Buffanblu, Radford, Felix, Santiago set meet records Punahou sweeps state titles
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By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer
With the rubber surface covered with puddles caused by intermittent downpours, Baldwin sophomore Kristine Felix lifted her body on a pole and vaulted herself into the state record book.
Even in the inclement weather, four records were broken in the HHSAA/Island Movers State Girls Track and Field Championships at Kamehameha Schools' Kūnuiākea Stadium.
"We had a couple of meets back in Maui where it was pouring, and it was on a Kamehameha track too," said Felix, who pole vaulted 11 feet, 8 inches, breaking the old record of 11-4 set by Chun Mei Nickles of Mililani in 2003. "It's hard, it is hard to vault, you just have to wait to vault and go when you have the chance.
"I try to not let it affect me. I just do my routine and go for it. It feels awesome."
Punahou, which claimed a record of its own, repeated as champions, scoring 95 points. Radford finished second with 63, followed by Kahuku with 50.
"It means the world because I really wanted to win as a team," said Buffanblu senior Ashley Satterwhite, who won two individual sprint events. "It's nice to win as an individual, but I wanted to win as a team so any way I could help out, it's great."
Satterwhite also anchored the record-breaking 4x400-meter relay, winning in 4 minutes, 0.08 seconds, beating the old time of 4:00.51 set by Punahou in 1999. The other relay members are juniors Julia Brand and Lahaina Zoller and sophomore Kyleigh Mann.
Satterwhite won gold in both the 100-meter (12.52) and 200-meter dashes (25.25).
"I think I did really good," Satterwhite said. "My goal out here was just to win, no matter what time I get, so I was really happy to win."
She repeated as the 100-meter champion, but won her first 200-meter dash. Satterwhite had to pull out of last year's 200 after injuring her leg in the 4x100-meter relay in last year's meet, and she had a broken foot in her sophomore season.
"It means everything to me," Satterwhite said. "I was really looking forward to the 200; it's my favorite race, so I was really excited."
Also capturing first place for the Buffanblu were Zoller in the 400 (58.37) and Mann in the 1,500 (4:58.59).
Two other records were broken in yesterday's meet.
Kahuku junior Zhane Santiago won two events yesterday, and broke the 100-meter hurdle record, winning in 14.71 seconds to beat the old time of 14.85 seconds set by Mililani's Vera Simms in 2000.
"I wanted to do it for my grandma (Annette Santiago), because she's always here every meet, but she's in the hospital," said Santiago, who also won the long jump (17-11.5). "She just had open heart surgery, so I wanted to dedicate that race to her especially because that was her favorite."
The Radford girls relay team of Sade Myers, Tyler Whitener, Andrea Hinkle and Kaeli Patton set the 4x100-meter relay record, winning in 48.35 seconds one day after setting the record in the trials (48.70). The old record of 48.92 was set in 1999 by Mililani.
"We're so excited we were able to do that, especially running with Punahou, we knew we were going to have to push ourselves extra, extra hard," said Patton, the anchor. "I'm glad we were able to do that two times."
Patton also won the high jump (5-2), making it a bittersweet meet for her. In Friday's trials, she was disqualified from the 100-meter dash.
"I was just really anxious to run, and I just false-started," Patton said. "I'm glad we were able to make it up here and for the high jump for me.
"I had to do it somewhere, I have to run somewhere, it's my last meet."
Hawai'i Prep senior Ku'uipo Nakoa also won two events, the 300 hurdles (44.99) and the triple jump (36-8.25).
"I was so shocked," Nakoa said of her hurdle victory. "I've never been that focused before. It was me and tunnel vision."
Seabury Hall's Hailey Grossman defended her 3,000-meter run title, winning in 10:43.32. Other winners include Kamehameha-Hawai'i's Kaopuanani Sutton in the discus (134-4), Farrington's Monlisa Mariko in the shot put (38-11), and Seabury Hall's Lea Lunblad in the 800 (2:23.83).
After the girls 4x400 relay was completed, the meet was delayed about 45 minutes after a Kamehameha-Maui runner had a reported asthma attack and was taken by ambulance to Straub Hospital, according to meet officials.