HPU's Iacovelli wins region cross country title
Hawai'i Pacific senior Todd Iacovelli won the NCAA Division II Western Region Cross Country Championship yesterday in Oroville, Calif.
Iacovelli, a Punahou School graduate, finished the 10-kilometer race in 31 minutes, 58 seconds to beat a field of 107 runners. He earned a berth in the NCAA Division II nationals on Nov. 18 in Pensacola, Fla.
Chico State's Charlie Serrano finished second yesterday in 32:09.
Seattle Pacific's Jessica Pixler won the women's 6-kilometer race in 20:46. The top Hawai'i finisher was Brigham Young-Hawai'i's Amanda Whitford, who placed 36th in 22:58.
HPU SWEEPS HILO
Barbara Martin amassed 24 kills and 14 digs as Hawai'i Pacific swept Hawai'i-Hilo, 30-26, 30-20, 30-13, last night in a Pacific West Conference women's volleyball match at the Hilo civic.
Malia Pires added 12 kills, Chelsea Taylor had 11 kills, Melissa Sekigawa contributed 14 digs and Lindsay Balfour had 49 assists as the Sea Warriors (9-15 overall, 6-9 PacWest) hit .302.
Kaniu Hernandez had 10 kills and nine digs for the Vulcans (5-16, 3-12).
SEKI, HAMAMOTO MISS
Punahou School alum Jim Seki and Waiakea High grad Jarett Hamamoto both failed to advance to the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying yesterday.
Seki shot a final-round 72 to finish at 285 in a first-stage qualifier at Hollister, Calif. Hamamoto shot 72—287.
John Mallinger, of Long Beach, Calif., shot 64—269 to lead the qualifiers. The top 27 and ties — those who shot 282 and below — qualified for the second stage.
UH MEN WIN SHOOTOUT
The University of Hawai'i men's swimming and diving team went 3-0 while the women's team was 0-3 yesterday at the Lincoln Aquatics Shootout in Irvine, Calif.
The UH men beat UC Davis (84-29), Air Force (66-47) and Cal Poly (94-19) to win the title. The UH women fell to UC Irvine (53-58), UC Davis (34-78) and San Diego (53-58).
UH diver Mats Wiktorsson won the 1-meter (287.55) and 3-meter (337.90) springboard events. UH's Davis Kane won the 50 free (20.74) and Michael Lewandowski won the 1000 free (9:36.98).
UH's Claudia Barsi won all three of her events — the 200 butterfly (2:03.75), 500 free (5:01.90) and 1000 free (10:03.61).
SHARKS WIN BY SHUTOUT
Hideki Asai and two relievers teamed on a four-hitter as the Honolulu Sharks defeated the Waikiki BeachBoys, 3-0, last night in a Hawaii Winter Baseball game at Les Murakami Stadium.
Asai allowed three hits while striking out four and walking none in six innings. Wardell Starling earned the victory with two innings of one-hit relief, and David Haehnel pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Ryan Patterson's sacrifice fly scored the first run of the game in the eighth, and Masaya Ozaki's two-run single in the ninth completed the scoring.
Waikiki starter Rick Vanden Hurk struck out seven, walked two and permitted three hits in five shutout innings.
Elsewhere, John Mayberry Jr. and Josh Ford each had three hits and three RBIs, including two-run homers, as the West Oahu CaneFires trounced the North Shore Honu, 10-4, at Hans L'Orange Park.
Jose Vallejo added a two-run triple for the CaneFires. West Oahu starter Jeffrey Marquez allowed four hits and three earned runs while striking out six and walking one to earn the victory.
Jonathan Tucker, Takehiro Donoue and Rodney Choy Foo drove in runs for North Shore.