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Runner Another Step Closer to States

The Molokai High School Farmers track and field team may have another state qualifier on their hands. Sophomore Akona Adolpho dropped time in his 800-meter race at last weekend’s Victorino Ohana Invitational at War Memorial stadium – and is 4.5 seconds away from the state qualifying time.

“With a little bit more focus in practice, and a little more push, I’m sure I’ll be able to get the techniques I need,” to qualify, Adolpho said.

“I’m really proud of the way he ran with such courage,” said coach Jessie Ford. Akona finaled in sixth place in the 800 at 2:11.43. He qualified with his personal best, 2:09.58.

Senior Kalei Adolpho qualified for states in the high jump at the last Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) meet.

At the Victorino meet, Akona was joined by teammates Xristina Bicoy and Maka Alameida. Bicoy landed in eighth in the 1500-meter at 6:50.60 – despite having shin splints.

Ford said she is looking forward to “more personal bests, awesome form and great attitude – all of which I think will happen” for the rest of the season. The team heads to the MIL championships next, April 29-30 at War Memorial.

Ford added a mahalo to Hawaiian Canoe Club for use of their hale, and Baldwin High for their continued hospitality.

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