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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, November 16, 2003

Kamehameha's Kamaka'ala wins boys title

By Christie Wilson
Neighbor Island Editor

KAHULUI, Maui — Iolani placed five runners in the top 30 to capture its first Hawai'i High School Athletic Association boys cross country championship yesterday at the Dunes of Maui Lani golf course.

State cross country champion Jeremy Kamaka'ala of Kamehameha, left, greets runnerup Jon Yasuda of Iolani after the race.

Christie Wilson • The Honolulu Advertiser

Iolani, the ILH champion, ended Kamehameha-O'ahu's six-year reign as state cross country champions, but the Warriors claimed the individual crown when sophomore Jeremy Kamaka'ala bested the Raiders' Jon Yasuda to cap a season-long rivalry. At last week's ILH championship at the Central O'ahu Regional Park, Yasuda beat Kamaka'ala by a comfortable 43 seconds.

This time, the Kamehameha runner won by 13 seconds. Kamaka'ala took the lead from Yasuda just before the halfway point of the 3-mile race and finished at 16 minutes, 30 seconds. Barely catching his breath, Kamaka'ala greeted each of the other top competitors with a cup of water and a hug.

"He powered through the middle mile and it didn't take that much out of him, and he was able to bring it home," said Kamehameha coach Steve Jenness.

Jenness and just about everyone else involved in the race said it was an extremely challenging course, with hilly terrain, sandy areas and battering winds that gusted more than 35 mph. Kamaka'ala called it "killers."

"I've never run a course as tough as this," he said.

Yasuda said he didn't mind the conditions and credited Kamaka'ala for a winning effort.

"I tried to keep within a good distance but he outkicked me at the end. I beat him last week, but he brought his game today. He was stronger than me today, he kept pulling away."

Kamaka'ala, 15, from Kahuku, finished 14th at last year's state championship and said he was expecting to finish fifth or sixth this year.

"I didn't expect this. This is surreal," he said.

Although Iolani lost Patrick Morrissey, the 2002 state runnerup, coach Jim Rubasch said his team had plenty of depth this year with Yasuda and fellow seniors Franklyn Lau, who finished sixth overall at 17:35, and Tyler Chun (24th, 18:14).

A surprise was Ryan Harada, who Rubasch said was considered to be an alternate but finished the regular season strong. He finished 14th in 17:50. Other team members are Antonio Baclig (18:28), Alexander Stephenson (18:33) and Ryan Chun (19:34).

Iolani scored a meet-low 56 points, followed by Kamehameha (85), Hawai'i Preparatory Academy (96), Punahou (112) and Waiakea (133).

Contact Christie Wilson at cwilson@honoluluadvertiser. com or (808) 244-4880.

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HHSAA State Championships

Yesterday's Results

At Kahului, Maui



1, Iolani (Jon Yasuda, Franklyn Lau, Ryan Harada, Tyler Chun, Antonio Baclig, Alexander Stephenson, Ryan Chun) 56. 2, Kamehameha-O'ahu 85. 3, Hawai'i Prep Academy 96. 4, Punahou 112. 5, Waiakea 133. 6, Kalaheo 161. 7, Castle 231. 8, Pearl City 245. 9, Seabury Hall 254. 10, Kealakehe 289. 11, Moanalua 297. 12, Island 301. 13, Hilo 317. 14, Honoka'a 338. 15, Leilehua 369. 16, Baldwin 373. 17, Kaiser 445.


1, Jeremy Kamaka'ala (Kam) 16:30
2, Jon Yasuda (Iol) 16:43
3, Ryan Shell (Rad) 17:00
4, Joseph Gonzales (PC) 17:26
5, JW Wood (HPA) 17:27
6, Franklyn Lau (Iol) 17:35
7, Roycen Dehmer (Waiak) 17:36
8, Ryan Hodges (Kalah) 17:40
9, Scott Martin (Waim) 17:41
10, Peter Deptula (Pun) 17:42
11, Emmett Weatherfor (HPA) 17:43
12, Travis Burton ('Aiea) 17:46
13, Aaron Domingo (Kam) 17:48
14, Ryan Harada (Iol) 17:50
15, Kainoa Guerin (Bald) 17:52
16, Matt Montoya (Mili) 17:55
17, Reid Arakaki (Kalan) 17:56
18, Ryan Fontana (HPA) 18:01
19, Paul Nelson (Pun) 18:04
20, Noah Kruger-Burge (Keala) 18:05