JV track & field sprints to season finish

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Photo by Landon Ballesteros

Freshman Rayne Poepoe runs to switch off with Freshman Covy Cremer in the boys’ 4×100 relay at the JV Track & Field championships on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the War Memorial Stadium.

The Kamehameha Schools Maui junior varsity Track & Field athletes came in first in five of the events at the MIL junior varsity track & field championships on Friday, April 19, 201,3 at War Memorial Stadium.

The meet showed the potential of some of the athletes to earn places at the state tournament when they compete in the varsity meet next weekend.

“I think they did great,” Coach Matt Linder said. “They did a lot of improvement the last couple months. Their form’s come a long way, their drills are a lot better, their times have dropped a lot . . .. They’re just going to keep getting better.”

The athletes completed each event in rapid succession, with the results announced at steady intervals. The Warriors cheered as their athletes were called forward as winners in the top three.

Sophomore Micah Ing won the long jump with 19 feet, 3 and 3/4 inches. He also placed third in the high jump.

In the 1500 meter dash, sophomore Keoni Frampton won with a time of 4:42.38. Freshman Ikaika Renaud also placed third in the event.

The boys team placed second in the 4 x 100 meter relay with a time of 47.34 seconds.

Sophomore Jonah Logotala got third place in the boys shot put with a throw of 37 feet and 10.5 inches. Fellow sophomore Kelia Nesmith placed third in the girls shot put with 28 feet and 3 inches.

The most intense run of the night was the boys 300 meter hurdles. Sophomore Jesse Amaral took an early lead in the hurdles. The crowd was screaming for an imminent win, but Amaral stumbled over the last hurdle, narrowly finishing in four place.

“He was running a great race,” Linder said. “It was really unfortunate that it happened, but he showed a lot of heart by picking himself up and getting himself to cross that line.”

Though the crowd of supporters was small, they were pumped up to support the runners in the last few events.

In the boys 1500 meter run, Frampton won first place in the event with a time of 2:11.64, beating the second place time by nearly five seconds. Renaud came in third with a time of 2:18.54.

In the boys 3000 meter run, Renaud won first with a time of 10:57.14.

The 4×400 meter relay team was composed of freshmen Covy Cremer and Maikaʻike English and sophomores Frampton and Amaral. Cremer took off and opened a distant lead over the other teams. After that, each of the other runners confidently ran their 400 meters without any of the trailing teams closing in on them. Their first place time was 3:50.81.

“Jesse will probably go onto MIL’s and state,” Coach Linder said. “Keoni’s in consideration, so we have a few guys here who will go onto MIL’s and state, but for the rest of them this is the end of the season.”

The varsity Track & Field final trials will take place at War Memorial Stadium at 4:00 p.m on Friday, April 26. The finals take place at the same time and place on Saturday, April 27.