Blazing Under the Scorching Sun

Blazing Under the Scorching Sun

(Photos credited to Adrel Vicente)

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IMG_0531On March 5, Waiakea High School held its third annual student-driven fun runs – sponsored by Sunrise Athletics (SA) & King Integration LLC.  The event was co-chaired by Adrian Larkspur and Jazmine Early.  About 90 participants attended that day, and despite the scorching sun, runners still managed to blaze through the course under such conditions.

The first race of the day was the 1.5mile race, which commenced with a crowd of youth runners eagerly awaiting the start of the race.  “Ready, set, go” was heard, and all one could see were quick, tiny feet propelling the legs of these young runners as they whippeRush runnersd out of the curve of the track.  A herd of harriers were led by Sunrise Athletics’ Shane Tominaga.  Tominaga, also a Hawaii Rush soccer player, was followed by a trio of fellow soccer club mates in Kalsen Nacis, Connor Gonsalves, and Rogelito Doratt, and each made
a point to stay within striking distance of one another. Lately, Hawaii Rush, has been at the racing scene in support of organizations with great causes, and as a result has made their presence known.

After the runners made their way out of the stadium to move forward along the course, there was a brief moment of silence.  However, that silence did not last long, Tominaga came sprinting into the stadium and took a commanding lead with a finishing time of 10min and 02secs.  Gonsalves, of whom had also distanced himself from the rest of the field, led the way for the remaining Hawaii Rush athletes and cruised in at second with a time of 10:50.  Following Gonsalves was Edinn Kitagawa (11:17), the winner of this past December’s WHS Keiki Healthy Fun run.  Kitagawa came in third with a time of 11:17 and edged out Rush athlete Rogelito Dorat (11:19).  Rounding out the remaining Rush athletes that put forth top performances and took home division medals that day were the following: Brady Gonzales (12:03) and Kalsen Nacis (12:59).  

Sunrise Athletics was also well represented by Adam Bento (11:39) and Cyrus Bower (12:41), of whom both placed 7th and 9th respectively to make their way into the top ten overall spots.  The lone female to crack the top ten was Sunrise Athletics’ Rani Williams, of whom had never raced this distance before, came in fifth with a fine time of 11:35.

CodyRanfranz[1]The 5k race featured a handful of the Big Island’s elite high school harriers showcasing their talents and featuring what spectators and competitors will expect in this upcoming BIIF track and field season.  At the time that the 5k race began, these tough-minded athletes were not fazed by the heat at all.  Under the blazing sun, BIIF Cross-Country Champion Cody Ranfranz from Konawaena, traversed along the course with ease to cruise into first place with a blazing time of 17:42.  Following Ranfranz’s stellar performance, were a stream of Waiakea High School runners of whom some are Sunrise Athletics Club members as well.  Slater Inouye (18:08), Rylie Cabalse (18:36), Kederang Ueda (20:03), and Deylan Okinaka (20:57), rounded off the top five athletes respectively.  All athletes are standouts for their high school teams, with Sunrise Athletics’ Ueda being the only intermediate athlete to prove that he too can compete among these high school harriers.  Other top performances from male intermediate athletes came from Sunrise Athletics brothers Glen (23:33) and Jayden Gebin (23:50) that came in 11th and 14th overall.  

Among the female harriers, Waiakea’s Saya Yabe (22:27), a BIIF and state medalist for IMG_0332cross-country and track and field, was the only female to break the top ten barrier.  Yabe, like several of the other runners, had prom the night before; therefore, she started the race as a warm-up, but still managed to distance herself from a field of young and up-and-coming female runners.  Fellow Sunrise Athletics teammates, Ella Shapiro (23:44) and Akemi Tominaga (23:59) followed Yabe to claim second and third respectively for the remaining top three overall spots.  Other intermediate females that posted great times were the following: Kacie Tagawa (24:31) and Teryn Tominaga (25:03) of whom came in 16th and 17th overall.

Teachers[2]In closing, Waiakea High School’s Larkspur and Early, Sunrise Athletics, and King Integration LLC extend their mahalo to the following for participating in the fun run: WHSSA-Parents[2] and Waiakea Intermediate staff, SA athletes, WHS athletes, and other community members.  Also, we appreciate the support with donations from the SA familiess and from the following companies for your donations of gift cards and items: Big Island Delights, Big Island Running Company, and KTA.  Finally, events like these would not be possible without the the on-going help and assistance from emcee Eddie Ombac of EddieO[1]Team BioAstin, the SA families and WHS Key Club with event-day processes and course marshaling.

Again, congratulations to all participants that day, and a huge mahalo to ALL!!  We look forward to your participation next year!!


Click on link below for results:

Copy of Registered Participants – 5K1.5mi. – 5k RunWalk Registration

Copy of Registered Participants – 5K1.5mi. – 1.5 mile runwalk Registration

Dominating the Field

Dominating the Field – February 11, 2017 P&R Track Meet

It’s that time again, where eager athletes from various schools and clubs congregated to display their athleticism, spirit, and enthusiasm in the sport of track and field.  On February 11, 2017, Parks and Recreation held its age group meet at Waiakea High School’s Ken Yamase Stadium.  As usual these youngsters amazed their families and themselves with performances that kept spectators at the edge of their seat.

