Runyon pulls off double at third MIL meet of season
Lahainaluna High School’s Madison Runyon pulled off a rare double, winning the girls shortboard and bodyboard divisions at the Maui Interscholastic League surf meet No. 3 at Lahaina Harbor on Saturday.
Despite Runyon’s double, the Maui Prep girls won their third straight meet, as did the King Kekaulike boys, all but clinching the MIL overall team titles. Lahainaluna is second in both girls and boys.
Runyon won the Lahaina Harbor contest last year, and took the shortboard event at D.T. Fleming Beach in the first meet this season. Two weeks ago, she placed second to Ellie Brown of King Kekaulike at Koki Beach in Hana. She returned the favor at the Harbor, scoring the two highest waves of the final in beating Brown, 12.40-7.60.
Her bodyboard championship heat was closer as she edged Maui Prep freshmen Zoe Gonzales, 10.57-10.13.
“Super hard conditions, there weren’t a lot of set waves coming through,” Runyon said. “I just had to look for the longest ones that gave me the room to do stuff.”
The Lunas junior always seemed to be in better position to catch waves.
“My coaches helped me a lot with that,” Runyon said. “They told me to stay centered, don’t drift off toward the channel.”
Alex Fahland won boys bodyboard to lead Na Alii to the team title. The senior dominated the final, posting the two highest scoring waves.
“I managed to pull through those,” Fahland said. “I was just doing spins and rolls. It was really small out there, hard to do anything bigger.”
Defending MIL bodyboard champion Tyler Kirby of Maui Prep claimed his first MIL shortboard win. It was a closely contested final as the top three finishers were separated by less than a point.
“I tried to get the job done I needed to do,” said the Na Pueo junior. “It was a very grindy heat and lots of paddle battles, not a lot of waves in the heat.”
The final MIL surf contest will be April 27 at Hookipa Beach Park.
MIL MEET NO. 3
At Lahaina Harbor
Team–King Kekaulike 4,034, Maui Prep 3,660, Lahainaluna 3,067, Kamehameha Maui 1,911, Seabury Hall 1,757, Baldwin 1,735, Maui High 1,722, Haleakala Waldorf 1,676, Hana 1,176.
Shortboard–1. Tyler Kirby, Maui Prep; 2. Luc Guidroz, Seabury Hall; 3. Tony Nunez, Maui Prep; 4. Gabriel Girardin, Haleakala Waldorf; 5. James Kemper, King Kekaulike; 6. Ty Simpson-Kane, Kamehameha Maui; 7. Kai Claydon, Lahainaluna; 8. Shane Taylor, Maui High; 9. Kanoa Kaiwi, Hana; t10. Justin Simmer, Haleakala Waldorf; t10. Kannon White, Seabury Hall; t10. Connor Prados, King Kekaulike.
Bodyboard–1. Alex Fahland, King Kekaulike; 2. George Rocha, Lahainaluna; 3. Tyler Kirby, Maui Prep; 4. Marcus Hauen-Limkilde, King Kekaulike; 5. Trae Trippel-Grow, King Kekaulike; 6. Ryan West, Lahainaluna; 7. Hunter Carpio, Baldwin; 8. Blaise Brath, Kamehameha Maui; 9. Noa Kamalu, Baldwin; t10. Kekoa Kinimaka, Maui; t10. Kai Claydon, Lahainaluna; t10. Harrison Cramond, Maui Prep.
Team–Maui Prep 3,579, Kamehameha Maui 3,251, Lahainaluna 2,939, King Kekaulike 2,567, Baldwin 2,058, Seabury Hall 1,103, Hana 938, Maui High 810, Haleakala Waldorf 121.
Shortboard–1. Madison Runyon, Lahainaluna; 2. Ellie Brown, King Kekaulike; 3. Ashley Taoka, Maui High; 4. Skyla Adriano Howard, Baldwin; 5. Clara Asay, Hana; 6. Paloma Banto, Maui Prep; t7. Labryana Hookano, Kamehameha Maui; t7. Zoe Gonzales, Maui Prep; t9. Fernanda Maldonao, Baldwin; t9. Ashley Nielson, Maui Prep.
Bodyboard–1. Madison Runyon, Lahainaluna; 2. Zoe Gonzales, Maui Prep; 3. Kawai Kapuni, Kamehameha Maui; 4. Tatiana Ebro, King Kekaulike; 5. Paloma Banto, Maui Prep; 6. Ellie Brown, King Kekaulike; t7. Bryce Worth, Lahainaluna; t7. Labryana Hookano, Kamehameha Maui; t9. Skyla Adriano Howard, Baldwin; t9. Liana Kaaihue, Baldwin.
Through three of four events
Boys–King Kekaulike 30, Lahainaluna 21, Kamehameha Maui 19, Maui Prep 19, Baldwin 16, Maui High 11, Hana 9, Seabury Hall 9, Haleakala Waldorf 4.
Girls–Maui Prep 30, Lahainaluna 22, Kamehameha Maui 21, Baldwin 18, King Kekaulike 17, Hana 10, Seabury Hall 8, Haleakala Waldorf 5, Maui High 4.