MIL strikes gold in state track
By Fred Guman
Living up to expectations is never easy, but a number of MIL athletes rose to the occasion at the state high school track and field championships held over the weekend at Keâ€™eau High School on the Big Island.
The MIL combined to win eight gold medals â€“ six of them claimed by King Kekaulike.Â Leading the way were a pair of Na Alii senior classmates and distance runners.
Bailey Massenburg repeated as champion in both the 800 and 1,500 meters in addition to running a leg on the victorious 1,600 relay team.Â Â Massenburg, who is also a standout in cross country, claimed six state titles over the past two academic years.
Reid Hunter also won the 800 and set a state record in the 1,500 with a time of 4 minutes, 3.98 seconds.
Yet another Na Alii â€“ Jay-Ar Agabay â€“ registered perhaps the biggest upset of the meet when he won the high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 6 inches.Â His previous best was 6-1.
St. Anthonyâ€™s Billy Pacheco took top honors in the pole vault.
St. Louis captured the state boyâ€™s team title by finishing third in the final race of the meet, the 1,600 relay, to edge out ILH rival Punahou.Â Â The Punahou girls won only two individual races but placed in 10 of 16 events to easily win the team title.
VOLLEYBALLL Seabury Hall settled for fourth place in Division-II while Kamehameha-Maui finished sixth in D-I at the stage boyâ€™s volleyball tournament.
GOLF:Â Michelle Wie struggled in the final round, firing a 1-over 73, but still finished in a tie for third place in the Sybase Classic in New Jersey.Â Â Wie was 80under for the tournament, trailing winner Ji Young Oh, a 20-year-old from South Korea, by six strokes.Â Runner-up Suzan Petterson was four back.
UH BASEBALL:Â The University of Hawaii suffered its second lopsided home loss in as many days to lowly regarded Utah Valley in Sundayâ€™s regular-season finale.Â The 10-2 setback came on the heels of a 12-1 loss on Saturday, dropping UHâ€™s record to 31-24 overall going into the WAC tournament that opens Thursday at Les Murakami Stadium. The Wolverines improved to 18-35 for the season.
Thursdayâ€™s first-round matchups:Â Nevada versus regular-season champion San Jose State at 11 a.m., followed by New Mexico State versus defending NCAA champ Fresno State at 3, and UH versus second-seeded Louisiana Tech at 7.