Mau, Jenkins set state track and field records


POSTED: Saturday, May 16, 2009

HILO » Trevor Mau didn't wait long to wow the crowd at the Island Movers/HHSAA Track and Field Championships preliminaries yesterday. Bryce Jenkins ensured a thrilling finish to the day, too.

Mau, a Saint Louis senior, broke the state record in the long jump by posting a mark of 23 feet, 8 inches on his first leap at Keaau High School.

He bettered the 23-6 of Kahuku's Redmond Tutor in 2006 by 2 inches.

Not to be outdone, Jenkins, a Leilehua senior, busted the 3,000-meter-run record by more than a second with an 8:57.04, bettering last year's 8:58.14 of Dawson Vorderbruegge.

Mau, bound for Division II Northern State (S.D.) on a football scholarship, swore not to settle for less than the record after a personal best of 23-10 1/4 at last week's Interscholastic League of Honolulu championships.

“;I'm happy with what I did today, but at the same time I know I can do better,”; Mau said. “;Never settle, never settle.”;

He still won't, even though his record will carry over to stand as the highest team point value in today's finals (if no one else tops it). Mau is determined to jump again to make his goal of 24 feet.

The Idaho State-bound Jenkins also feels he has more to give in his final high school effort today.

“;I knew I was going to break the record, just not by how much,”; Jenkins said. He paused. “;I guess that sounds kind of cocky, but I know I can go lower tomorrow. I'm extremely happy (with how I'm finishing).”;

The boys and girls team favorites are right where they want to be entering today's finals. Punahou, Hilo and Saint Louis were strong as expected for the boys, and Punahou, Kamehameha, Radford, Seabury Hall, Kahuku and Hawaii Prep have most of their best ready to go for the girls.

Jay-Ar Agapay pulled off a stunner in the boys high jump, one of two events finalized yesterday. The senior from King Kekaulike went 6 feet, 6 inches to top Andrew Longboy, the favorite from Mililani.

Agapay, a basketball player, didn't compete in track until this year and came in with the ninth-best height cleared at 6-1 — barely a blip on the radar. No one was more surprised than he.

“;Excited, excited,”; Agapay said with a head shake. “;Snap, I just wanted to jump higher. I want to say thank you to my coach, Aris Banaag. This feels awesome. There are a lot of good jumpers.”;

Kaiser junior Sage Hinthaus won the girls pole vault at 10 feet, 6 inches, edging Maui's Sheyenne Machinda (10-6) because of fewer misses. Hinthaus leaves back for Texas after spending this year with her father, Tom, a former Olympic pole vaulter. It paid dividends for her vaulting career.

“;We vaulted every day for the past nine months,”; Hinthaus said. “;It was such a great experience (living here). I wish I could stay next year, but I have to go back.”;

Field finals begin at 3:30 p.m. today at the Keaau track, with track events starting at 5:30 p.m.