Aloha boys team up to soar in relay competition

by: DAN BROOD - Aloha junior Glapouhbae Garmondeh, with his teammates cheering him on, picks up the pace during the distance medley race at Saturday's Aloha Relays.ALOHA — Usually, they compete against each other.

They push each other in practice, making each other better.

But on Saturday, they got to team up and work together. The results were, well, spectacular.

Distance runners on the Aloha High School boys track and field team turned their teamwork into a winning performance at the Aloha Relays, held at Aloha High School.

In one of the main highlights of the meet for the Warriors, juniors Glapouhbae Garmondeh, Glapoujay Garmondeh and Joel Kramer and senior Ethan Klein teamed up to win the distance medley relay.

“This means a lot to us and the team,” Glapouhbae Garmondeh said after the victory.

The victory in the distance medley relay also helped the Aloha boys claim the top spot in the 10-school meet with a score of 104 points. That put the Warriors well ahead of second-place Silverton, which had a score of 79.5.

In the distance medley relay, the Aloha team won the event, which covered 4,000 meters, in a time of 10 minutes, 48.27 seconds.

“We push each other in practice every day,” Glapoujay Garmondeh said. “We use each other to get better. That hard work paid off.”

“We usually just compete against each other,” Kramer said. “It was nice to work together.”

“It was good,” said Glapouhbae Garmondeh, who ran the anchor 1,600-meter leg. “We were all able to push it.”

The Aloha boys had two other winning performances at the meet.

In the 3,000, Warrior junior Devin Sellers triumphed in a time of 9:14.87. Junior Edward Tran had a winning time of 16.07 in the 110 high hurdles. His teammate, senior Paul Chung, was second in that race with a mark of 16.32.

Also for the Aloha boys, sophomore Jadden Lake took second place in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 3 1/2 inches. He also cleared 5-10 to take fourth place in the high jump.

Senior Calvin Liggins was third in the shot put with a throw of 42-1. Junior Brent Marsonette ran to third place in the 3,000 in 9:35.09.

In the 4 x 800 relay, the team of Glapouhbae Garmondeh, Glapoujay Garmondeh, senior Matthew Painter and Kramer ran to second place in 8:29.79. Glapouhbae Garmondeh, Glapoujay Garmondeh, Kramer and Klein took third place in the 4 x 400 relay in 3:40.94.

The Aloha girls took fifth place in the team standings at the meet with 62.66 points.

In the 4 x 800 relay, the Aloha team of Kathleen Neblett, Desryre Blackburn, Sage Czelder and Jemimah Cordes picked up a win in a time of 10:28.72.

Warrior junior Allison Martinez had a winning time of 11:16.64 in the 3,000. Aloha junior Annalise Hodges was third in that race in a time of 12:01.63.

The Aloha team of Cordes, Alyssa Foote, Taylor Nickel and Kenne Khiev was third in the 4 x 400 relay in 4:34.28. Nickel, Khiev, Blackburn and Neblett teamed to place third in the distance medley relay in 13:26.56.

The Gladstone girls took first place in the team standings at the meet with 149 points.

Prior to the Aloha Relays, the Aloha boys scored a 74.33-70.66 win over Southridge in a Metro League dual meet held April 24 at Southridge High School. The Aloha boys improved to 1-4 in league meets with the victory, while Southridge dropped to 0-4.

At that meet, Glapoujay Gharmondeh won the 800 in 2:01.79 and Kramer triumphed in the 1,500 in 4:20.03.

For Southridge, junior Jordan Morgan won the 100 in 11.51, and he had a winning mark of 21-5 in the long jump. Skyhawk junior Jeffrey Kan sprinted to victory in the 200 in 23.85, and he won the 400 in 52.55.

The Southridge girls scored a 119-26 win against the Warriors at that meet. Southridge evened its league mark at 2-2 with the win, while Aloha moved to 0-5.

Senior Jordyn Searle had a big day for the Skyhawks at that meet. She ran to victory in the 100 in 12.87 and she had a winning mark of 18-1 1/2 in the long jump. Searle also ran a leg on Southridge’s winning 4 x 100 relay team.

Also for Southridge, senior Marisa Hamilton won the discus with a throw of 99-9, and she had a winning toss of 32-1 3/4 in the shot put. Junior Rachel Niesen ran to victory in the 1,500 in 5:01.44, and she had a winning mark of 11:13.60 in the 3,000.

Skyhawk junior Natalie Leckey won the 100 high hurdles in 16.58, and she triumphed in the 300 low hurdles in 46.63.

The Southridge teams were scheduled to host Lincoln in a league dual meet on Wednesday. Results of that meet weren’t available when the Times went to press.

The Aloha teams will be back in action Friday when they compete at the Jesuit Twilight Relays.

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