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2015 Junior Olympics State Championship Meet
Golden Moments for Sunrise Athletics at the State Junior Olympics Championship Meet
Sunrise Athletics Track and Running Club continued to make a strong impression at the highly competitive youth Junior Olympics State Championship held on July 10-11. Oahu clubs, consisted of gifted Oahu and Mainland athletes that have running engrained as a daily routine, had provided the Big Island athletes the competition needed to raise that bar and set personal best records.
Many athletes returned home with top-three medals or earned ribbons that placed them in the remaining top eight spots in the state for individual or relay events. In addition, the following six athletes earned the status of JO State Champions by placing first in their respective events and age group: Rylie Cabalse, Steven Chung, Taarini Godbole, Kapan Kanae-Kane, Louie Ondo, and Saya Yabe.
The youngest club competitor to make finals was six year-old Shane Tominaga, who placed eighth overall against elite sprinters that would shock any runner with the times posted by that age group.
Among the youngest middle distance runners, Taarini Godbole and Jayden Gebin exemplified the true meaning of dynamite comes in small packages. They may be tiny in size, but are large in determination of which propelled Godbole to claiming two gold and Gebin to two silver medals in the quick-paced 1500m and 800m events.
The 11-12 year old age group featured a strong group of young middle distance runners that shattered their personal best times. In the girls 1500m race, Kacie Tagawa made up ground to surpass an opponent for a bronze medal, and teammate Teryn Tominaga finished in at 6th place. In the boy’s race, a Godspeed athlete ran away from the field; however, Sunrise Athletics’ Kederang Ueda distanced himself as well to claim an uncontested silver medal. Meanwhile, teammate Glen Gebin stayed close and claimed a hard earned bronze. Later that evening, Ueda had an equally strong performance in the 800m race to claim his second silver medal at the state meet.
In the sprint and jump events, Kapana Kanae-Kane proved himself to be a dominant competitor. Kanae-Kane set a personal record from his Parks and Recreation (P&R) season results by more than a foot, and soared in at 14feet 6.25inches to claim gold. The quick-footed Kanae-Kane also tore up the track and earned a silver medal in the 100m dash.
Other notable performances among the younger female harriers came from the 4x100m sprint relay team, which consisted of Anela Hopkins, Cassidy Denault, Akemi Tominaga, and Devin Buttz, that put forth solid passing and sprinted home to claim silver.
In the 13-14 age group, the dynamic duo of Steven Chung and Adrian Larkspur continued to dominate the distance races as they did during their P&R seasons. Chung and Larkspur claimed gold and silver respectively in the 3000m race, and set times that would place them on a competitive high school roster. The following day of competition, Chung returned in the 1500m race to display his speed and stamina and claimed his second gold medal. Thus, with the help of his competitors Chung set another personal best time in breaking the five-minute mark.
Despite their extended season, the following high school standouts continued to shine in their respective events: BIIF and State Champion Louie Ondo easily won all three distance races by wide margins and repeated as JO Champion, Rylie Cabalse took home the most medals with three bronze and one gold for his races and jumping events, Saya Yabe claimed one gold in the 800m, Jodi Go pocketed a silver and bronze in the longer distance races, and Slater Inouye earned a bronze medal in the 3000m.
Overall, Sunrise Athletics athletes strongly represented the Big Island at the State Junior Olympics Championship Meet!
Below are the finals day meet results of the Junior Olympics -Hawaii Club Championships. More info may be found on the club website (www.leaguelineup.com/sunrise-athletics).
* Devin Buttz (Age 11-12) = Long Jump <10’ 0.50”> – 7th
Sunrise Athletics Represents at 2014 Hawaii Junior Olympics Championships
The Hawaii Junior Olympics Track and Field Championship Meet featured twenty-eight East Hawaii athletes from various schools continue to make their presence known at the championship meet on Oahu in July. The two-day competition showcased many of Oahu’s fastest club athletes going head-to-head with our Big Island athletes. Mikayla DeCosta, a strong sprinter possessing an explosive start and an aggressive finish, started her day with a personal best performance in the 100m dash by placing 4th and just missing bronze by 0.03 of a second. In the 200m event, she made sure to stay on her toes, and this time claimed bronze by being 0.06 of a second ahead of her opponent. She also earned another bronze in the very competitive 4x100m relay, which included teammates Akemi and Teryn Tominaga, and Phoebe Wyatt.
