Five standout Big Island Interscholastic Federation Track and Field athletes combined for a total of eight meet record-breaking performances at the 2010 BIIF Track and Field Championship, held Friday and Saturday 5/8-9/2010 at Konawaena High School's Julian Yates Field in Kealakekua, HI.
Hawaii Prep's 58-point girl, BIIF Female Athlete of the Year SR Ku'uipo Nakoa, broke three of those eight herself, improving on previous performances made by three Ka'u High School girls alumni in the 110m Hurdles (HI#2 15.16), 300m Hurdles (HI#1 46.04) and Triple Jump (35-08.75). Those meet records had been previously set by Ka'u grads Larissa Edwards (15.23) in 2008, Sarah Nicolaisen (46.18) in 2005 and Ku'ulei Karratti (35-04) in 2003. Nicolaisen was on hand to congratulate Nakoa, and to present her with her Gold medal for the 300m Hurdles.
Nakoa also earned gold medals in the 100m (12.94) and 200m (26.78), while placing second in the girls Long Jump (17-03.25) to a record-breaking performance by gold medal winner Kamehameha SR Victoria Evans-Bautista, who leaped 17-03.50 (HI#4) on her last attempt, bettering the records set by Honoka'a's Jessica Brown (17-01.75) in 2004 and matched by Nakoa at last year's BIIF Championship Meet.
Ka'u SR Jacob Edwards earned the BIIF Male Athlete of the Year honor, pocketing 2 more BIIF meet records with top finishes in the boys Triple Jump (45-04.50) and 300m Hurdles (38.78), while medaling in the 200m (23.04) and Long Jump (21-00.75), and placing fifth in the 100m (11.51). His records better those set by Waiakea's David Doll (45-2) in 2004 and an almost decade-old record set by Konawaena's Nick Berry (38.9h) in 2001. Edwards set the BIIF record in the Boys 110m Hurdles (14.94) in 2009, but was unable to defend his title due to the NFHS single false start rule. He was charged with a false start in Friday's preliminary round and disqualified from competing in that event.
At Saturday's finals-only boys High Jump event, Kohala teammates SR Ethan Meikle and SR Kelson Kawai shared a new BIIF record after each cleared 6-4 (HI#3) to better the standard set by Hawaii Prep's Matt Maze (6-2) in 2005. In the judge's decision, Meikle earned the gold, while Kawai was awarded the silver.
Kamehameha HI SR Kaopua Sutton set her BIIF meet record in the girls Discus Throw (126-06.50) in the prelims, bettering the one set by Hilo's Keisha Siliga (123-3) in 2004. Then, on her last attempt in the finals-only girls Shot Put event, which had been moved to Saturday's schedule of events due to time and venue constraints at Friday's trials, she launched a PR 33-02.75, completing the throws double.
Three of the smartest-run races this past season were performed Saturday by #2 individual points scorer Honoka'a SO Chase Moniz, who earned 28 points by outkicking the competition in the boys 1500m final with his 4:15.87; then by doing the same for the double in the boys 3000m (9:47.61). Moniz had earlier taken the #2 spot at the podium in the boys 800m (2:04.64), after nearly chasing down Kea'au SR Daniel Brooks (2:03.90) in the last 30 meters of that race.
The Kamehameha boys earned the BIIF Boys Team Title trophy, with their 55-point victory over #2 Kea'au 136.33-81.33. In the girls team standings, it was Hawaii Prep over #2 Kamehameha 122-81.