Running late didn't slow Radford
By Stanley Lee
Advertiser Staff Writer
MILILANI — As the meet dragged into its eighth hour and closed in on midnight, Radford's track & field team was still going strong.
"With the 4x400 coming up, every one was pumped, ready to go," said Radford senior Kaeli Patton, who won the girls 100-meter dash, high jump, triple jump and anchored the record-breaking 4x100 relay team at Saturday's O'ahu Interscholastic Association Western Division championships. "Everybody was so excited after the 4x100, nothing could've brought us down. Everybody was ready to go, especially for the 4x400. Everyone was excited for that event.
"After that, we were tired. Before that, we were ready to go."
After the 4x400 and girls triple jump were completed, Radford celebrated its boys and girls team titles at Mililani's John Kauinana Stadium. The girls finished with 208 points and set two meet records. The boys finished with 140 1/2 at a meet that started at 3 p.m. with field events and didn't end until after 11:30.
The Rams were on a high after their 4x100 relay team of Sade Myers, Tyler Whitener, Andrea Hinkle and Patton won with a record-breaking time of 48.4 seconds early in the evening. Patton later set the high-jump record by clearing 5 feet, 41/4 inches, running out of the pit in celebration and to the side of the track to hug her coach and father, Sid.
"We worked on it this whole week, and our chemistry, we're all really close," Patton said of her 4x100 team. "Our goal right now is 47. We're all going to work together to reach that goal. That has helped us."
Mililani's Kristin Ali Keith set the 1,500 record with a time of 5:05.7 and teammate Kimberly Pugliese set the 3,000 record in 11:01.64 as the Trojans finished second with 141 1/2.
Kapolei's Charlinda Ioane won the shot put and discus.
The Radford boys won just four events but showed great depth in scoring points in 14 of 16 events, often with multiple finishers in the same event. Phillip Hogan ran on the record-breaking 4x100 relay team, the winning 4x400 and also won the 400.
"We're just pleased and proud of the kids. They worked extremely hard," said Sid Patton, who coaches along with his wife, Elizabeth. "Nobody sees what they do at practice. As coaches, you see how hard they work every day. You like to see hard work pay off."
Leilehua was second with 90[0xb0] points.
'Aiea's Lawrence Lagafuaina broke the 38-year-old divisional mark in the boys shot put. His throw of 55 feet, 4 inches surpassed the previous record set by Barney Hanson of 'Aiea from 1972. Campbell's Samson Anguay won the 100 and 200.
Kapolei won the junior varsity girls title with 157 points. Diamond Carter, Paige Kaea, Lakysha-Ann Evans and Chermayne Yago won both relays, Brittany Long won the 1,500, Deylynn White won the 800 and Anjellica Amian won the high jump for the Hurricanes.
Kapolei edged Radford, 103 to 100 1/2, for the junior varsity boys title. Kapolei's Devin Jenkins set the 100 record in 10.7 and Radford's team of Romar Bacosa, Kevin Acasio, Devon Kamaka and Krixtofer Hughley set records in the 4x100 (44.2) and 4x400 (3:39.56).