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Results from the First 5K

Molokai Middle and Kualapu`u Charter schools news release

The first 5K in the Kualapu’u Charter and Molokai Middle School series of five 5K’s went off without a hitch this Saturday with over 40 participants – racers, runners and walkers – taking on the three-mile challenge from Coffees of Hawai`i to Ala Ekahi and back.

Taking first place overall was Molokai High School track standout Akona Adolpho, winning in a time of 20:07.  Second and third places went to fellow MHS teammates: Hunter Manaba with a time of 21:50 and Grayson Aldridge with a time of 22:08.  In the women’s open division, Sue Forbes and Jesse Ford continued their three-year duel with Sue managing to outlast her longtime rival and friend.  Their times were 22:28 and 24:04, respectively.  Third place in the women’s division went to high school sophomore Kristin Tancayo who finished in 30:58.

In the Keiki Division, Kaina Adolpho led the charge with a very competitive time of 22:12.  Kaina was closely followed by Kekai Adachi (23:18) and Ikua Deponte (25:35) placing first, second and third in the Middle School Division.  Standout on the Girl’s side was Genevieve Kikukawa who completed the course in 29:28.  Gen was followed by Evelyn Haase, Susan Donnelly and Lahi Manaba.  In the Junior Keiki Division, 10-year-old Aukai O’Sullivan took home the gold by running a 30:40; second and third went to Keale O’Sullivan and Akone Manaba.

The second event in this five-race tryout series takes place this Saturday.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Coffees of Hawai`i with the race slated to begin at 8 a.m.  All interested Kualapu’u Charter and Molokai Middle School runners need to compete in three of the five races in this series in order to be considered for travel team selection to the Honolulu 5K for Kids.

Both schools plan to send two teams of six students. All money raised from this race series goes toward student travel.  Please come out and show your support either by running or walking “the three-mile distance” or by cheering on our island’s fine young runners.



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