Wichmann breaks UH record
Hawaii's Annett Wichmann may have put herself into the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive season yesterday when her school-record 5,413 points were good enough for an NCAA provisional score and fourth place at the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon.
Wichmann's performance was 66 points better than her previous Rainbow Wahine record, set while winning last season's Western Athletic Conference heptathlon title. That score was also the 16th best in the country last year and made her the second athlete in UH track and field history to qualify for the national meet.
Yesterday, Wichmann recorded heptathlon-personal-best scores in the long jump, javelin and second-day total.
Also, across Los Angeles County at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Open, UH junior Meghan Weaver won the shot put to qualify for the NCAA West Regionals for the third year in a row. Hawaii's Novelle Murray won the discus and Samantha Weaver won the pole vault, beating teammate Jessica Trujillo by number of attempts, at the Jesse Owens Track.
Wahine tie water polo mark
The Rainbow Wahine tied a school record yesterday by beating No. 19 Cal State Northridge 15-10 at Matador Pool to wrap up their Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season at 9-3. The nine conference wins match a UH women's water polo single-season mark.
No. 4 Hawaii got a career-high six goals from Angela Turnbull and five more from Kelly Mason on the way to improving to 13-8 overall.
Four Rainbow Wahine and one of the Matadors (12-16, 0-9) were ejected from the match.
The Rainbow Wahine wrap up the regular season with two nonconference matches today at Cal Baptist -- playing Hartwick and then the host team after that. UH is idle next week heading into the MPSF Championships, April 26-29, at Arizona State.
K-1 World Grand Prix card finalized
The full fight card for the K-1 World Grand Prix Hawaii event scheduled for April 28 at the Blaisdell Arena has been announced.
Hawaii's Scott Junk returns to the K-1 ring as part of the eight-man tournament, and will face 2005 Hawaii Grand Prix champion Gary Goodridge in the first round. Other tournament fighters include Mighty Mo, Tatsufumi Tomihira, Kyoung Suk Kim and Jan "The Giant" Nortje. The winner will have to defeat three opponents in the same night.
Also on the card, Badr Hari and Yusuke Fujimoto will fight for the K-1 heavyweight title, and two superfights have also been added. Two-time World Grand Prix champion Remy Bonjasky takes on Brazil's Glaube Feitosa, and Randy Kim will fight Junichi Sawayashiki.
Tickets ranging from $40 to $500 are available at all Ticketmaster outlets. The doors will open at 5 p.m.
Antelopes sweep Sea Warriors
The first game was over early, the second went into extra innings. But Hawaii Pacific lost both, falling 11-3, then 8-7 in 11 innings yesterday in a Pacific West Conference baseball doubleheader at Grand Canyon.
In the first game, the Antelopes exploded with a six-run fifth inning to pull away for good.
Johnny Gentry had four hits and three RBIs for the Sea Warriors in the second game, and Mark Veneri brought Gentry home with the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th. But Grand Canyon answered with two runs in the last of the inning to win the game.
The Sea Warriors (19-20) and the Antelopes (22-18) will play two more doubleheaders at Phoenix, Ariz.
PWC opens tennis play at BYUH
No. 20 Hawaii Pacific beat Grand Canyon 6-0 and No. 34 Hawaii-Hilo beat Chaminade 6-0 in first-day action yesterday at the Pacific West Conference women's tennis championships at Brigham Young-Hawaii.
UH-Hilo and HPU are set to play each other today, with Grand Canyon facing No. 1 BYUH at 3 p.m. The tournament wraps up tomorrow in Laie.
UH-Hilo, HPU ranked in softball polls
Hawaii-Hilo dropped one spot to No. 15 in this week's National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 softball poll. Hawaii Pacific also fell one spot from last week, to No. 22. Lock Haven (26-1) remains No. 1.
The Vulcans (32-7) are also No. 3 in the NCAA Division II West Region rankings. The Sea Warriors (23-8) are No. 5. The region's final top eight teams qualify for Division II postseason play.
The two teams meet for a 5 p.m. doubleheader tomorrow at Central Oahu Regional Park. They play another doubleheader Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
Free keiki canoe event Sunday
Lokahi Canoe Club is set to hold a keiki paddling instructional event Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ala Wai near the Kapahulu Library.
The event is geared toward kids ages 10 to 14 and their parents, though paddlers of any age are welcome to learn more about the sport.
The event is free. Paddles and snacks are provided. For more information, go to www.lokahicanoeclub.org.