Pearl City’s Maile Shigemasa, 2012 OIA Cross Country Champion!

Oct 21, 2012 | PC Sports


Pearl City's Maile Shigemasa is a true champion in every sense of the word when defined by her inspirational championship performance at the Oahu Interscholastic Association Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Team and Individual Championships held at Hawaii Pacific University's Hawaii Loa Campus on Saturday.

Shigemasa found herself trailing the lead pack in the third and final lap of the 3-mile HPU "hilly" course that included a steep climb in each lap that tested her endurance and ability to make the transition from running on a flat, Waialua High School course during regular season meets as well as the OIA Western Division Championships.

"Waialua is the easier course but this course is a good place to run before states because states is going to be challenging this year," said Shigemasa. "I think the hills definitely helped. I feel confident going into the states."

After bursting out to a lead on lap one, Shigemasa had company in Radford's Tandeka Nunn who caught and passed her on the second lap. On the final lap, Shigemasa was trailing the lead pack of three runners by a few yards. That's when she decided that losing was not an option and turned on the jets.

Shigemasa ran down and passed the lead pack of Alea Amano (Kaiser), Tamako Delfino (Roosevelt) and Nunn (Radford) to win the race and individual championship title with a time of 20:03.07. Alea Amano finished in second place with a time of 20:17.47.

"I was a little scared, I thought I was going to lose it," Shigemasa said. "I didn't want to lose, so I just went for it. I think maybe I went up a little too hard on the first hill and it showed on the second and third lap."

Shigemasa also led her teammates to a fifth place finish in the team competition that earned the Lady Chargers a spot in this week's HHSAA Cross Country State Championships at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island.

The Pearl City Charger boy’s also earned a trip to the HHSAA Cross Country State Championships after a strong second place team competition finish.

Reece Teramoto was the first to cross the finish line for the Chargers in sixth place covering the 3-mile course in 17:10.80. Leilehua's Christopher Olverson
placed first with a time of 16:44.44.

Congratulations to the Charger boys and girls cross country teams for their exceptional performances at the Oahu Interscholatic Association Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Team and Individual Championships.

Also to congratulations to Charger Head Coaches Todd Nishida and Donaldo Hopper. Great job as always in preparing and guiding your teams.

Good luck in the state championships!

Go Chargers!

Oahu Interscholastic Association Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country Team and Individual Championships




1.    Leilehua        1:27:31.0

2.    Pearl City       1:28:51.51

3.    Moanalua       1:29:52.05

4.    Campbell       1:30:24.67

5.    Mililani            1:31:46:95

Individual – Pearl City

Place   #           Runner                   Time

6              #940        Reece Teramoto              17:10.80

8              #943        Zachary Villarmia              17:18.26

15           #597        Paul Enriquez                     17:39.03

22           #595        Chase Arguelles                17:53.67

44           #599         Matthew Iwane                   18:49.75

63           #594         Devin Ajimine                      20:27.97

67           #914         Ryan  Nakano                     20:51.91




1.   Roosevelt      1:48: 27.61

2.   Leilehua         1:48:30.26

3.   Kaiser             1:49:07.78

4.   Radford          1:49:42.75

5.   Pearl City       1:49:34.65

Individual – Pearl City

Place  #               Runner                         Time

1            #870              Maile Shigemasa                    20:03.07

11          #449              Kailee  Eli                                  21:28.59

16          #810             Tiffany Nakagawa                     21:52.95

40          #450             Sasha Kapuras                         23:03.75

42          #869             Nicole Noel                                23:06.29

48          #447             Ariela  Bali                                  23:34.62

50          #448             Kayla Cadiz                                23:47.76

For complete race results log on to:

                                                           Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Maile Shigemasa approaches the finish line in the girls varsity OIA Cross Country Championship race which she won in a time of 20:03.07.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Congratulations Maile!

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Reece Teramoto #940 comes flying down the hill on the second lap in the boys race on Saturday. Teramoto was the first to finish for the Charger boys in sixth place completing the 3-mile course in 17:10.80.