Maui Sports

Recap: Baldwin Wins State Boys Track Championships

May 13, 2012, 10:32 PM HST
* Updated May 13, 11:50 PM
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Coaches and athletes of the Baldwin High School track team pose for a championship group picture at Kea'au High School Saturday. Photo by Ardis Anguay.

By Rodney S. Yap

This time, the Baldwin High School boys track team was not going to be denied.

That’s because this time the Bears had fewer weaknesses and better unity. This time, they ran, jumped, hurdled and threw with a competitive spirit that reflected sound coaching and meticulous preparation.

This time, the blend had both ying and yang, old and new, youth and experience. From the burly veteran Pasoni Tasini to the sometimes awkward rookie Keelan Ewaliko. Baldwin rolled with confidence and pride, focused on the prize — the one that had eluded long-time coach Gary Sanches for three decades.

A state championship would give Sanches one more story to tell. Only this one would be worth repeating, for the way the Bears earned their success Saturday at the finals of the Island Movers State Track and Field Championships.

Kekaulike's Michael Teves wears his gold medal in the pole vault atop the medal stand Saturday at the state track and field championships on the

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Lousy weather and odd conditions were non-factors in the end, much like the competition from the host school and perennial powers from Oahu.

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“We showed up and took care of business,” Sanches said on Sunday. “Sometimes you have to get some lucky breaks, too.”

Saturday, however, was not one of those times as the Bears were among the favorites coming into the two-day meet and had athletes qualified in 12 of 16 events. The 10-member team from Wailuku scored in nine events and returned to the Valley Isle on Sunday with nine individual medals, including two gold and three silver to go with 4×100 relay title that served as the exclamation point.

The team’s 63 points was 21 better than runner-up King Kekaulike, who bested third-place Punahou by one point, 43-42. Kea’au was fourth with 36 points and Mililani fifth with 26 points. Maui High, the only Maui Interscholastic League team with state track titles to its credit (1987 and 1995), placed a respectable seventh in the team standings with 22 points.

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As a league, the MIL had three teams in the top seven and was arguably the strongest, scoring a combined 144.33 points.

Baldwin head coach Ardis Anguay was all smiles after the meet, full of pride, as her team enjoyed the rewards of its hard work and commitment.

“It was a total team effort and we knew we were going to need everybody to do their part if we were going to win,” Anguay said. “The boys really stepped up and made it happen. They were focused. They knew what had to be done and they did it.”

King Kekaulike's Jake Jacobs (black tank) tries to stay with Kealakehe's Luca Walter in the boys 400-meter dash. Jacobs finished second to Walter. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

“Maui made a statement, not just Baldwin,” Sanches said. “All the kids ran tough. It’s not easy to win a medal at state.”

Tasini capped his prep career with the biggest weekend among the MIL boys, scoring a league-high 18 points with a gold-medal effort in the boys discus of 171 feet, 4 inches. It looked like Tasini was going to win a pair of gold medals after setting a new PR of 54-1 in the shot put. The mark was No. 1 until the defending champion in the event, Shane Brostek of Hawaii Prep Academy, unleashed a 55-7.25 on his final throw.

Sanches said Tasini had the right attitude from the beginning of the season.

“He took it very serious this year. He made up his mind and he worked hard.”

The MIL’s other three gold-medal winners were King Kekaulike pole vaulter Michael Teves, who beat Kihei Charter School’s Lucas Zarro in a jump-off at 14-feet; Maui High’s distance ace Nicola Perez-Garreaud in the 3,000, where he posted the year’s best time of 9:14.79; and Ewaliko, who continues to flourish in a sport he only started this year, won the boys 200-meter dash in 22.49. The Baldwin quarterback, who will be at spring football practice on Monday, also anchored the Bears’ winning 4×100 relay.

Maui High's Tau Lotolelei throws the discus at the trials of the state track and field championships. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Ewaliko was joined by Ryne Yokouchi, Vetekina Malafu and Aaron Marzan to record a winning time of 43.10, compared to Kea’au’s 44.15. The Cougars were seeded No. 1 going into the finals, but their baton appeared to slow down in the second exchange zone. By the time Kea’au’s anchor Damien Packer got going Ewaliko’s lead was insurmountable.

“What can you say about Ewaliko. After he fouled all three of his attempts in the long jump on Friday he was down,” Sanches said. “But like I told him, you just have to rise to the occasion in your next event. And then wow, he just made up his mind in the 200 and said, ‘Here I am, I have arrived.’ ”

Jumper Jansen Agapay of King Kekaulike was the MIL’s number two point-getter with 16 as he collected a pair of silver medals in the long (21-3.75) and triple  (44-4.75) jumps.

