Ewaliko named state’s best in track and field

Baldwin High School graduate Keelan Ewaliko was named the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Thursday after winning three gold medals at last month’s state meet.

Ewaliko won the 100- and 200- meter titles and ran on the first-place 400 relay team. The Bears won a second consecutive state team championship.

Ewaliko, a Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor inductee who has accepted a football scholarship from the University of Hawaii, is the Maui Interscholastic League’s third recipient of the award, joining 1999 winner Dana Navarro-Arias and 1995 honoree Robert Kemfort, both former Maui High standouts.

The award “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track.” Ewaliko graduated with a 3.17 grade-point average, and has volunteered in community clean-up efforts and for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.

He is eligible for the national track and field award, which is to be presented later this month.