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LAHAINA – Lahainaluna High School had the honor of hosting Satoki Yamamoto’s 67th Annual Track and Field Meet on March 26 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku.
Luna’s co-head coach Cynthia Monteleone served as emcee and introduced Olympic decathlete Lindon Victor as a special guest presenter for the competition.
Coach Monteleone, assisted by Co-Head Coach Zane Monteleone, Anis Bell, Robbie Kudlich, Christopher Meares, Simone Alves, Bob Dezotell and Lauren Amano, reported that Luna’s teams put in a solid showing during the event when returning to the track after two of the pandemic-stifled years of competition.
The boys’ team finished fourth overall, led by a silver medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay (Thomas Borges, Hoku “Samurai” Hironaka, Blare Silva Viela, C-Jay Caguioa) and a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 meters relay (Silva Viela, Timothy Heile, Donovan Kahi Magno, Thomas Borges).
Silva Viela also earned points for Lahainaluna with a second time of 11.32 in the 100 meters. And in the 400 meters final, Heile – who has set personal bests in every competition – placed second with a time of 54.8.
“All the boys on the team set personal bests during the competition, with many advancing to the finals on day two,” Coach Cynthia said. “And the women’s team, made up of just four girls, finished eighth overall.”
The Lady Lunas were led by Margaret Oneal Monteleone with a bronze in the high jump with a best 4’5″, and she anchored the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams with Cadence Ako, Haley Mahoe and Arabella Silao .
In closing, Coach Cynthia expressed her gratitude to Special Guest Coach and Award Presenter Victor, who is a metabolic client and friend.
Current Olympic decathlete, Victor holds the world record for the decathlon discus. He has won numerous titles and medals, including multiple SEC titles, NCAA championships, and Pan Am games titles.
He competed for Grenada at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics.
“Lindon is currently training for the World Championships this summer in Eugene, Oregon, and for the upcoming Olympics in Paris, France. It was an honor and a pleasure to have Lindon Victor present to be a positive influence and encouraging on the kids and to help us remember with fondness the legend of Satoki Yamamoto, one of the greatest founders of athletics here on Maui,” she says.