Blazing Under the Scorching Sun
(Photos credited to Adrel Vicente)
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On 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 whipped 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.
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 cross-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.
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: WHS 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 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!!
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