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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

WAC track honor for UH's Amanakis

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Thalia Amanakis

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University of Hawai'i hurdler Thalia Amanakis has been named Western Athletic Conference Track & Field Athlete of the Week.

Amanakis, a senior from Sydney, Australia, posted a season-best time of 59.63 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles at the Occidental Invitational in Eagle Rock, Calif. on Saturday.

Amanakis' time leads the WAC and ranks 17th in the NCAA West First Round Championships performance list. She also ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.11 seconds.

Idaho senior K.C. Dahlgren was named the "Field" athlete of the week after winning the pole vault at the Vandal Jamboree.

The Rainbow Wahine will compete in the WAC Outdoor Championships, tomorrow through Saturday, in Ruston, La.



Kailua's Ryan Dolan beat out Tim Hornsby and two-time Olympian Rami Zur to win the K-1 200 meters at the USA Kayak's Sprint National Team Trials recently in Chula Vista, Calif.

Dolan, 20, completed the new Olympic distance in 36.664 seconds. He qualifies for the Sprint Canoe/Kayak World Championships in Poznan, Poland.

Dolan also qualified in the K-4 1,000-meter event with brother Patrick, Kāne'ohe's Brandon Woods and Georgia's Morgan House. Their time of 3:02 also qualified for World Championships.

Hawai'i Canoe and Kayak team members Shawn Kaho'okele and Tajana Perrin earned a place on the U.S. Junior team that will compete this summer.



Former Olympian and University of Hawai'i All-American Deitre Collins-Parker is one of the instructors at USA Volleyball's Aloha Region Coaching Accreditation Program: I and II.

It will be June 5 and 6 at McKinley High School. The course starts at 7:30 a.m. the first day and goes to no later than 8 p.m., and 8 a.m. the second day, until 5 p.m.

Collins, currently coaching the San Diego State women, will be joined by former Olympic setter Charlene Tagaloa, former Graceland men's coach Stu Sherman and Diana Cole, who is USA Volleyball's Director of Coaching Education.

Coaching Accreditation Program is a "comprehensive, three-level coaching education program covering all aspects of coaching and teaching volleyball."

Instructors will offer two age-group player clinics on June 6. The clinic for those 14-under goes from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 15-older from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Level I is open to all coaches and Level II is open to Level I accredited coaches. Cost for Level I ranges from $225 to $365 based on sign-up date and affiliations. Cost for Level II is $250 to $385. There is also a range of prices for specific modules, days and clinics.

Contact Cindy Flynn at USA Volleyball-Aloha Region for more information alohajuniors@hawaii.rr.com or 728-1534. The region's website is www.aloharegionjuniors.org.