On March 2, ‘Iolani hosted the first Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Junior Varsity and Varsity Track meet of the 2019 season. After weeks of practicing in the cold weather and rain, a clear sky set the perfect conditions for the first of eight meets that will determine which athletes qualify for states.
The Raiders started out of the gate well, took multiple top-place finishes. Out of 23 schools, ‘Iolani claimed four first-place finishes out of 30 events: Cameryn Ann Nagaji ’21 for Girls Triple Jump, Tyler Udarbe ’19 for Boys 110 Meter Hurdles, Kylie Calabrese-Kenny ’22 for Girls 100 Meter Dash and Joshua Lerner ’21 for Boys 3000 Meter Run. In addition, ‘Iolani secured their places in the top three in 20 events. With such amazing outcomes, 14 ‘Iolani athletes qualified for states after meeting certain marks and times established by the HHSAA, kicking off a great start to the track and field season.
With such a high turnout of quality production, students and coaches alike were more than pleased with the first round of results and are already looking forward to the season ahead. "Everybody has worked so hard leading up to this meet," explained thrower Shannon O'Keefe '20, "and it's just so great to see all of my teammates do so well at the start of the season." Be sure to support the Raiders at their next meet at Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama this upcoming Saturday, March 9 at 1:00 P.M.!