KEAAU – Some of the best girls cross country runners in the state and in the nation laced up their shoes and participated in the three mile Kamehameha Invitational meet this past Saturday.
Anna Maxwell, ranked 18th in the nation by Mile Split, ran away with the race in a blistering time of 17 minutes and 54 seconds.
Maxwell, a sophomore from San Lorenzo Valley High School in California, was challenged by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association defending state champion, Dakota Grossman from Seabury Hall on Maui.
“This is a great course as I’m used to lots of hills,” Maxwell said. “I don’t usually get to run on grass, so this was special for me as the course made the race fun.”
Grossman, also a sophomore, clocked in at 18:40 and had high praise for the level of competition at the invitational.
“This is a tough course with great competition,” Grossman said. “I ran a personal best for this course and one of my goals coming in was to get under 19 minutes.”