The Honolulu Marathon Association has concluded a three-year agreement with the Hawaii High School Athletic Association to sponsor the state cross-country championships.
It is the first multi-year contract signed by an HHSAA sponsor.
"High school cross country is a natural training ground for future marathon runners," said Honolulu Marathon Association president Dr. Jim Barahal.
"I think it's very important that we support this kind of activity and we want to establish our relationship with the high schools. We also want to send a signal to other potential sponsors to get behind these programs and make long-term commitments."
Barahal said either he or marathon race director Dr. Jon Cross will be at the state meet at Hawaii Preparatory Academy Nov. 22 to present the awards.
He said that he will invite the winners to the pre-marathon banquet to be held at the Oahu Country Club. The event is annually attended by some of the world's premier runners of past and present, including 1972 Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter.
"We also offered our logistical support resources to the HHSAA," said Barahal, whose own race was the world's largest marathon of 1995.
Barahal and HHSAA executive director Dwight Toyama shook hands on the deal last Friday.
Toyama also secured a one-year sponsorship for the state track and field meet, which will be held May 15 and May 17 at Kaiser. The event will be sponsored by Island Movers.
Don Takaki, owner of the company that sponsors Hawaii's Alaska League baseball team, made the $10,000 deal with Toyama.
With the HHSAA now an independent organization, Toyama has been putting together sponsorship packages for each of the state tournaments the association runs.
Still available for sponsorship are the following tournaments:
Boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' swimming, wrestling, boys' and girls' tennis and golf.
Toyama hopes to find a sponsor willing to put up enough money to get the wrestling tournament into the University of Hawaii's Special Events Arena Feb. 28 and March 1.
Last Saturday, he tied an OIA record for distance with a 51-yard boot against pressure with four seconds left to beat Campbell, 18-16, in the annual Cane Knife Classic at Waipahu.
Waipahu head coach Sam Delos Reyes said Naehu scored even though his holder got a bad snap.
In the first game of the regular season, Naehu's 36-yarder against a driving rain and troublesome wind provided the deciding points in a 16-7 victory over Kahuku.
There will be four boys' matches at Moanalua and four girls' matches at McKinley. Competition will begin at 2 p.m. at both sites.
Waianae and McKinley swept the boys' and girls' divisions and therefore draw byes until Nov. 2.
Negotiations with stadium management will be concluded by the end of the month.