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"Huge" first night for MIL at state track and field champs

May 10, 2014 - Robert Collias
Seabury Hall coach Bobby Grossman told me in a nutshell last night just where his girls team stands on the way to an Oahu Zippy's after qualifying in the Island Movers State Track and Field Championships at Kamehameha Kapalama track.

"We had a huge night," he said.

No doubt about it — and he could have been talking about the entire MIL.

Where to start is the question after a glance at the qualifying marks.

For the Spartans, an unexpected win and 10 large team points from 6-foot-1 sophomore high jumper Amy Ozee, who cleared 5-foot-2 to win. The Spartans followed with qualifying marks from every other potential point scorer as they chase the first girls team track title in MIL history — they look like a solid bet from here.

The Baldwin boys showed they will not surrender their string of two straight state titles without a fight after going 1-2 in the boys pole vault — junior Kainoa Tom beat senior Dusty Flores in the fourth round of a jumpoff after Flores was hurt on what turned out to be his last jump, in the third round. With 18 points in the bank, the young Bears could again be a factor in the team race.

St. Anthony's Christopher Rickard finished fifth in the pole vault final.

Other highlights from prelims:

— Kamehameha Maui's Kauanoe Vanderpoel leads the boys shot put by a foot and a half in an event that carries prelim marks over to the final three throws tonight. He also leads the discus by seven feet in another event that carries over the marks. No MIL boys thrower has ever won both in the state meet.

— Baldwin's Ricky Casco will carry a 3 1/2-inch lead in the final three jumps of the boys long jump and teammate Anthony Kahoohanohano-Davis is set to score, currently standing sixth.

— Baldwin freshman Kailtin Smith leads in the girls long jump, with Seabury's Alyssa Bettendorf third, just 2 1/4 inches behind. Smith also made the 100 hurdles final.

— Seabury's Christy Fell grabbed the last spot in the triple jump final and could move into scoring position. Fell is the first alternate in the 100 hurdles and one scratch would allow her a scoring opportunity there.

— Lahainaluna's Emerson Liburd leads qualifying in the boys 110 hurdles by a whopping 0.15 seconds and Kahoohanohano-Davis was third into the final. Liburd is also third going into the 300 hurdles final.

— King Kekaulike's Jay Braun cruised to the third-best qualifying mark in the 100 and fourth-best in the 200. He also anchored the school's 400 relay to third in qualifying.

— Seabury Hall's Daniel Pietsch is first in the boys 400.

— King Kekaulike's Jake Jacobs did not make the 400 final where he is the defending champion, but he did qualify second in the 800.

— King Kekaulike's Chase Iwata-Bartelme will wrap up his stellar prep career tonight in the triple jump final, where he stands third.

— Bettendorf has the top marks in the 100, is second in the 200 and third in the 400, 0.10 seconds behind Kihei Charter freshman Maya Reynolds.

— Seabury Hall's Dakota Grossman is set to add to her MIL record eight state titles, qualifying easily in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000.

— The Spartans' Kiana Smith made the 800 final.

— Seabury's Ally Smith, no relation to Kiana, will join Grossman in the 1,500 and 3,000 finals. They were 1-2 in the 1,500 qualifying and will be joined in that final by freshman teammate Ava Shipman.

— And finally, in what could clinch the meet for the Seabury Hall girls, they cruised into the 1,600 relay final at 4:02.78, matching their meet record from the MIL championships and qualifying first by two seconds. Grossman, Fell, Kiana Smith and Bettendorf make up that relay. Punahou, the team that beat Seabury Hall by a point last year and by 2 1/3 points in 2011, is qualified second in the final girls event of the night.

Here is a link the full list of qualifiers for tonight's finals, with all the rest of the results as well. Use the automatic zoom to help read em, they are listed in order and a "q" indicates they made the final, some of which take 12 and some of which take eight.

The finals will be televised on OC Sports beginning at 4 p.m. — Maui's Jordan Helle will be the finish-line reporter.


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