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MIL Athletes on the Mainland
MIL athletes making their marks on the Mainland
By RODNEY S. YAP
WAILUKU -- Recent airline woes will not be grounding four Maui Interscholastic League track athletes this weekend as the group plans on attending the 41st Annual Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School in California.
The four MIL athletes who will miss Friday's Meet #4 at the Yamamoto Track & Field Facility are Seabury Hall's Kailea Tracy-Visintainer, Baldwin's Joey Amescua, and King Kekaulike's Jesse Henderson, and Reid Hunter.Arcadia High School will be hosting the invitational meet in three "sessions": (1) the Friday Night Relays and field events; (2) the Saturday daytime "Open" session track and field events and (3) the Saturday night-time "Invitational" session track and field events.
According to Rudy Huber of Runner's Paradise, Tracy-Visintainer will compete in Saturday's Open 400 and the evening's Invitational 200. Amescua is in the Open 400 and Invitational 800; Henderson in the Open 400; and Hunter in the Open 800 and 1,500.
Photo: Mark Miller in San Diego
Huber, who coached sprinters at UC-Irvine last year, said the invitational meet attracts top prep runners from the West region. Participants in the "Invitational session" on Saturday night will receive an embroidered Arcadia Invitational backpack made by Nike, while participants in the "Open" session on Saturday receive a silk-screened Arcadia Invitational gym sack made by Nike.
Large custom-colored Arcadia Invitational medals will be awarded to athletes finishing first to fifth and NikeID wristwatches will also be given to event winners on Saturday.
PRIZE MONEY: Runner's Paradise has solidified its prize-money breakdown for its upcoming 100-Meter Challenge on April 19. Huber announced Wednesday that Hairways in the Maui Mall is putting up the $500 first-prize money. Pukalani Superette donated the $250 second-place prize and Jerome's Ale House is giving $150 for third place.
Huber thanks Eleri Agsalog of Hairways, Myles Nakashima of Pukalani Superette, and Scott Metcalfe of Jerome's Ale House.BLOGGERS: Maui News sportswriter and long-time friend Robert Collias recently reported on this website in his blog called The Bald-headed Truth. Check it out at: http://www.mauinews.com/page/blogs.detail/display/110.html.
MIL ATHLETE UPDATESMILLER TIME: Mark Miller, last year's standout thrower from St. Anthony, had an outstanding meet for Point Loma Nazarene at its Divisional Challenge in San Diego last Saturday.
Miller established PRs in four throwing events. He scored points in three events, beginning with his sixth-place finish in the discus (39.99m). Miller finished seventh in the hammer throw (34.07), eighth in the shot put (10.39m) and also had a personal best of 39.19 in the javelin. Miller is currently No. 2 on his team in both the discus and hammer throw.Miller and Point Loma will be competing at the UCLA Rafter Johnson/JJK Invitational in Westwood this week.
The Point Loma Sea Lions compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), which is made up of 11 Christian Colleges, including Azusa Pacific.
MAPPING MACHIDA: Former Maui High standout Chelsea Machida is now competing for Linfield. At the JD Shotwell Invitational on the campus of University of Puget Sound, Machida placed third in the women's high jump at 4-10 1/2. Two weeks ago, at the Charles Bowles Spring Break Classic in Salem, Ore., Machida finished second in 5-1 1/4. Willamette's Brooke Smith won the event at 5-3 1/4.
According to Maui High head coach Odell Marinia, Chelsea's parents and kid sister, Ceyenne, attended the Spring Break Classic. Her father, Keith, is a former NAIA All-American tight end who recently was inducted into the Wildcats' Hall of Fame.
Last month at a home meet in Annapolis Md., Lusk ran 18.17 in the 100-meter highs and had a long jump of 4.71 meters. In two weeks the team competes at the Penn Relays, which is followed by the Patriot Division Championships, May 2-3.http://navysports.cstv.com/sports/w-track/mtt/lusk_juneann00.html
PUAA POWER: William Puaa, the 2006 state pole vault champion from Maui High, is a sophomore on the Oregon men's track team. The Ducks have a 70-member roster and Puaa is one of four decathlon returnees in 2008.
Also owns potential to compete in various jumps events during regular season. Was one of three decathletes that joined UO as freshmen in 2006-07. As a prep, was a Hawai’i state champion in the pole vault and qualifier in the long jump and triple jump.
In 2007, Puua was ranked second among freshmen in the decathlon (5,443) at the Jim Click Shootout, Tucson, Ariz. Puaa had first day (2,975) best of 11.38 in the 100; 20-11 1/4 in the long jump; 32-0 3/4 in the shot put; 5-3 3/4 in the high jump; ), 53.69 in the 400; Second day (2,468), 16.47 in the 110 hurdles; 87-2 in the discus; ); 11-3 3/4 in the pole vault; 103-1 in the Javelin; and 5:08.33 in the 1,500.http://www.directathletics.com/athletes/track/1249355.html
WHAT'S DOLE DOING?: Tiara Dole, a sophomore at Pepperdine and former state champion long jumper from St. Anthony, is not listed on the Waves' track roster this year.Last year, Dole was clocked in 13.26 and 28.26, in the 100 and 200 respectively, at the USF Track & Field Invitational in South Florida.
FERGUSON FUSS: Former Seabury Hall state champion Tiare Ferguson, without question the most decorated distance runner from the MIL, is now a senior at Duke University. While she remains on the team's roster, her last official race was a second-place finish in the 1,500 at the Wake Forest Open two years ago. She was timed in 4:34.68. In addition, she qualified for the NCAA Regionals with a personal best of 16:29.52 for the 5,000 at the Stanford Invitational.
Ferguson, a seven-time Hawaii state champion who swept the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 in 2004, did not compete in 2007. As a freshman at Duke, Ferguson earned ACC Cross Country Freshman of the Year honors after finishing eighth at the ACC Championships.
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