Sunday, September 28, 2008

Latest Boys XC Rankings from "observer"

Here are "one observer's" latest boys cross country rankings based on the Sept. 27 meets on the Big Island, Oahu and Molokai:


1. Reid Hunter, King Kekaulike; 2. Mark Turner, Hilo; 3. Matthew Nakamoto, HBA; 4. Jake Shiraki, Honokaa; 5. Scott Hunter, Hilo; 6. Shannon Cosey, Leilehua; 7. Eric Pak, Castle; 8. Margarito Martinez, Leilehua; 9. Borys Pleskacz, Iolani; 10. Jordan Lerma, Kamehameha HI.

Team Rankings:

1. Iolani; 2. Kamehameha Oahu; 3. Hilo; 4. Honokaa; 5. Maui High; 6. Leilehua

The Road to HPA - by Anonymous

"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to bleed to do it". - Steve Prefontaine

That is maybe what it will take to either win the individual or team championship at this year's Hawaii State Cross Country Championship with yet another #1 being beaten at the Kaiser Invitational at the CORP course.

Mililani High defeated Kamehameha by a mere 1 point, 54 to 55. On the individual front it will come down to who wants it the most and who can run the HPA course the best. At the moment it looks like either Kaiser's Sara Clapp or King Kekaulike's Bailey Massenburg. Both ran on hilly courses this past weekend. Massenburg recorded a 19:09 at the Ironwood hills golf course on Molokai. Clapp ran a 19:19 at CORP. This week the nod goes to Massenburg.

This week's team Ranking (Pac-5 will not run at the state meet as a team.)
  1. Mililani
  2. Kamehameha
  3. Punahou
  4. Seabury Hall
  5. 'Iolani
Individual Rankings for this week.

1. Bailey Massenburg
2. Sarah Clapp Kaiser
3. Julie Besenbruch Pac-5
4. Haley Abing Pac-5
5. Jenna Wong Iolani
6. Kristin Ali Keith Mililani
7. Hailey Grossman Seabury Hall
8. Ashlee Jimenez Kamehameha
9. Julia Brand Punahou
10. Noelani Mikami Kamehameha

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Boys XC Analysis

As with the girls, please understand that this is not my opinion, but an interested contributor.


Aloha Coach Al, Here's "one observer's" opinion of the boys for your blog: Once again the girls seem to be receiving all the attention this cross-country season, therefore, here's one observer's opinion of how the boys are shaping up.

Individually, Maui's Reid Hunter of King Kekaulike HS appears to be the dominant male runner after convincing victories at Kapalua and HPA. Hilo's Mark Turner and Hawaii Baptist's Matthew Nakamoto followed Hunter at HPA. Defending champion, Bryce Jenkins of Leilehua is recovering from injury and walked the HPA course. Iolani's Borys Pleskacz ran well the Iolani Invitational as did several other Oahu runners.

Heres my top 10 boys but another 10-15 could easily be here next week. 1. Reid Hunter, King Kekaulike; 2. Mark Turner, Hilo; 3. Matthew Nakamoto, HBA; 4. Borys Pleskacz, Iolani; 5. Margarito Martinez, Leilehua; 6. Tyler Mulloy, Iolani; 7. Jake Shiraki, Honokaa; 8. Scott Hunter, Hilo; 9. Shannan Casey, Leilehua; 10. Alvin Ringor, Molokai.

Team-wise, Iolani looked very good at their invitational and so did Kamehameha. Honokaa ran well at HPA after losing to Hilo earlier in the month. Leilehua is a mystery but has the potential to repeat. On Maui, the Maui High boys have been a surprise dominating the MIL this season. Heres my ranking: 1. Iolani; 2. Kamehameha Oahu; 3. Honokaa; 4. Leilehua; 5. Maui High

Monday, September 22, 2008

Girls XC - New Poster

Hi all,

We welcome a new analysis from someone who'd like to be known as "The Coach." Again, this is not me!


Rankings are tough given the course differences and having meets on outer islands. I.E. this past week many of the top teams and runners were at either the Iolani or HPA meets which had vastly different course conditions. With that said I can't argue with these rankings, but I do think the HPA course will make handicapping the State meet extremely difficult. I also believe that the teams that ran on the HPA course will have an advantage.

I think the team title will be exciting and is up for grabs. As always, but even more so this year given the course difficulty at HPA, it will come down to which team can get its runners to run as "normal" as possible. In other words, teams with runners that have "off" days are going to suffer and that could happen easily at HPA.

Kamehameha (Oahu) certainly looks impressive after the last two weeks. And they are doing it with four new runners in their top six! A gap time of just 1:22 at the HPA Invitational is quite impressive. Seabury Hall had a gap time of 2:09 while Mililani had a gap time of 1:56 at the Iolani Invitational. If either of those teams can close their gaps they will makes it closer with Kamehameha.

Punahou lost some key runners to graduation last year, but always seem to re-load. Their JV squad looked impressive at the Iolani meet and could provide even greater depth by the end of the season.