The day started with leaps and launches, and the results showed similar schools or clubs continued to dominate certain events.  Kea’au Middle School, under Coach Randee Arkin, continued to develop strong high jumpers with spectacular leaps.  Kea’au swept the 11-12 year old age division by taking the top three spots for both genders.  Damon Sharp won with a height of 4ft. 6in, followed by teammates John Scanlon and Brandon Burton for the boys.  Keaau’s Martha Derr showcased her leaping abilities by winning with a height of 3ft. 8in., followed by teammates Sealena Lee-Balga and Mailee ‘Cervantes-Bautista, of whom were just one-inch off from Derr’s mark.  All the girls’ high jump marks would have also placed them in the medal standings for the 13-14 year old age group as well.  

Meanwhile in the the throwing events, Pahoa captured the top spots in the 11-12 year old girls division.  The girls showcased their strength and power in the discus and shot put events.  Pahoa’s Kaeley-Kalawe threw the discus as though if it were just a frisbee gliding through the air and landing at a length of 44ft. 4in.  Teammates Jazlyn Rojas and Schiko Kurashima-Schutz also followed to claim second and third respectively.  Kalawe also earned a bronze medal with teammate Nadia Anderson.  The Pahoa girls also dominated with a clean sweep in the shot put event.

In the 6-8 year old division, several athletes made a mark on the track.  Sunrise Athletics’ Shane Tominaga hopped, skipped, and jumped to a whopping 16’ 4” to claim gold in the standing triple jump with his closest competitor over two feet behind.  In the same event, Sunrise teammate Nathaniel Jensen claimed silver with Waiakeawaena’s Chael Aku.  On the other hand, once the races began, the copy-of-img_9280Panaewa boys defined the meaning of speed.  With their quickness from the start, Kingston Frazier, Raycen Kalai, and Charles Rose claimed gold through bronze in the 50m dash. 

Speaking of speed, included with a blend of stamina and mental toughness, Kamehameha teammates Conner Gonzales and Lucas Kay-Wong displayed their versatility in their events for the 9-10 year old age division.  Gonzales and Kay-Wong claimed gold and silver respectively in the 400m dash, which is an event that is sometimes feared by sprinters.lucas_connerjpg  Later that day, the swift-footed Kay-Wong turned on the jets to distance himself from the field in the 200m dash (33.11), and crossed the line for gold.  Meanwhile teammate Gonzales displayed his soccer speed in the 100m sprint (15.26) to claim silver behind Keaukaha’s Jayden Leslie (14.68).  Conner also earned a bronze medal in the softball throw with a length of 112’ 6.5”


In the girls 9-10 age group, Waiakea Elementary took control of the sprinting events by placing athletes in every event from the 50m dash to the 400m sprint. Shyleen Dela Cruz led the way by claiming gold in the 50m dash (8.12), followed by teammate Jhayda Turner taking first by a blink of an eye with a time of 15.74 compared to a 15.75 over St. Joseph’s Michaela Costales in the 100m dash.  Moving on to the 200m dash, a talented group of Waiakea Elementary athletes sprinted for a clean sweep led by Ava Herr, Kaitlyn Miura, and Jordyn Carvalho respectively.  Madison wrapped up the sprinting events with a gold in the 400m dash (1:19.56).

Meanwhile in the 11-12 year old division, Sunrise Athletics girls demonstrated their depth by placing an athlete in every event from the 100m sprint to the 1200m middle-distance races.  Cathryn Krueger claimed silver in the 100m (14.73) dash, while teammates Devin Buttz positioned herself in the mix for the 200m (31.90) for bronze and Rani Williams alsoWP_20170211_15_13_02_Pro.jpg claimed bronze in the 400m (1:14.79) dash.  In the distance races, Sunrise Athletics has had the reputation for developing strong distance runners, and it showed in the 800m with Gabrielle Shapiro and Akemi Tominaga taking the top two spots.  Meanwhile, in the longer race, Phoebe Wyatt, Taarini Godbole, and Teryn Tominaga finished first through third respectively in the 1200m run.


Among the oldest age group, Glen Gebin and Kapana Kanae-Kane capitalized on being older, stronger, and quicker to excel in their events.  Gebin went for gold in the 400m dash (1:01.07) and the long jump (16’ 5”), while teammate Kanae-Kane went three for three with a bronze in the 100m dash and long jump, and a gold in the 200m dash (27.20).

The list of performances for all school and clubs could go on forever.  Regardless, all athletes had great performances in their first P&R meet of the season, and this was accomplished by efforts of the Parks and Recreation and Waiakea High School staff.  It is through their efforts, time, and dedication that Hawaii’s youths are provided with this opportunity in the sport of track and field.  Stay tuned for the results of the final meet of the season that was held on February 25.