Holding a slim lead in the team standings going into the meet’s final event, Kahuku just had to grab a few more points.
"We were up by nine points, so we really had to get up there for the last race," said Kahuku sophomore Kayla Taulapapa.
Taulapapa helped her team finish fourth in the 4×400-meter relay as Kahuku won its first girls team title at last night’s Oahu Interscholastic Association track and field championships at Mililani High School.
Kahuku, which won four events, finished with 90 points. Mililani was second with 85.
"It’s pretty amazing. We’ve always worked at this and wanted to win this," said Taulapapa, who was second in the 400 and long jump, fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200.
Senior teammate Zhane Santiago won the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump, and was second in the 300 hurdles to cap a stellar four years at the OIA finals. She’s won league titles as a freshman and holds the meet record in the 100 hurdles set last year and the triple jump record set in 2009.
"I’m proud," Santiago said. "Three of our girls ran the 300, so I’m pretty happy they ran it with me. Taulapapa did well in her single events. I’m happy for them."
The Red Raiders’ Joshlyn Noga won the shot put and finished second in the discus. Kahuku led Mililani, 86 to 77, heading into the 4×400.
Several records were broken last night, including one held by Olympic gold medal decathlete Bryan Clay. Kapolei’s Devin Jenkins won the 200 in 21.48 seconds, breaking the previous record of 21.55 set by Clay in 1998 when he competed at Castle. Clay, who also holds the OIA records in the 100 and 110 hurdles, won the decathlon at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"That was my goal, but I didn’t know I could do it in this meet," said Jenkins, who also won the 100 in 10.68. "I didn’t really feel like I was going that fast. But my coach taught me if you calm down, you can go a lot faster than you think you are."
Moanalua’s Sophie Curatilo broke both of her records in the 1,500 and 3,000 runs that she set in Thursday’s trials. She won the 1,500 in 4:55.68 and 3,000 in 10:52.08. After a 20-minute break, she ran on Moanalua’s 4×400 relay team that finished fifth.
"I love doing the team stuff and I think we all really wanted to do it," an exhausted Curatilo said after the meet.
Radford won its first boys title since 1998 with a huge team effort, finishing on top with 91 points. Mililani was second with 57.
Freshman Cameron Dapkins won the 1,500 run in 4:19.51 and the Rams also won the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.
"We’ve been putting in hard work day in and day out, coming to practice, it’s basically the hard work. It feels real good," said Radford’s Phil Hogan.
"I tried my best to run each race like my last and it paid off ," added Radford’s Krixtofer Hughley, who won the 400 in 51.78 and was on the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.
Radford’s Andrea Hinkle won the girls 100 and 200 and was a member of the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.
Waipahu’s Aaron Cox won the boys 110 and 300 hurdles, a major improvement from last year.
"I was nervous," said Cox. "It was the first time I was racing in both events and last year I was in the back. Hard work, lots of time I put in this year."