Clear skies, minimal wind and Kamehameha Schools’ well-kept track created an amazing setting for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Varsity Track and Field Championships last Saturday, April 20. Top ‘Iolani runners, jumpers and throwers who qualified to compete during the Varsity Championship Trials on April 18 showed out in hopes of earning respect or making states by the end of the event.
‘Iolani took two top finishes with Cameron Ann Nagaji ’21 and Kahiau Among ’20 placing first in girls triple jump and girls 100 meter hurdles respectively. ‘Iolani also placed in ten other events—Taryn Yogi ’19 third in pole vault, Kahiau Among ’20 second in girls 300 meter hurdles, Tyler Udarbe ’19 third in 110 meter hurdles and third in 300 meter hurdles, Michael Shiinoki ’21 third in 1500 meter run and third in 3000 meter run, Joshua Lerner ’21 second in 3000 meter run, and ‘Iolani relay teams second for girls 4x100 meter relay, third for boys 4x100 meter relay, third for girls 4x400 meter relay and third for boys 4x400 meter relay.
To some, this meet was another chance to practice, but for everyone else, this was one of their last chances to qualify for states. Sprinter Mia Anzelone ’20 said, “Everyone was very supportive before and after the race even though I came in last place. Everytime I’d pass the ‘Iolani tent, when I ran, everyone would cheer me on.”
April 26 is the last meet for athletes to qualify for the Hawai‘i High School Athletics Association Varsity Track and Field Championships. These State Championships will be held on Maui this year from May 2-4.