It was meant to be a “fun” midseason track meet when Baldwin High School introduced the Ken Kamakea Memorial Invitational to Maui Interscholastic League nine years ago.
The Kamehameha Relays showcased a blend of talented up-and-coming underclassmen making their marks alongside a handful of gritty seniors prepared to risk guts for glory.
And now for a word about Ava Shipman, Seabury Hall’s answer for the departure of the state’s most formidable running duo in the history of Hawaii track and field.
As expected, the Baldwin High School boys and the Seabury Hall girls ran away with the team titles Saturday in the finals of the 62nd annual Satoki Yamamoto Invitational.
Leahey, who is an ESPN sportscaster, and talk show host on Maui’s ESPN 900 AM, is being honored for his work over the years, which also included time as the former sports director and anchor at KHON2 and sports anchor at KITV.
Maui Sports Conditioning in Kahului will be closing its doors in June 2015.
More than 300 student athletes, representing 12 schools from Kapalua to Kula, earned 270 medals Saturday in the 90th Annual Kiwanis Track and Field Meet.
For the second time in three weeks, Baldwin High School’s Kainoa Tom took an ordinary practice meet and made it relevant by raising the pole-vault crossbar to heights rarely seen in Hawaii.
Maui’s Kanoa Awai-Dickson will pursue an Engineering degree on a rodeo scholarship at Mid-Plains Community College.
Practice makes perfect, and perfect practice makes champions.
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