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MIL has 11 No. 1 marks going into state track meet
May 8, 2014 - Robert Collias
I received a copy of the state track meet entry lists late Wednesday after a request to the HHSAA as I worked on my preview story for this morning's paper.
The list is long and includes basically 32 entrants for all of the events, so way too much to go into full detail here, but I will provide some insights.
First off all, the MIL leaders going into the state meet:
— Kauanoe Vanderpoel of Kamehameha Maui has the top qualifying mark in the boys shot put (53-8 1/2), nearly two feet better than second place. He is second in the discus (159-11).
— Jay Braun of King Kekaulike is tops in the 100 (10.93) and 200 (22.18) after missing most of the last two seasons due to football injuries. He also anchors the top-ranked 400 relay team (43.44).
— Alyssa Bettendorf of Seabury Hall is No. 1 in the long jump (18-3 1/2), 100 (12.05), and 200 (24.49). She is also third in the 400 (57.82), right behind Kihei Charter freshman Maya Reynolds (56.77).
— Dusty Flores of Baldwin has the best mark in the boys pole vault (14-3).
— Daniel Pietsch of Seabury Hall is first in the 400 (49.73).
— Dakota Grossman, Seabury Hall's eight-time state champion, is No. 1 in the 1,500 (4:42.85) and 3,000 (10:22.88), is second in the 800 (2:18.01), and will anchor the Spartans' third-ranked 1,600 relay (4:02.78). Her 3,000 mark is 24 seconds faster than second place and she is the three-time defending champ in the event.
Just individually, Grossman and Bettendorf are good for 64 points if these marks hold. Last season, Punahou edged the Spartans 69-68 for the girls team title, something the MIL has never won.
Check my story in this morning's paper for a look at Seabury Hall's final-week preparation and more.
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