Seabury boys can be factor at state meet

WAILUKU – If the Seabury Hall girls track and field team is the current gold standard in the Maui Interscholastic League, the Spartans boys are the unknown quantity.

Seabury has a clear shot at the girls state team title it missed by one point last season, but the boys may make some serious noise at the state meet as well.

“We haven’t scored a point at this school I think in about 20 years at the (boys) state meet,” said Spartans coach Bobby Grossman. “(Maui Interscholastic League)-wise, I don’t know if we are third, fifth, but we have been doing pretty good for us. But if we can pull a third in states I would be pretty happy for a school our size. That is possible.”

Seabury finished third in the team standings at the Victorino Ohana Invitational on a rainy Saturday night at the Yamamoto Track & Field Facility with 65 points, behind Baldwin (170) and Lahainaluna (89).

In the girls competition, the Spartans won with 136 points, 15 better than the Bears.

Seabury’s Daniel Pietsch won the boys 400 meters in 51.47 seconds, Jacob Higa was first in the 800 in 2:02.77 and Nic Colon took the 1,500 in 4:18.74. Pietsch ran track for the first time last year as a junior.

“It was a surprise when I did pretty well last year,” said Pietsch, whose 50.52 from earlier this season leads the state. “For us to be up there at the state meet would be really exciting, to even have a shot at getting a place in state as a team. I don’t think we have ever done that.”

Pietsch was second in the 200, and joined Higa and Colon on the runner-up 1,600 relay team that could include Cayde Omura when he fully recovers from a hamstring pull.

Omura was sixth in the 400 on Saturday. He will add the 200 next week and the 100 soon after – the shorter races are where he excels.

“My hamstring felt fine,” Omura said. “I went out hard in the first 200 and kind of ran out of gas, but the hamstring is definitely getting better. I have been getting a little stronger.”

The Seabury girls help motivate the boys.

“We are all friends and we watch to see how well they do,” Pietsch said. “It makes us want to do better.”

The girls outstanding track athlete of the meet was Seabury’s Dakota Grossman, who won the 800, 1,500 and 3,000. The Spartans’ Christy Fell, who won the triple jump, was second in the long jump and 100 hurdles and took third in the 300 hurdles, was the girls outstanding field athlete.

Baldwin’s Dylan Leigh, who won the 200 and was second in the 100, was named the boys outstanding track athlete. Kamehameha Maui’s Kauanoe Vanderpoel was the outstanding field athlete after winning the shot put and discus.

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