“I’m extremely proud of him and all of the kids for the way they performed,” said Kekaulike’s second-year jump coach Aris Banaag, who is also the school’s assistant basketball coach and encouraged many of his own players to crossover to track during the off-season. “Everything I asked them to do they put out.”

Baldwin's Vetekina Malafu finished second in the boys 110 high hurdles and and Kamehameha Maui's Connor Yap finished fifth. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Banaag’s recruiting efforts proved formindable in the MIL championships where Na Alii led all schools with 43 points in the three jump disciplines alone.

Kekaulike coach James Alger said the team’s total points and second-place finish caught everyone off-guard as they were walking to the parking lot near the end of the meet.

“Technically we were on our way out,” Alger said. “What a nice surprise that was. We had a couple of kids who were disappointed they didn’t do better. But for two Maui teams to finish 1-2, for the first time, shows the talent has prevailed.

“It was a good ending, after a lot of near misses for our school. We were thrilled to hold the (second place) trophy and take a group picture with Baldwin. That was something.”

The MIL’s best previous finish, collectively, was 1999 when Punahou won with 42 points and Maui High was next with 38, followed by the Shane Victorino-led Trojans of St. Anthony with 37.

Alger is hoping the recent success of the track program will draw more participation next year. Especially when you consider one of the team’s brightest stars, freshman Jake Jacobs, has three more years of eligibility. To the credit of the Kekaulike coaching staff, Jacobs ran with the determination of a veteran sprinter when he crossed the finish line in the 400-meter dash with a PR of 50.02.

Baldwin’s second-leading point-getter was Tyler Feiteira with 14 points, followed by Ewaliko’s 13.5. Feiteira went out hard in the 300 hurdles and finished second in 40.68, plus he placed third in the pole vault on Friday at 13-6.

Kamehameha Maui's Tyler Macarthur (left) hands of the baton in the 4x400 relay to anchor runner Jamal Jones. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

Malafu was the Bears other workhorse and second-place finisher in the 11o high hurdles at 15.53. Kamehameha Maui’s Connor Yap earned fifth-place medals running behind Malafu in the highs (15.91) and Feiteira in the 300s (41.24).

Kamehameha Maui finished fourth in the 4×400 relay with an MIL best 3:27.61. The quartet of Billy Ayakawa, Jordan Nauka, Tyler Macarthur and Jamal Jones dropped two seconds off its previous best time in the finals. Nauka is the lone senior, the others are juniors.

“Give those boys from Kamehameha credit, they ran hard and didn’t give up anything to the other teams. They are going to be tough next year,” the Baldwin coach noted.

“We had a lot of team unity this year, something we didn’t have in the past. We did it the Punahou way, we nickel and dimed. We had a complete team this year, which is what Punahou usually has and they pick up a lot of the 4ths, 5ths and 6th places, and before you know it we have 40 to 50 points.

“But like I told the boys, we’re history now, enjoy it while you can.”

 

 

Baldwin's Pasoni Tasini. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

MIL Boys State Finals Wrap-up

Total Points Scored: 144.33

Individual Qualifiers: 25 / 19 scored points

School (Athletes): Baldwin(10), King Kekaulike (7), Kamehmeha Maui (6), Maui High (5), Lahainaluna (2), Kihei Charter (1), Maui Prep Academy (1).

Individual Medals: 22 (4-1st, 6-2nds, 2-3rds, 2-4ths, 4-5ths, 4-6ths)

Gold Medals: Pole vault, Michael Teves, KK; Discus, Pasoni Tasini, BH; 200, Keelan Ewaliko, BH; 3,000, Nicola Perez-Garreaud, MH.

