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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 11, 2003

Honolulu's Clay captures decathlon at Berkeley

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu's Bryan Clay won his first post-graduate decathlon yesterday with the highest score in the United States this season.

Clay scored a meet-record 8,225 points to win the Challenge of Atlas and Athena decathlon yesterday at University of California in Berkeley.

Clay, a 1998 Castle High graduate who graduated May 3 from Azusa Pacific University, was ranked seventh in the world last year. This year's world rankings have not yet begun because the outdoor season in Europe is just underway.

The previous high score in the United States this season was 8,103 by Stephen Harris of University of Tennessee March 20-21 at Texas A&M.

Clay won of four the 10 events in two days at Berkeley. The meet was moved to Cal this year from Atlanta, Ga.

Clay's places and marks—Friday: 100 meters: 1, 10.46, Long jump: 1, 24-0.75, Shot put: 3, 46-0, High jump: 3t, 6-6.25, 400m: 1, 49.4. Yesterday: Discus: 1, 161-10, Pole vault: 2t, 15-9, Javelin: 5, 191-9, 1500m: 5, 4:49.64.

None are personal bests.


• HPU signs center: A 6-foot-11 center from Yugoslavia has signed a letter of intent to play for the Hawai'i Pacific men's basketball team this season, HPU coach Russell Dung said.

Aleksandar Bojic, a native of Semberijska, Yugoslavia, will join another recruit, 6-foot-8 forward Kapena O'Neal, on the Sea Warriors, Dung said.

Bojic averaged 9.5 points per game and five rebounds at Garden City Community College in Kansas. He shot 60 percent from the field and 66 percent from the free-throw line.

"Alek is a quality big man we need to come in and play right away since we lost our front line to graduation," Dung said. "He comes from a good program in a competitive conference and we are expecting him to produce big numbers for us."

O'Neal, from Santa Barbara, Calif., lettered two years at Santa Barbara City College under coach Morris Hodges. In his two seasons at Santa Barbara, he averaged 12.5 points and six rebounds per game.

"He's big, strong, and has great leaping ability," Dung said. "Both he and Alek are very good athletes and because of their athleticism, they will play significant minutes."

Dung finished with a 17-10 overall record in his first season. HPU lost five seniors, forward Nate Block, forward Rashad Davis, center Leandro Maruoka, forward Ty Riley and guard Nic Walters to graduation this year.


• Maryknoll earns berth: Sela Fisilau scored a game-high 14 points off the bench to lead Maryknoll past Iolani, 52-34, in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu third-place tournament game at McCabe Gym on Friday.

The Spartans claimed the third ILH state berth. Punahou and Kamehameha also are in the state tournament.

Maryknoll lost to Iolani twice during the regular season.

Lana Young and Ginger Gravelle scored eight points each to lead the Raiders.

Maryknoll (9-7) 13 12 6 21—52
Iolani (11-5) 12 6 6 10—34

MARYKNOLL—Diana Samson 6, Jessica Akamine 6, Tammie Andres 8, Kristie Watanabe 0, Whitney Wong 7, Jessica Ho 2, Cheryl Lee 9, Sela Fisilau 14. Totals 18 13-24 52.

IOLANI—Jackie-lynn Sasaki 2, Jennifer Nagamine 2, Hennasea Tokumura 6, Lana Young 8, Ginger Gravelle 8, Marci Kang 0, Kiani Wong 0, Patricia Wong 3, Keri Oyadomori 3, Keilyn Fujioka 0, Chelsea Wong 2. Totals

11 9-13 34.

3-point goals—Maryknoll 3 (W. Wong 2, Samson 1). Iolani 3 (Tokumura 2, P. Wong 1).


• Francis Brown qualifying: Blaine Kimura and Joe Phengsavath teamed for a 7-under-par 63 to top the qualifiers for the Francis Brown Four-Ball Championship yesterday at Ala Wai Golf Course.

Sixteen teams in the championship flight and qualifiers in the A and B flights begin match play next weekend at Ala Wai.

The teams of Glenn Niitani and Mike Inoshita and Chad Kunihisa and Kevin Kaji shot 67s to lead A Flight. Clarence Takahashi and Gary Look, and Alan Arakawa and Mel Kaneshiro lead B Flight with 67s.


• USA Senior Nationals: Patricia Miranda is still Clarissa Chun's nemesis.

Miranda and Chun are both members of USA Wrestling's national resident program at Colorado Springs. But Chun, a 1999 Roosevelt High graduate from Kapolei, has never beaten Miranda, a Stanford alumnae, in a major event.

Last night, Miranda pinned Chun in 2 minutes, 41 seconds to win USA Wrestling's Senior National 48 kg (105.5 pounds) women's freestyle championship at Las Vegas, Nev.

Two Hawai'i wrestlers took women's freestyle third places: Castle High graduate Katie Kunimoto, also a USA team resident at Colorado Springs, at 51 kg (112 pounds) and 2002 Moanalua High graduate Stephany Lee, in her first Senior National meet, at 67 kg (147.5 pounds).

Kunimoto pinned Mililani High senior Debbi Sakai, also wrestling in her first Senior Nationals, in 1:03 in the 112-pound bronze-medal match.

Donell Bradley of 'Aiea, a 1999 Radford graduate and a senior at Missouri Valley College, pinned Brianne Bazzini of Penn to take fifth place at 158.5 pounds, and 2001 Castle graduate Cathy Migita of the Rainbow Wahine Wrestling Club finished eighth at 55 kg (121 pounds).

No men from Hawai'i reached the medal rounds.


• Quarterback Club: University of Hawai'i associate head coach Bob Nash and son Bobby Nash, who will join the Rainbow Warriors next season are scheduled to speak at tomorrow's Honolulu Quarterback Club.

The club's luncheon is at 11:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at noon at Pagoda Restaurant.

Other speakers include Roosevelt baseball coach Kerry Higa and pitcher Kaimi Mead, who has signed with the Rainbows, and UH swimming coach Mike Andrerson.

Lunch is $7 for club members, $8 for non-members.