Monday, October 06, 2008

The Road To HPA by Anonymous

" What I want is to be number one"

Steve Prefontaine.

There has never been a year in Hawaii history where so many girls have recorded so many fast times as this year. The latest being Honoka'a Tialana Greenwell posting an 18:18 at Waiakea. It has been many years since Tia Ferguson of Seabury Hall or Lauren Ho of HBA posted times this fast. And not just one, there are around 10. With the next ten being not so far back. It will be a major achievement for any girl to break into the top ten at this year's state meet.

In the team Rankings, we still have Mililani firmly in the #1 position but with 4 teams all able to challenge. Again it will come down to who wants it more on October 31st. Here are this weeks' team rankings.

4.Seabury Hall

Individual Rankings for this week.

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


Walter Mosch said...

Waiakea had a very fast course and the weather was cool on Saturday as it had been raining earlier in the day. Still - by any measure - Tialana Greenwell's performance this weekend was absolutely scintilating! She, Massenberg, the Kam-Kapalana team and the Seabury Hall girls will have a decided advantage at states in having already run the daunting HPA course.

MrESManHI said...

Experience on the course does not necessarily play a factor in preformance at States. Out of the 10 times they held States at HPA, only one HPA athlete has won (on the boys side) and as a team the boys have only one once and the girls twice on their home course.
Last year's Maui athletes didn't fare as well as expected with their experience on the new Kapalua course.
Tialana Greenwell does deserve credit for running the fastest time of the year, even with Waiakea being a flat fast course as I recall from when States was held there. I beleive the availbility of results from all of the leagues, and the knowledge of the times being run accross the State has helped to raise the level of competition here in Hawaii, and we should see some exciting performances at the State Championships.