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Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kamuela HI

October 31, 2008

From hhsaa.org - Boys - Girls
Race Distance: 5K

Punahou girls make it 4 in a row, Jenkins 3-peats
Leilehua sr Bryce Jenkins returns from injury to lead team to repeat title 

Team Champs:
  • Leilehua boys 75 over Kamehameha-Kapalama 99; Punahou girls 48 over Seabury Hall 117
  • The Punahou girls, looking for their fourth title in a row, secured it with four in the top 15, behind 7th-placer Farrah Madanay, for a score of 48 that easily outpaced Seabury Hall's 117.
  • King Kekaulike sr Bailey Massenburg snagged the individual girls win with a 20:43 effort over runner-up Tia Greenwell of Honokaa (21:03).  Defending state champ Kristin Ali Keith was 6th overall, running 21:37.
  • Two-time defending boys state champ Bryce Jenkins rebounded from a stress fracture to make it three in a row, using his 17:13 victory to lead his Leilehua boys team to back-to-back state trophies with 75 points.  Kamehameha-Kapalama boys were second in the team battle, scoring 99 points, while Hawaii Baptist senior Matthew Nakamoto trailed Jenkins' victory with his 17:34 runner-up effort.


The Hawaii State meet will be held Friday, October 31 -- Halloween Morning. The 3 mile races will be held on the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Campus. At 9am the girls will start, individuals and teams both trying to find their way into the record books. Which girls should you expect to see in the mix up front? For starters, Kristin Ali-Keith (Mililani jr) will be defending her 2007 HHSAA Championship title. Bailey Massenburg (King Kekaulike sr) 2008 MIL (Maui) Girls Athlete of the year, HHSAA 800/1500m champ, Sarah Clapp (Kaiser jr) the OIA Runner-up and 2007 HHSAA 3K Champ, US#6 2008 USATF Junior Olympics IG 3K, 2-time BIIF Champ Honoka'a sophomore Tialana Greenwell (coming off last week's BIIF win on essentially her "home course") are all stong contenders for the individual title. The other great quest is the hunt for the girls team title. Punahou girls (ILH Oahu) led by senior Julia Brand, have won last 3 years, looking to make it #4 against a strong Mililani girls squad. That team, led by 3-time OIA XC Champ Kristin Ali-Keith, hopes to be the first public school since Radford in 1980 to win the HHSAA girls team title. Seabury Hall (MIL, Maui), led by last year's MIL Champ Hailey Grossman (jr) and Kamehameha (ILH, Oahu) led by Ashlee Jimenez, are also battling for the team title.

At 9:45 am the boys are off, and this should prove to be another great race. Two-time HHSAA champ Bryce Jenkins (Leilehua sr) was back in action for his 3rd OIA XC Championship last week after sitting out the majority of this season due to a stress fracture, walking courses to maintain eligibility. Jenkins must defend against a talented pack led by King Kekaulike senior Reid Hunter, the 2008 HHSAA 800m/1500m runner up, 2007 HHSAA #3 finisher and repeat ILH Champ Hawaii Baptist senior Matthew Nakamoto. 2008 BIIF Champ Hilo senior Mark Turner and Honoka'a senior Jake Shiraki should also be seen in the front group; these guys are used to the state course at Hawaii Prep and are both capable of winning the individual title. The Leilehua Mules will be defending last year's title against a deep Iolani boys team.