Track and Field – 2019 – State Wrap Up
The 2019 State Track and Field Championships ended this past weekend at the War Memorial Stadium on Maui Island. This year, 56 qualifying schools throughout the State of Hawai‘i sent athletes to participate in not-so-ideal conditions. Island School sent eight representatives this year: Josh Graves '20, Jaden DeSouza '21, Ella Beck '21, Matthew Vickers '20, Mahie Beck '19, Taylor Raco '22, Ella Offley '22, and Sydney Jona '21.
Josh Graves made the 800m finals on Saturday evening after qualifying on Friday night in the 8th position. Using the experience he gained from this event last year, the KIF 800m Champion stayed with the pack. As the final lap approached, athletes began jockeying for position. Josh used his experience and training to move to the front and was among the leaders. A strong push down the end and a battle to the finish, Josh improved his qualifying position and finished as the State's 3rd best 800m runner, with a time of 2:01.65. Josh went into this year’s 800m with the goal of finishing 3rd or higher and he did just that. Look for Josh to repeat as KIF Champion in the 800m and contend for the State’s top spot next year. He will be among the favorites.
Jaden DeSouza made the 400m and 800m finals on Saturday against the State’s top contenders that included perennial powerhouse runners from Punahou and Seabury Hall. Competing in her first Track and Field State Championship, the KIF Champion in the 400m and 800m held her own against the State’s best and finished 3rd in the 400m, and 5th in the 800m. Look for Jaden to repeat as KIF Champion next year and make a run at the State Championship next year.
Other competitors were Ella Beck who, despite not feeling 100%, gave it her all. The KIF Champion in the 1500m battled flu like symptoms and in the end came up short in making it to the finals. Look for Ella to repeat as KIF Champion next year and make her way back to States in 2020.
Matthew Vickers had a great shot to make the finals in the 1500m. However during the trials of the boys 1500m, an untimely mishap on the track caused him to fall out of contention. Not one to quit, Matt finished hard and strong to the very end. Look for Matt to repeat as KIF Champion next year and return to States in 2020.
Perhaps the most intriguing entry was our girl’s 4 x 100m relay team of Sydney Jona, Ella Offley, Taylor Raco, and senior Mahie Beck. Mahie returned this year as the only experienced member of the group. These girls battled all year and used every single qualifying KIF meet to improve and finally make States, and did so in the final supplemental qualifying meet of the season. With three young and inexperienced runners on the team, Mahie and the girls showed grit and courage and placed in the middle of their heat, even surprising themselves. If not for an early slip up, who knows, they may have even made the finals; they improved their KIF and State standard time as well. Look for our returning ladies to contend in the KIF for the next few years.
We'd like to once again bid a bond farewell to our departing seniors:
Congratulations to ALL of our 2019 Track and Field athletes. The future looks bright for Island School Track.
Niki Upson '21 and James Pratt '20 will be competing in the 2019 David S. Ilshii Foundation Golf Championships this Thursday and Friday at the Waikoloa Kings Course on O‘ahu. Niki is on fire right now after winning the KIF championship for singular players. James played such an inspiring game in order to qualify for states. We wish them the best.