 

Top 5 MIL Scorers / Performers

1. Pasoni Tasini (BH) 18

2. Jansen Agapay (KK) 16

3. Tyler Feiteira (BH)  14

4. Keelan Ewaliko (BH) 13.5

5. Vetekina Malafu (BH) 10.5

 

Relays

Baldwin (1) 4×100 [Ryne Yokouchi, Vetekina Malafu, Aaron Marzan, Keelan Ewaliko]

Kamehameha Maui (6) 4×100 [Stephen Barut, Connor Yap, Jamal Jones, Jordan Nauka]

Kamehameha Maui (4) 4×400 [Billy Ayakawa, Jordan Nauka, Tyler Macarthur, Jamal Jones]

 

 

BOYS FINAL TEAM SCORES

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1) Baldwin                     63        2) KING KEKAULIKE             42

3) Punahou School Boys         41        4) Kea’au                     36

5) Mililani High School        26        6) Kealakehe                  23

7) Radford High School         22        7) Maui High                  22

9) Waiakea                     16        9) Kamehameha Schools Hawaii  16

11) KS Kapalama Boys            15.33    12) Hawaii Prep                15

13) Farrington High School      14       14) Kapolei High School        13

15) Waipahu High School         11       16) Iolani School Boys         10

16) Kailua High School          10       16) Moanalua High School       10

19) Kamehameha Schools Maui Ca   9       20) Kihei Charter School        8

20) Saint Louis High School      8       20) Honoka’a                    8

20) Chrsitian Academy            8       20) Ka’u                        8

20) Nanakuli High School         8       26) Waianae High School         6

26) Castle High School           6       26) Kaimuki High School         6

26) Mid-Pacific Institute        6       30) Hanalani                    4

31) Kaiser High School           2       32) Damien Memorial             1

32) Kahuku High School           1       32) HILO                        1

35) Maui Preparatory Academy     0.33    35) Campbell High School        0.33

 

Boys 100 Meter Dash

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals   Points

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Finals

1 Devin Jenkins             SR Kapolei                11.05      11.00     10

2 Jeremy Tabuyo             JR St Louis               11.28      11.16      8

3 Kaenen Akau               12 KS – Hawaii            11.16      11.19      6

4 Jonathan Melton           SR Hanalani               11.13      11.192     4

5 Avery Hardie-Jordan       JR Kealakehe              11.14      11.198     2

6 Keelan Ewaliko            JR Baldwin                11.26      11.29      1

7 Damien Packer             12 Kea’au                 11.33      11.30

8 Albert Bee                10 Castle                 11.30      11.49

 

Boys 200 Meter Dash

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals   Points

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Finals

1 Keelan Ewaliko            JR Baldwin                22.7h      22.49     10

2 Avery Hardie-Jordan       JR Kealakehe              22.6h      22.66      8

3 Nick Kwon                 JR Mid-Pacific            22.5h      22.78      6

4 Cilvin Steward            12 Mililani               22.8h      23.04      4

5 Devin Jenkins             SR Kapolei                22.3h      23.07      2

6 Krixtofer Hughley         SR Radford                22.8h      23.23      1

7 Cameron Twiggs            SR Waimea                 23.0h      23.41

8 Jonathan Melton           SR Hanalani               22.3h      23.90

 

Boys 400 Meter Dash

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Luca Walter               SR Kealakehe              50.58      49.78   10

2 Jake Jacobs               FR King Kekaulike         51.40      50.02    8

3 Nathan Cross              12 Mililani               50.54      50.39    6

4 Logan Ne                  JR KS – Kapalama          50.91      50.67    4

5 Alec Dinsmore             FR Punahou                51.57      50.83    2

6 Jason Fowler              SR Kealakehe              51.47      50.89    1

7 Romar Bacosa              SR Radford                51.84      50.91

8 Divon Parker              JR St Louis               51.76      52.54

 

Boys 800 Meter Run

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Nathan Underwood          SR Kailua               2:00.74    1:58.49   10

2 Michael Chin              JR Christian Academy    2:01.91    1:58.90    8

3 Adan Overcash             JR Iolani               2:01.37    1:59.27    6

4 Nikolai Scharer           JR Punahou              2:02.70    1:59.89    4

5 Keegan Gregg              JR King Kekaulike       2:01.01    2:00.10    2

6 Jamal Winston             JR Nanakuli             2:02.53    2:01.57    1

7 Nathan Shirey             SR Kapolei              2:01.81    2:01.72

8 Gary Fanelli              JR Damien               2:01.77    2:02.26

 

Boys 1500 Meter Run

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Nikolai Scharer           JR Punahou              4:26.12    4:10.86   10

