Maui Prep girls cross-country team with their 2nd place trophy.
Congratulations to the girls’ cross country team for placing second among Division two schools at the November 1 HHSAA State Cross-Country meet held on Oahu. Each athlete ran a great race and Maui Prep’s own MIL champion, Sophia Johnston (so.), finished 14th out of the 199 qualifiers with a time of 19:44:95. Both Corey Patton-Losner (fr.) and Alexa Narayan (so.) placed in the top 100. Other scorers contributing to the team effort were Jessica Kingwell (so.) and Jamie Advincula (jr.). The second place finish earns its spot in school history as it is the first time Maui Prep has placed as a team at the State Championships.
The lone Maui Prep qualifier in the boys’ race was Niels Jeske (jr.), beat his state qualifying time with a time of 18:55.82. He placed 100th out of 200 runners.
HHSAA Cross-Country State Qualifiers
The team’s two coaches, Dennis Nakamura and Keenan Reader, were able to be in Oahu to support the team. They dedicated many hours training (and running with) the cross-county athletes this season; and it is rewarding to see all the hard work pay off. Way to go Pueo! Click here for more photos.
Maui Prep sophomore Sophia Johnston, MIL Champion!
Maui Prep boasts another MIL champ. Sophomore, Sophia Johnston was crowned the Girls’ Cross-Country MIL Champion last Saturday at Keopuolani Park in Wailuku. She finished the 5K race almost 30 seconds ahead of the next competitor with a time of 19:54.38 and came in with a strong finish.
Sophia enrolled in Maui Prep last year and decided to join the junior varsity cross-country team. Although she had never run in previous years, Sophia won the Junior Varsity championship meet and has only continued to improve. She has dedicated her season to working hard and gives credit to her coaches, Mr. Keenan Reader and Dennis Nakamura, for pushing her to achieve her best results.
The girls’ team placed third overall and for the first time in Maui Prep history, qualified to enter the State meet as a scoring team. They are hopeful of a second place finish among Division 2 schools. There were also several individuals that qualified to run on Oahu on November 1. Alexa Narayan (so.) with a time of 22:58.18, Corey Patton-Lossner (fr.), 23:08.48; Jessica Kingwell (so.), 23:19.25; and Jamie Advincula (jr.), 25:33.62.
The Pueo boys’ cross-country team are a relatively young team and continue to work hard to improve their times. Junior Niels Jeske, with a time of 19:22.81, qualified for States and will be joining the five girls in Oahu.
Way to go Pueo!