebook pages (Sunrise Athletics Running Club or Sunrise Athletics) or the club website (www.leagelineup.com/sunrise-athletics). Results will also be found on the Parks and Recreation online resource. Stay tuned for another thrilling day at the track with the next meet at Kea’au High School on February 20, starting at 9:00am.