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 Panaewa 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. 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 also 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.