Track qualifies in seven events at Yamamoto trials

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Photo by Reid Cairme

Senior Jamal Jones comes in first place in one the heats of the boys 100 meter dash at the 2013 Yamamoto Track Invitational Trials on March 22, 2013 at War Memorial Stadium. The Warriors qualified to compete in seven events at the finals on March 23, 2013.

By Reid Cairme, sports editor

The Kamehameha Maui Warriors qualified in seven events at the Yamamoto Track Invitational qualifier at War Memorial Stadium on March 22, 2013.

Maui teams as well as Hawaii Prep and Molokaʻi High joined the competition at the preliminaries.

“Everyone who qualified tonight did well and was focused,” senior runner Jamal Jones said. “It was a good night overall.”

Jones qualified for the boys 100 meter and 200 meter dash. Jones even ran his fastest 200 with a time of 22.79 seconds.

“I had to push myself a little harder tonight,” Jones said. “I needed to be a lot faster. If I rest well tonight and focus tomorrow, then I should do even better tomorrow.”

Seniors Luke Batoon and Billy Ayakawa qualified in the boys 400 meter dash. Batoon also qualified in boys long jump.

Senior Kalaʻi Yap, who has already qualified for the state tournament, qualified in the boys 300 meter hurdles, and senior Raven Poepoe qualified for the girls in the same event.

The Warriors also qualified for the girls 100 meter dash and long jump.

Head Coach Rudy Huber hopes that the Warriors do well during tomorrow’s events.

“We were a little sluggish today,” Coach Huber said. “We need to regroup tomorrow and get competitive.”

He already has an area to focus on tomorrow.

“We need to work on our and starts,” he said.

The qualifying athletes will be competing for medals in the finals tomorrow, March 23, at War Memorial Stadium. Events start at 4 p.m.