One key area to look for is missing runners. Were all of the teams running at full strength this past weekend? I heard Iolani has the injury bug right now, and if they recover in time, then they will be in the mix especially given they have a frontrunner (Wong), and, supposedly, a mainland transfer who is faster than their frontrunner.

And don't forget Seabury Hall's Tracy-Vinsintainer who finished just 6th on the team this last week but was 16th at the State meet last year. If she returns to form they may be the favorite going in.

In all, there appears to be no clear cut favorite and it should be an exciting team battle.

Individually, Clapp had a big race at the Iolani meet, but don't forget that that course was flat. As a relative newcomer to the running scene does she have enough experience for the grueling HPA course? I'll be watching her closely at her own Kaiser Invitational this week to see how she handles the hills, although the course is still not nearly as tough as HPA. It's tough to compare her run to Massenburg's at HPA. I don't think we will get to see the Oahu girls race the outer island girls until States unless they come over for the Kaiser meet. The individual battle looks to be a heated one as well.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Road To HPA

A note from Coach Al - Just reminding you that the following is NOT my opinion so please throw your daggers somewhere else.:)

FROM ANONYMOUS (Sept 21, 2008)

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" - Steve Prefontaine

Iolani Invitational

Sophomore Kristin Parry of Dana Hills won the girls varsity cross country race yesterday morning. Parry led the girls over the 3-mile course in 17:59.81. More than 1,000 runners competed in six races that featured intermediate and high school teams from Hawai'i and California. The event is now in its 10th year.

Parry pulled away from Meghan Marvin of Clovis (Calif.) with about a half-mile remaining on the flat, grassy and hot course that crossed through several fields at Wheeler. Parry and Marvin led through two miles, followed closely by three Dana Hills runners and Clovis' Saylah Barserian. Following in the second group was Kaiser's Sarah Clapp and 'Iolani's Jenna Wong. Clapp was the first Hawaii runner to finish in 7th place with a time of 18:47 followed by Jenna Wong in 18:56.

HPA invitational

King Kekaulike's Bailey Massenburg won yesterday's Hawai'i Prep Invitational on the Big Island. Massenburg won the girls 3-mile race with a time of 20:37, 18 seconds ahead of Seabury Hall's Hailey Grossman in 20:55. Kamehameha placed five girls in the top 11 to win with 32 points to 48 for Seabury Hall. This is the second time in a week the Kemehameha has beaten a #1 in the same week.

Based on Information and results from this week here is the team ranking for this week. And remember as we get more information and results this list will change.

  1. Kamehameha Kapalama
  2. Mililani
  3. Punahou
  4. Seabury Hall
  5. Iolani
Girls individual Ranking for this week based on times and results.

1. Sara Clapp 11 Kaiser

2. Bailey Massenburg 12 King Kekaulike

3. Jenna Wong Iolani

4. Hailey Grossman Seabury Hall

5. Hailey Abing 12 Pac 5

6. Julie Besenbruch 12 Pac 5

7. Kristen Ali Keith Mililani

8. Chaylena Guinto Pac 5

9. Ashlee Jimenez Kamehameha Kapalama

10. Savannah Lowrie Leilehua

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Who knows?

Hi all,

Last Thursday in the 'Iolani vs Punahou intermediate football game, 'Iolani had a female quarterback, Saphyre Rezentes, for a few series. She did pretty well too! My question, have there been any other female QB's in Intermediate or Varsity football in the ILH? In the OIA? Outer islands? In the state?

If you know of any or know the answer, please email me at

Thanks, Al

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Road to HPA


" Cross Country is like poker, you always have to be holding five good cards all the time"


#1 goes down!

Keaau, Hawaii. At the Kamehameha Invitational #1 ranked Iolani school girls cross country team ran into a buzz saw. Iolani was soundly defeated by Kamehameha Schools of Kapalama 32 to 59. Kamehameha Kapalama sent the message to the rest of the state they are for real. Winning the race was Honokaa High's Tia Greenwell in 20:21 followed by Iolani's Jenna Wong in 20:58.

OIA Mililani continues to win

Aiea. It seems Mililani girl’s cross-country team is letting someone different from their team win each week or they are just showing their depth. Well, OK, so this week it’s Gabby Jerkins at the Preseason meet at Aiea. Her time of 20:59 beats Dayna Domingo of Pearl City who took second in 21:26. Mililani wins by a landslide.

MIL Seabury Hall Idle

PUKALANI – With Seabury Hall idle and most likely training through, Maui High School girls cross country team took first place at the Maui Interscholastic League's meet.

King Kekaulike's Bailey Massenburg won the girls race with a time of 20 minutes, 21 seconds.

Based on Information and results from this week here are the team ranking for this week. And remember as we get more information and results this list will change. Just a note. If you're ranked #1 and you lose, you drop down until you can work your way back up.

At this week's Iolani Invitational at Wheeler army base all ILH and OIA teams and Mainland and Neighbor schools. Also the HPA invitational will host all BIIF and some Neighbor island schools on the state championship course. Here are this week's Team rankings.