2 Chayce Moniz              12 Honoka’a             4:22.15    4:11.16    8

3 Jackson Halford           SR Waiakea              4:22.01    4:11.79    6

4 David Clarke              JR Iolani               4:21.69    4:13.59    4

5 Matthew Baker             SR Radford              4:26.02    4:14.72    2

6 Nathan Shirey             SR Kapolei              4:26.39    4:15.99    1

7 Austin Davis              JR Moanalua             4:26.12    4:20.70

8 James Pearson             JR Baldwin              4:21.99    4:21.96

9 Paven Sinn                12 Mililani             4:25.28    4:22.81

10 Gianni Cuadrado           JR Kapolei              4:22.13    4:23.06

11 Corban Kaikkonen          SO Lahainaluna          4:24.57    4:23.47

12 Jerrod Wolfe              SO Moanalua             4:24.78    4:28.35

 

Boys 3000 Meter Run

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Nicola Perez-Garreaud     SR Maui High            9:22.6h    9:14.79   10

2 Jac Hebert                SO Punahou              9:27.1h    9:15.59    8

3 Rocky Balala              SR Maui High            9:23.0h    9:18.65    6

4 Ian McQuate               SO Waiakea              9:30.3h    9:21.63    4

5 Charles Akiona            JR KS – Kapalama        9:35.0h    9:22.26    2

6 Sebastian Barahal         FR Punahou              9:24.4h    9:22.52    1

7 Jackson Halford           SR Waiakea              9:28.5h    9:25.14

8 Joshua Herr               JR Kauai Boys           9:25.2h    9:25.62

9 Zachary Carvalho          11 Mililani             9:25.7h    9:26.95

10 Davis Kaahanui            SO KS – Kapalama        9:35.2h    9:31.75

11 Troy Esaki                SR Iolani               9:34.7h    9:37.30

12 Austin Davis              JR Moanalua             9:24.9h    9:47.76

Boys 110 Meter Hurdles

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals   Points

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Finals

1 Kevin Acasio              SR Radford                15.30      15.15     10

2 Vetekina Malafu           SR Baldwin                15.58      15.53      8

3 Cliff Eriksson            12 Kea’au                 15.71      15.56      6

4 Collin Pidot              SR KS – Kapalama          16.11      15.85      4

5 Connor Yap                JR KS – Maui              15.82      15.91      2

6 Jayven Mohetau            JR Kahuku                 15.78      15.97      1

7 Aaron Cox                 SR Waipahu                15.81      16.03

8 Brannon Bantolina         JR Campbell               15.92      16.51

 

Boys 300 Meter Hurdles

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Alexander Engdahl         12 Kea’au                 40.71      40.27   10

2 Tyler Feiteira            JR Baldwin                41.93      40.68    8

3 Layne Suyat               12 Castle                 41.06      40.74    6

4 Aaron Cox                 SR Waipahu                41.36      40.93    4

5 Connor Yap                JR KS – Maui              41.76      41.24    2

6 Collin Pidot              SR KS – Kapalama          42.01      41.32    1

7 Michael Morikawa          JR Waiakea                41.40      41.93

8 Griffin Saunders          SO Punahou                42.20      42.03

 

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay

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School                                            Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Baldwin                                             43.71      43.10   10

2 Kea’au                                              43.30      43.15    8

3 Mililani High School                                44.20      43.55    6

4 KS Kapalama Boys                                    43.81      43.61    4

5 Punahou School Boys                                 43.90      43.67    2

6 Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus                      44.12      44.28    1

7 Kealakehe                                           43.99      44.28

— Campbell High School                                44.11  DQ   Rule 5-11-1

 

Boys 4×400 Meter Relay

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School                                            Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Punahou School Boys                               3:29.10    3:23.28   10

2 Radford High School                               3:30.10    3:24.19    8

3 Mililani High School                              3:29.10    3:25.00    6

4 Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus                    3:29.70    3:27.61    4

5 Kealakehe                                         3:29.80    3:27.67    2

6 Damien Memorial                                   3:31.70    3:28.34    1

7 Honoka’a                                          3:32.40    3:31.81

8 Kapolei High School                               3:31.60    3:35.89

 

Boys High Jump

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Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Cliff Eriksson            12 Kea’au               6-02.00    6-02.00   10

