Kamakea meet gives glimpse of what championships could offer
WAILUKU – Several things became apparent for the Maui Interscholastic League in Thursday night’s Kamakea Memorial Invitational at Yamamoto Track & Field Facility.
Among the big eye-openers:
* The state contending Seabury Hall girls team has more than eight-time state champion Dakota Grossman to lead the way in the MIL championship meet, set for next weekend, and the state meet next month.
Alyssa Bettendorf won the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and the long jump, to be named the outstanding girls field athlete of the meet, and matched Grossman with three meet records.
Bettendorf finished the 100 in 12.16 seconds with a strong wind behind her. The state meet record is 12.25 by Baldwin’s June Anne Lusk in 2007. Bettendorf’s 24.49 in the 200 is a state best so far this season.
“It did surprise me,” said Bettendorf, who has signed to run next year at Northern Colorado.
“I really wanted to run faster than the record for this meet (12.3 by Kristine Felix in 2012), but I never thought 12.1. I just tried to push as hard as I could.”
* The pole vault tradition at St. Anthony is in good hands with Chris Rickard’s strong bloodlines. He is coached by his uncle Allen Duarte, a former state champion. Allen’s father and Rickard’s grandfather, Tommy Duarte, was St. Anthony’s first state pole vault champion.
“I’m doing OK, there’s always stuff I could have done better,” Rickard said after winning with a height of 13 feet, 6 inches – a half-foot shorter than he went last week on Oahu at the Kamehameha Relays. “I’m feeling pretty good about it. I’m trying to carry things on, a little bit, in a way.”
* A rivalry is brewing in the boys 110 hurdles. Lahainaluna’s Emerson Liburd ran 15.08 to beat Baldwin’s Anthony Kahoohanohano-Davis by 0.01 one week after Kahoohanohano got the better finish at the Kamehameha Relays.
Kahoohanohano-Davis was named the boys outstanding field athlete for the meet, while Liburd was named outstanding boys track athlete.
“It’s been back and forth between me and (Kahoohanohano-Davis) all season,” Liburd said. “It is just who has been on that day. We both really train hard and he pushes me.”
Liburd won the 200 hurdles and Kahoohanohano-Davis went a state-best 22-4 1/2 to win the long jump.
“Me and Emerson, we push each other a lot,” Kahoohanohano-Davis said. “He is a good person to race against. I look for that adrenaline to try and beat that person.”
* Chase Iwata-Bartelme is doing all he can before he graduates from King Kekau-like in a little over a month.
The two-time MIL Division I Basketball Player of the Year is a key reserve for the league-leading boys volleyball team and he went a state-best 44-2 1/2 in the triple jump Thursday. His lifetime best in the event before Thursday was less than 42 feet.
Iwata-Bartelme will miss the MIL championship meet to be at a basketball recruiting stop in Kentucky.
“I’m having a blast,” he said. “It’s fun being on a team where we have no worries like volleyball and track is cool, too. I go to track practice before volleyball and watching those guys work, they really deserve where they are going right now.”
* Robert Collias is at email@example.com