  1. Seabury Hall
  2. Mililani
  3. Punahou
  4. Kamehameha Kapalama
  5. Iolani
Girls individual Ranking for this week.

1. Sara Clapp 11 Kaiser

2. Hailey Grossman 11 Seabury Hall

3. Kristin Ali Keith 11 Mililani

4. Hailey Abing 12 Pac 5

5. Bailey Massenburg 12 King Kekaulike

6. Julie Besenbruch 12 Pac 5

7. Tia Greenwell

8. Gabby Jenkins Mililani

9. Jena Wong Iolani

10. Dayna Domingo of Pearl City

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Anonymous promises new rankings by Monday!

Anonymous has had a busy weekend but you can expect to see new rankings sometime on Monday.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

What a week in girls cross-country!

New rankings from Anonymous!

Please remember, this is just for fun and to create interest. Anonymous is NOT COACH AL!

In the OIA, whose #1 now?

Kristin Ali Keith showed who’s #1 in Hawaii by defeating Sara Clapp, our former #1 in the girls ranking at the Campbell Invitational. Keith's time of 19:17 was good for 2nd place to winner Alex Dunne from San Clemente, California who won in 17:38!! Wow!

In the MIL, Seabury Hall rolls at Lahainaluna Invitational

Grossman and Lundblad go 1 and 2

Kapalua - Seabury Hall junior Hailey Grossman won her second race in a row on the hilly Kapalua golf course, the site of last year's state meet. Her time of 19:58:9 was the fastest time of the day, followed closely by teammate Lea Lundblad in 20:03. The Seabury Hall girls cross country team put all five of their top runners in the top ten and won their 3rd meet in a row.

In the ILH, Welcome back Julie!

In the varsity girls division at Waipio, Julie Besenbruch won in a time of 19:32. Julie ran smoothly and looked very strong after her time off last year. She's definitely back and should be put into the top 10 somewhere.” The above a quote from Al Linsky.

The Ranking will change as we receive more results and times. So here is your top ten ranking for this week.

1. Kristin Ali Keith 11 Mililani

2. Sara Clapp 11 Kaiser

3. Hailey Grossman 11 Seabury Hall

4. Julie Besenbruch 12 Pac 5

5. Savannah Lowrie 12 Leilehua

6. Bailey Massenburg 12 King Kekaulike

7. Haley Abing 12 Pac 5

8. Jenna Wong 11 Iolani

9. Maile Scarpino 12 Iolani

10. Lea Lundblad 10 Seabury Hall

Based on Information and results from this week here is the team ranking for this week. And remember as we get more information and results, this list will change.

1. Iolani

2. Seabury Hall

3. Punahou

4. Mililani

5. Leilehua

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New Girls XC Prediction

Hi Girls XC Fans,

Well, our anonymous poster is back again after seeing the results from the meets held this last Saturday and doing some sleuthing. Of course, he remains anonymous and leaves me to take the HEAT!

I repeat, this is not my prediction. I disagree with a lot of what's in there, especially the top 10, but I will continue to keep my opinion to myself. I do believe that there is more talent in girls XC this year than ever before with 20-30 girls capable of running very good times and that would have been considered top 10 shoo-ins in the last few years. A top 20 would probably be better to have so that more of the top runners are included. Anyway, it should be a very exciting season!

Coach Al

Here is the new prediction from Anonymous!


Old names and new faces ring in 2008 XC season!

She is back! Seabury Hall junior Hailey Grossman made clear that no matter what happens in any other Maui Interscholastic League race, the Spartans' home meet is all hers.

Grossman finished first at the Seabury Hall cross country race for a third consecutive year on Saturday with a time of 20 minutes, 4 seconds on the hilly Seabury course, beating last weekend's winner, Bailey Massenburg of King Kekaulike by just over a minute. After taking the 2007 track season off for personal reasons, Grossman beat the two time defending state track champion Bailey Massenberg convincingly.

Over at Pearl City, more of the same, as Savannah Lowrie of Leilehua, I stand corrected, won a preseason race in a fine time of 19:43 beating last years XC state champ Kristin Ali Keith of Mililani, who ran a 19:57. Here is this week's revised top ten. As we get more times and results this list will change.

  1. Sara Clapp 11 Kaiser

    2. Savannah Lowrie 12 Leilehua

    3. Hailey Grossman 11 Seabury Hall

    4. Bailey Massenburg 12 King Kekaulike

    5. Haley Abing 12 La Pietra

    6. Gabriella Jenkins Mililani

    7. Kristin Ali Keith 12 Mililani

    8. Jenna Wong 11 Iolani

    9. Maile Scarpino 12 Iolani

    10. Chaylene Guinto 10 St Francis

Based on information and results from last week here is the team ranking for this week. And remember as we get more information and results this list will change.

  1. Iolani

  2. Mililani

  3. Seabury Hall

  4. Punahou

  5. Leilehua