Cross Country End Season at States
The Molokai HS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams were represented at this year’s State Championships at Hawaii Prep Academy on Hawaii Island. Three boys a one girl qualified to run at the event. Jake Samaniego was the top finisher for the Farmers as he came in 46th out of 200 runners with a time of 19:46. Kaina Adolpho finished in 148th place (21:17) and Karter Kester was 189th (22:11). Cameryn Kahalewai was the only girl from Molokai to run and she finished in 186th place with a time of 27:59. Keeya Bicoy-Juario traveled with the team as an alternate.
Boys Head Coach Mahina Hou Ross, in his 17th year as head coach, enjoyed this year’s team.
“The boys ran a good race on a real tough course,” he said. “Jake finished his career with a good race and the rest of the boys look forward to next year.”
Ross’ daughter was also running in the race.
“My daughter Keaheakekehau Ross was the top Molokai finisher running for Kamehameha Schools Kapalama,” he said. “She finished 27th in the girls race.”
Girls Head Coach Eugene Santiago, who is retiring as head coach this year, also was happy with his team.
“The best part about retiring is ending with one of our girls qualifying for states,” he said. “With that I am very grateful, proud and hopeful that our athletic program and its leadership will continue to strive with excellence in all their endeavors. Mahalo to all who have supported our program and cheered us on during all of our meets.”
Santiago is thankful for “a wonderful experience” coaching, and says mahalo to his wife, athletic director Lee DeRouin and assistant coach Kabbie Bicoy-Juario.