Athletes from the Bremerton Jaguars, Kitsap Fliers and Thriller Track & