Strong Finish in Honolulu 5K
By Sue Forbes
Molokai 5K team members from Molokai Middle and Kualapu`u Charter Schools placed first through nineth in their respective age group categories at the third annual Honolulu 5K for Kids on Sunday, April 28. Rafael Adolpho led the charge for the Molokai team, claiming first place in the boy’s 11-12 age division. Adolpho ran a personal record of 21:49 on the flat and fast downtown course.
Taking second and third for Molokai in the girl’s 9-10 category, Keahe Ross and Kapili`ula Naehu whipped through the course in 26:10 and 26:48, respectively. Fourth for Molokai in the boy’s 9-10 category, CJ Adolpho ran another P.R. for the team, finishing in a time of 26:31.
Kaina Adolpho was the number five finisher in the highly competitive boy’s 13-14 age group. Kaina’s time was the fastest among the Molokai contingent. Kaina’s 21:35 was also a P.R. Sixth for Molokai in the girl’s 13-14s, first-time participant Coral Kapuni-Lopez finished strong, crossing the line in a time of 26:30. Seventh for Molokai in the boy’s 11-12s, Nainoa Kahale completed the course in 24:57. Eighth in the boy’s 13-14s, Ikua Deponte saved his best race for the last race of the season running a P.R. of 22:31. Two runners placed ninth: Genevieve Kikukawa in the girl’s 13-14s (27:23) and Ikena Deponte in the boy’s 9-10s (28:05).
All in all, it was a great day for Molokai!