Students from all over the state traveled to Maui for the 2019 Island Movers Track and Field Championships at War Memorial Stadium from May 3-4.
17 ‘Iolani students raced in the trials with six ‘Iolani students placing in the final competition - Taylor Venenciano ’19 placed seventh in long jump, Taryn Yogi ’19 placed fifth in pole vault, Tyler Udarbe ’19 placed third in 110 meter hurdles and seventh in the 300 meter hurdles, Kahiau Among ’20 placed fourth in 300 meter hurdles, Aya Margraf ’20 placed sixth in the 3000 meter run, Joshua Lerner placed fourth in the 3000 meter run, and girls relay teams 4x100 team placed sixth and 4x400 team placed eighth.
A newcomer to the podium, Taryn Yogi ‘19 said, “When I placed, I felt relieved and accomplished. I’ve been working at this achievement for 6 years and knowing that I finally placed filled me with immense joy.”
Those who did not qualify for the final competition cheered on their teammates. Charles (Wolfgang) Sakamaki ’19 competed in the 3000 meter run, unfortunately he did not place in his race. “I ran my best and cherished the best and last race of my Iolani athletic career. It [the meet] was really intense. My teammates did very well and I was proud of my team.” said Sakamaki.
As the season comes to an end, seniors say goodbye to their teammates and coaches at their last meet of their high school season. Even though most seniors did not place at their final meet running for ‘Iolani, they cherished the time spent with their teammates and the experience they had doing track.