Big Island Track Stars
Excel at Junior Olympics
Big Island continued to shine at the Hawaii Junior Olympic
(JO) Championships held on Oahu in July.
The Sunrise Athletics summer track and field team consisted of athletes
from numerous high and elementary schools in east Hawaii. This year’s Big Island participants
established personal best times and marks from their previous Parks & Recreation
or JO records.
This year, the competition featured a two-day trials and
finals session for the younger age groups. Newcomer Kapana Kanae-Kane surprised
a talented field of sprinters and jumpers from Oahu. Kanae-Kane made finals in all of his
events. In the 100m dash, Kanae-Kane was
third at trials with only 0.1 tenth of a second separating 1 to 3
place. At finals, he posted a time of
15.75 to claim 4 overall. Later
that day, Kanae-Kane faced off the same group of highly competitive sprinters,
and his explosive start helped him claim bronze in the 200meter dash. Kanae-Kane’s third event was the most impressive
with a gigantic leap of 12 feet 3 inches to distance himself by almost two feet
from his closest competitors. Equally
notable was teammate Alika Dedman who came from behind after starting the day
at 6 place during trials in the long jump. After running the fast paced 1500m race, of
which that distance alone can deplete one’s energy, Dedman still had enough
legs to leap past several opponents. His
jump of 10 feet, 3 inches placed him into a silver medalist spot.
Female youngsters that turned in stellar performances were
Phoebe Wyatt and her 4x100 relay team.
Wyatt is making a name for herself at an early age in the middle
distance races. During the first day of
events, Wyatt claimed a bronze medal in the 400m. The next day, having to compete against
competitors much taller than her frame, did not seem to affect her performance. Quick footed Wyatt displayed her combination
of speed and stamina to post an extraordinary time of 3:06 as 9 year old, which
is almost comparable to a decent time posted by a high school athlete.
Wyatt also anchored her team’s 4x100 relay to a gold medal
for their age division, and third overall among male and female teams. Teammate Mikayla DeCosta bolted out from the
start and used the curve to build a strong lead, meanwhile teammates Cassidy
Denault and Akemi Tominaga also put in solid performances to keep things
competitive for their relay team.
In the distances, Magnus Namohala-Roloos (11-12 age
division) shattered his previous P&R meet records by almost 30 seconds in
each of his events. He earned 2 silvers
by posting fabulous times in the 1500m (5:39.10) and 800m (2:47.31) distances. Namohala-Roloos, who still adjusting to this
sport will surely turn heads as he continues this upward trend.
Among high school sprinters, the 2013 BIIF 400m champion and
state medalist from CLA, Kekoa Mundo, faced tough competition from Gosdpeed TC
athlete Justin Main. In the 400m and
200m sprint events, both gentlemen came out of the curve shoulder to shoulder
heading to the finish. In the end Mundo
claimed silver to Main in a tight race that separated them by 0.1 tenth of a
second in both races.
Club teammate from Waiakea High School and the BIIF 1500 and
3000m champion and state medalist, Ian McQuate, continued to show his dominance
in his races. He claimed double gold in
his individual events by distancing his opponents in the 3000m and out
sprinting his closest competitor in the 1500m run.
Other competitors that earned top 3 medals or
fourth to sixth place ribbons in their respective events were the following
athletes: Axl Aricayos, Tyler Clemens-Kailipaka, Tyler Honda, Dyson Sato, Teryn
Tominaga, and Saya Yabe.