Triple Crown chase up in air after Padaca ousted
The championship for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is up for grabs.
Hawai'i's Myles Padaca, the defending Triple Crown champ, was surprisingly eliminated in the second round of the Vans Hawaiian Pro yesterday.
The Hawaiian Pro is the first of three contests in the Triple Crown series, so Padaca is still in contention. However, his chances diminished greatly after he lost to Pat O'Connell of California and Jonathan Gonzalez of the Canary Islands.
The second round of the Hawaiian Pro was completed in wave faces of 6 to 8 feet at Hale'iwa Ali'i Beach.
Hawai'i surfers advancing to the third round were Conan Hayes, Sean Yano and Kekoa Bacalso. Six-time former world champ Kelly Slater of Florida also advanced.
The top seeds, including Kaua'i's Andy Irons, received byes yesterday. Irons is the No. 1-ranked surfer in the world, and the defending Hawaiian Pro champion.
The first round of the women's Roxy Pro was also completed yesterday.
California's Holly Beck had a two-wave total of 15.56 (out of 20), which was the highest score of the day, male or female.
The first round of the Davidoff Cool Water Xpression Session was also completed. Standouts included Hawai'i surfers Jamie O'Brien, Irons and Pancho Sullivan.
The Xpression Session features freestyle surfing maneuvers, such as aerials and 360-degree turns.
The event will continue today, conditions permitting.
UH women ninth: The University of Hawai'i women's cross country team placed ninth at the NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif., its highest finish in school history.
Hawai'i's team score was 326. Stanford won the regional with 24 points, followed by Arizona State with 70 and UCLA at 82.
Hawai'i junior Victoria Chang crossed the finish line in 12th place overall with a time of 21 minutes and 51 seconds. She learns Monday if she qualifies for the NCAA Championships.
The top individual was Alicia Craig of Stanford at 20:39.
Iolani tops La Pietra: The Iolani girls volleyball team defeated La Pietra yesterday, 15-4, 15-6, securing the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's second berth for the state tournament beginning Wednesday.
Rebecca Lisle led the Raiders with nine kills. Alicia Arnott had a match-high 12 kills for La Pietra.
Frazier, UH coaches to speak: University of Hawai'i athletic director Herman Frazier will be the featured speaker at tomorrow's Honolulu Quarterback Club meeting.
Other guests include, Wes Suan, the offensive coordinator for the Warriors, and Vantz Singletary, UH defensive line coach.
Terry Steiner, the head coach of the United States women's national wrestling team, is also scheduled to talk.
In addition, the club will honor the outstanding male and female sports persons for October: Tim Chang, the UH quarterback, and Liz Chun, the sports director for KGMB.
Cross country: State high school cross country champion Nicole Anderson of Iolani is a sophomore. Her grade was incorrectly listed in a story posted yesterday.