2 Richard Ugalde            SR Waipahu              6-02.00    6-00.00    7

2 Gary Shelton              12 Nanakuli             6-00.00    6-00.00    7

4 Vincent Keomoungkhoune    JR Maui High            6-05.00   J6-00.00    4

5 Billy Joe Bonete          SR King Kekaulike       6-01.00   J6-00.00    2

6 Kayson Smith-Bejgrowicz   FR KS – Kapalama        6-02.00    5-10.00    0.33

6 Theron Britt              SR Campbell             6-00.00    5-10.00    0.33

6 Troy Otto                 JR Maui Prep            6-01.00    5-10.00    0.33

9 Claude Sherwood           JR Lahainaluna          5-09.00   J5-10.00

10 Noa Yap                   JR KS – Kapalama        6-02.00   J5-10.00

11 Keoni Yates               SO Kealakehe            5-10.00   J5-10.00

11 Travis Matsuzaki          SR Punahou              6-00.00   J5-10.00

11 Raymon Ledesma            JR Maui High            5-10.00   J5-10.00

Boys Long Jump

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals   Points

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1 Kaenen Akau               12 KS – Hawaii         22-01.75   22-01.75     10

2 Jansen Agapay             JR King Kekaulike      21-03.50   21-03.75      8

3 Michael Morikawa          JR Waiakea             21-03.25   21-03.25      6

4 Lawrence Akana            SR Waianae             20-10.00   20-10.00      4

5 Alika Kaopua              SR Ka’u                20-07.50   20-07.50      2

6 Romar Bacosa              SR Radford             20-06.75   20-06.75      1

7 Alani Uyeno               SR Roosevelt           20-04.50   20-04.50

8 Talon Ota                 11 Kea’au              20-04.25   20-04.25

 

Boys Triple Jump

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals   Points

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Finals

1 Thomas Cheong             JR Moanalua            44-11.25   44-11.25     10

2 Jansen Agapay             JR King Kekaulike      42-10.75   44-04.75      8

3 Alika Kaopua              SR Ka’u                42-07.50   43-10.50      6

4 Luke Brown                SR King Kekaulike      42-06.00   43-08.00      4

5 Lawrence Akana            SR Waianae             43-02.25   43-03.25      2

6 Mattias Thompson          SR Baldwin             41-10.25   41-10.25      1

7 Anthony Pataray           SO St Louis            41-00.25   41-00.25

8 Nathan Cross              12 Mililani            40-11.75   40-11.75

 

Boys Shot Put

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Shane Brostek             SR Hawaii Prep         52-03.00   55-07.25   10

2 Pasoni Tasini             SR Baldwin             54-01.00   54-01.00    8

3 Keanu Foki                SR Farrington          51-03.00   51-09.50    6

4 Isaac Savaiinaea          JR Punahou             51-02.50   51-02.50    4

5 Totauhelotu Lotulelei     SR Maui High           50-08.25   50-08.25    2

6 Miki Fangatua             JR Baldwin             50-06.00   50-06.75    1

7 Reeve Koehler             JR St Louis            50-01.25   50-01.25

8 Keoni Bush-Loo            SR KS – Kapalama       49-04.75   49-04.75

 

Boys Discus Throw

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Name                    Year School               Prelims     Finals  Points

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Finals

1 Pasoni Tasini             SR Baldwin               171-04     171-04   10

2 Keanu Foki                SR Farrington            164-04     164-04    8

3 Siaosi Halaapiapi         SR Kaimuki               161-10     161-10    6

4 Shane Brostek             SR Hawaii Prep           159-09     159-09    4

5 Lopeti Fonokalifi         SR Kaiser                158-01     158-01    2

6 Zack Atagi                12 Hilo                  154-06     154-06    1

7 Totauhelotu Lotulelei     SR Maui High             153-02     153-02

8 Miki Fangatua             JR Baldwin               150-03     153-00

 

Boys Pole Vault

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Name                    Year School                  Seed     Finals  Points

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1 Michael Teves             SR King Kekaulike      14-03.00   14-00.00   10

2 Lucas Zarro               JR Kihei               14-00.00  J14-00.00    8

3 Tyler Feiteira            JR Baldwin             13-06.00   13-06.00    6

4 Collin Nguyen             12 Mililani            13-06.00  J13-06.00    4

5 Nelson Enos               12 Kea’au              13-06.00  J13-06.00    2

6 Kayden Haleakala          SR Hawaii Prep         13-00.00   13-00.00    1

7 Devin Furuta-Harada       JR Roosevelt           13-00.00  J13-00.00

8 Katon Pestano             11 Hilo                13-00.00  J13-00.00

9 Zachary Yanagihara        SR King Kekaulike      12-09.00  J13-00.00

9 Bryson Wong               JR Punahou             13-00.00  J13-00.00

11 Travis Oshiro             JR Roosevelt           11-06.00   12-06.00

11 Trent Park                SR KS – Kapalama       12-06.00   12-06.00

11 Dusty Flores              SO Baldwin             12-09.00   12-06.00

 

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