Warriors’ Spencer won’t
compete in state meet

With Waika Spencer, Kamehameha's boys looked like a good bet to repeat as state track and field champions.

But the Warriors are without their star junior jumper, and Kamehameha coach Sam Moku said that means the Hawaii High School Athletic Association/Island Movers meet's boys team title chase is wide open. Trials are tomorrow and finals Saturday at War Memorial Stadium on Maui.

"He's out for sure," Moku said of Spencer, who injured a knee in the trials of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championships last week. "He would've been worth a minimum of 20 points."

Spencer's absence opens possibilities for Pearl City, Hilo, Kahuku and Maui, Moku said.

Spencer was second in the triple jump, third in the long jump and fourth in the high jump at last year's state meet.

Individually, all eyes will be on Kapaa sprinter Joe Locey, one of the favorites to break a record.

"He's for real. I've got him pegged to win the 100 and the 200," Moku said. "We saw him on Oahu at the Ralph Martinson meet, and he was smokin'."

Locey was timed at 10.78 in the 100 meters at the Kauai Interscholastic Federation championships last week on a gravel track. The state meet records are held by Nanakuli's Clayton Mahuka (10.6, hand-timed in 1985), Castle's Bryan Clay (10.52, wind-aided in 1998) and St. Anthony's Shane Victorino (10.80 in 1999).

Two-time defending girls team champion Iolani returns both individual winners from last year's meet: high jumper Kelly Higa and 3,000-meter runner Nicole Anderson. Both were second in those events at last week's ILH championships, which Punahou won.


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