In the middle distances, club teammates Wyatt and Ella Johnson, claimed top three honors in the 1500m and 800m races in their respective age groups. Both harriers, having talent beyond their age, posted personal best times that would put them on the roster of a varsity high school squad. Wyatt claimed silver in the quick –paced 800m race, while Johnson claimed a hard-earned bronze. In the 1500m race, both girls were challenged by strong rivals that fueled them to earning silver medals in their respective age groups. Their equally-talented male counterparts, Tobias Johnson and teammate Jayden Gebin, competed in their first competitive 800m race. Both athletes stayed with the pack and at the final stages of the race Johnson pulled away and claimed bronze for his age group, while Gebin came within two seconds behind his teammate and finished 5th overall.
Among the club’s high school runners, Louie Ondo, the current 1500m and 800m BIIF champion and record holder continued his winning ways. As is his style, Louie quickly took off like a jack rabbit being chased by a pack of wolves, and never looked back. He won both races by comfortable margins.
Meanwhile in the longest race of the day featured recent graduate Ian McQuate, the BIIF Cross-Country Champion and All-State Track and Field medalist, participating in his final Hawaii Junior Olympics Championship winning the 5000m race to go along with the five golds he had won over the previous two years. Fellow teammate and all-state 3000m finalist, Dyson Sato ended his Junior Olympics career by winning gold and silver in the 3000m and 1500m respectively for his age group.
Finally, not to be underestimated by his size and age, youngest competitor Shane Tominaga claimed gold in the long jump by leaping to a length of 5 feet 1.75 inches and earned a 6th place ribbon in the 200m dash.
Other competitors claiming top 3 medals, 4th – 6th place ribbons, or the top 8 final spots in their respective events for their age divisions were as follows: Tyler Clemons-Kailipaka, Violet Hart, John Marrack, Steven Chung, Saya Yabe, Slater Inouye, Rylie and JoryAnne Cabalse, Alika Dedman, Deylan Okinaka, Glen Gibins, Benjamin Wyatt, Rachel Ignacio, Koa Tominaga, Jenna Lapinta, and Makena Denault.
Overall, all athletes represented Sunrise Athletics and the Big Island very well at the Hawaii Junior Olympics Championships!
2014 Hawaii Junior Olympics Track and Field Championship Results:
100M Dash Age Group Divisions:
· Red Boys -8th Shane Tominaga 21.28
· Purple Boys -14th Benjamin Wyatt 19.00
· Green Girls -4th Mikayla DeCosta 15.49
-23rd Makena Denault21.14
· Green Boys -18th Kelson Tominaga 18.03
· Blue Girls - 8th JoryAnne Cabalse 14.60 Trials/ 14.82 Finals
· Blue Boys - 7th Tyler Clemons-Kailipaka 12.72 Trials/ 13.16 Finals
· Orange Girls – 13th Jenna Lapinta 16.70
1500M Run Age Group Divisions:
· Green Girls – Phoebe Wyatt 5:51.57
· Yellow Girls – Ella Johnson 6:16.08
-Violet Hart 6:35.75
· Yellow Boys – John Marrack 5:45.54
· Blue Boys – Steven Chung 5:25.13
· Orange Girls – Saya Yabe 5:54.69
· Orange Boys – Louie Ondo 4:30.53
-Slater Inouye 4:47.67
-Rylie Cabalse 5:32.6
· White Men – Dyson Sato 4:59.74
4x100M Sprint Relay Age Group Divisions:
· Green Girls – Sunrise Athletics 1:08.62
o M. DeCosta, T. and A. Tominaga, P. Wyatt
· Yellow Boys – Sunrise Athletics 1:02.94
o J. Marrack, G. Gebin, D. Okinaka, A. Dedman
400M Sprint Age Group Divisions:
· Green Boys – 5th Jayden Gebin 1:21.81 Trials/ 1:23.52 Finals
-6th Tobias Johnson 1:22.06 Trials/ 1:23.93 Finals
· Yellow Girls – 19th Cassidy Denault 1:29.37
