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Baldwin boys win first state track title, King Kekaulike second

May 13, 2012 - Robert Collias
When Baldwin High School's Keelan Ewaliko fouled three times on Friday and failed to advance to the final of the long jump at the Island Movers state track and field championships at Keeau High School Stadium on the Big Island, it appeared to be a major blow to the Bears' hopes for their first state title. Things looked even more dire for the Bears' title hopes when Ewaliko finished sixth in the 100.

Ewaliko, in his first season of track, made sure those thoughts wouldn't prevail.

A few moments ago, Ewaliko won the 200 in 22.49 seconds, in a major upset over defending champion and nationally-ranked Devin Jenkins of Kapolei, who lumbered home fifth in 23.07 and appeared to be injured according to reports. Earlier, Jenkins won the 100.

Ewaliko then took over, anchoring the Bears' 400 relay to a state title in 43.10 seconds, 0.05 in front of host Keaau, and winning the 200.

The Bears won the crown with 63 points, while King Kekaulike made it an MIL sweep of the team trophies, beating Punahou by a point for second, 42-41.

Reports had Baldwin "retired" but still-the-man-and-coach Gary Sanches in tears at the track as the title drew nigh.

Baldwin senior Pasoni Tasini capped off one of the most decorated Maui Interscholastic League athletic careers ever with a state title in the discus and a silver medal in the shot put when defending champion Shane Brostek of HPA won that event on the final throw.

Baldwin's Vetekina Malafu and Tyler Feiteira were second in the 110 and 300 hurdles, respectively. Feiteira was third in a 1-2-3 MIL sweep of the pole vault Friday. Mattias Thompson scored a point for sixth in the triple jump, as did Miki Fangatua in the shot put.

King Kekaulike's Michael Teves led the MIL sweep of the pole vault. Excuse us for gloating a little bit, but we had this one pegged from the beginning (read this link and the first one above to see what I'm talking about).

Other state champions included Maui High's Nicola Perez-Garreaud in the boys 3,000, Seabury Hall's Dakota Grossman in the girls 1,500 and 3,000 — the fourth and fifth state crown for the sophomore — and a third straight pole vault crown for Baldwin's Kristine Felix.

Read and see our full coverage from the Big Island in the morning by picking up the paper. Here is a link to our story from freelancer Wayne Joseph with pictures included.


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