· Blue Girls – 8th Rachel Ignacio 1:16.51
800m Run Age Group Divisions:
· Green Girls – 2nd Phoebe Wyatt 2:56.80
· Green Boys – 3rd Tobias Johnson 3:14.48
-5th Jayden Gebin 3:17. 26
· Yellow Girls – 3rd Ella Johnson 3:04.25
-6th Violet Hart 3:35.00
· Yellow Boys – 6th Deylan Okinaka 3:09.00
-7th John Marrack 3:10.48
-8th Alika Dedman 3:10.87
-9th Glen Gebin 3:11.29
· Blue Boys – 5th Steven Chung 2:42.35
· Orange Boys – 1st Louie Ondo 2:07.92
-4th Rylie Cabalse 2:40.3
200M Sprint Age Group Divisions:
· Red Boys – 6th Shane Tominaga 46.84
· Purple Boys – 11th Benjamin Wyatt 42.20
· Green Girls – 3rd Mikayla DeCosta 34.38 Trials/ 33.28 Finals
-11th Akemi Tominaga 37.50
-17th Teryn Tominaga 41.63
· Green Boys – 19th Kelson Tominaga 40.45
· Yellow Girls – 20th Cassidy Denault 37.76
· Blue Girls – 8th JoryAnne Cabalse 30.80 Trials/ 30.71 Finals
-10th Rachel Ignacio 31.04
· Blue Boys – 8th Tyler Clemons-Kailipaka 27.80 Trials/ 27.61 Finals
· Orange Girls – 13th Jenna Lapinta 36.06
3000m Run Age Group Divisions:
· Orange Girls – 1st Saya Yabe 13:05.28
· Orange Boys – 2nd Slater Inouye 10:24.42
· White Men – 1st Dyson Sato 10:46.36
5000M Run Age Group Division:
· White Men – 1st Ian McQuate 16:48.1
Long Jump Age Group Divisions:
· Red Boys – 1st Shane Tominaga 5ft 1.75in
· Purple Boys – 4th Benjamin Wyatt 6ft 8.75in
· Green Girls – 6th Teryn Tominaga 7ft 2.50in
-7th Akemi Tominaga 6ft 11.50in
-8th Makena Denault 6ft 1.50in
· Green Boys – 5th Jayden Gebin 8ft 0.50in
-7th Tobias Johnson 7ft 6.75in
-8th Kelson Tominaga 5ft 7.50in
· Yellow Girls – 4th Violet Hart 11ft 5.50in
-9th Cassidy Denault 9ft 8.25in
-11th Ella Johnson 8ft 1.75in
· Yellow Boys – 7th Glen Gebin 11ft 1.75in
-9th Alika Dedman 10ft 9.75in
-11th Deylan Okinaka 10ft 6.00in
· Blue Girls – 5th Rachel Ignacio 12ft 0.00in
· Blue Boys – 6th Tyler Clemons-Kailipaka 14ft 1.50in
· Orange Girls – 4th Jenna Lapinta 10ft 4.75in
Triple Jump Age Group Divisions:
· Blue Girls – 2nd JoryAnne Cabalse 23ft 4.00in
· Orange Boys – 1st Rylie Cabalse 34ft 0.00in
2013 USA T&F Hawaii- Junior Olympics Championship Participants
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 that attended the prestigious event 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 1st to 3rd place. At finals, he posted a time of 15.75 to claim 4th 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 6th 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 a 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 is 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/ 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.
2103 Junior Olympic Particpants Results
100 Meter Dash Purple/Red Girls (Age 8 and Under)
· 13th Denault, Makena - Sunrise Athl 21.29
100 Meter Dash Green Girls (Age 9-10)
· 7th Decosta, Mikayla - Sunrise Athl 16.96 Finals/ 16.70 Trials
· 13th Tominaga, Teryn - Sunrise Athl 20.22
100 Meter Dash Green Boys (Age 9-10)
· 4th Kanae-Kane, Kapana - Sunrise Athl 15.75 Finals/ 15.53 Trials
100 Meter Dash Blue Boys (Age 13-14)
· 6th Clemons-Kailipaka, Tyler - Sunrise Athl 13.28
1500 Meter Run Green Boys (Age 9-10)
· 5th Dedman, Alika - Sunrise Athl 7:15.30
1500 Meter Run Yellow Boys (Age 11-12)
· 2nd Namohala-Roloos, Magnus - Sunrise Athl 5:39.10
1500 Meter Run Blue Girls (Age 13-14)
· 5th Yabe, Saya - Sunrise Athl 6:04.00
1500 Meter Run Orange Boys (Age 15-16)
· 2nd Aricayos, Axl - Sunrise Athl 4:58.00
1500 Meter Run White Men (Age 17-18)
· 1st McQuate, Ian - Sunrise Athl 4:29.14
· 3rd Sato, Dyson - Sunrise Athl 4:50.6
· 4th Honda, Tyler - Sunrise Athl 5:22.04
4x100 Meter Relay Green Girls (Age 9-10)
· 1st Sunrise Athletics - 1:13.4h
400 Meter Dash Green Girls (Age 9-10)
· 3rd Wyatt, Phoebe - Sunrise Athl 1:19.27
400 Meter Dash White Men (Age 17-18)
· 2nd Mundo, Kekoa - Sunrise Athl 52.07
800 Meter Run Green Girls (Age 9-10)
· 2nd Wyatt, Phoebe - Sunrise Athl 3:06.61
800 Meter Run Green Boys (Age 9-10)
· 4th Dedman, Alika - Sunrise Athl 3:21.63
800 Meter Run Yellow Girls (Age 11-12)
· 10th Hart, Violet - Sunrise Athl 3:20.70
800 Meter Run Yellow Boys (Ages 11-12)
· 2nd Namohala-Roloos, Magnus - Sunrise Athl 2:47.31
800 Meter Run Blue Girls (Age 13-14)
· 5th Yabe, Saya - Sunrise Athl 2:53.48
800 Meter Run White Men (Age 17-18)
· 4th Honda, Tyler - Sunrise Athl 2:26.07
200 Meter Dash Green Girls (Age 9-10)
· 9th Tominaga, Akemi - Sunrise Athl 40.43
· 10th Denault, Cassidy - Sunrise Athl 42.59
200 Meter Dash Green Boys (Age 9-10)
· 3rd Kanae-Kane, Kapana - Sunrise Athl 32.00 Finals/ 34.05 Trials
200 Meter Dash Blue Boys (Age 13-14)
· 5th Clemons-Kailipaka, Tyler - Sunrise Athl 28.12
200 Meter Dash White Men (Age 17-18)
· 2nd Mundo, Kekoa - Sunrise Athl 23.3
3000 Meter Run Orange Boys (Age 15-16)
· 2nd Aricayos, Axl - Sunrise Athl 10:33.62
3000 Meter Run White Men (Age 17-18)
· 1st McQuate, Ian - Sunrise Athl 9:41.43
· 3rd Sato, Dyson - Sunrise Athl 10:15.74
4x400 Meter Relay Green Girls (Age 9-10)
· 2nd Sunrise Athletics - 7:09.4h
4x400 Meter Relay White Men (Age 17-18)
· 1st Sunrise Athletics 3:55.4h
Long Jump Purple/Red Girls (Age 8 and under)
· 7th Denault, Makena - Sunrise Athl 4-10.25
Long Jump Green Girls (Age 9-10)
· 6th Tominaga, Teryn - Sunrise Athl 7-06.5
Long Jump Green Boys (Age 9-10)
· 1st Kanae-Kane, Kapana - Sunrise Athl 12-03.00
· 2nd Dedman, Alika - Sunrise Athl 10-03.25
Long Jump Yellow Girls (Age 11-12)
· 11th Hart, Violet - Sunrise Athl 8-10.75
Long Jump Blue Boys (Age 13-14)
· 5th Clemons-Kailipaka, Tyler - Sunrise Athl 13-06.50
USA Track & Field Junior Olympics in July 2012- Oahu
Sunrise Athletics Track & Field Club participated at the Junior Olympics Association Championship Meet in July and earned 23 medals and 10 ribbons. Coaches MJ and Lance Tominaga, Lory Hunter, Cassie Morigaki, Cameron Nance, Tyler Kubojiri, and Lourence Tolentino were very proud.
The state’s top athletes continued their dominance. Carmen Garson-Shumway battled Oahu’s Eli Brady in the 1500m to run a blistering time of 5:03.42 to claim second overall. In the 800m, Garson-Shumway displayed her speed to outkick her opponent on the final straightaway in a winning time of 2:25.51.
Ian McQuate and Jackson Halford also ran in the highly competitive 1500m run, with only one second separating second to fourth place, with Halford claiming 2nd and McQuate crossing in at 4th . Later, McQuate easily claimed the title in the 3000m, while running uncontested.
Sprinter Colton Austria displayed strong performances earning 2 silvers, with at time of 11.65 and 55.16 seconds in the 100m and 400m races respectively.
Youngsters, Tyler Clemens-Kailipaka, Teryn Tominaga, Tobi and Ella Johnson earned recognition in their respective events. Clemens-Kailipaka dominated the deep field of swift runners by claiming silver in the 100m dash and turning on the jets for a gold medal in the 200m sprint.
2012 S-Athletics Summer Program Participants
JUNIOR OLYMPICS – HAWAII ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
NOTE: Top 3 athletes received medals, and 4th – 6th received ribbons.
(**) Indicate that athlete is the 2012 JO Champion in their respective event and age division, with Sub-Bantam being the youngest up to the Young Men as the eldest.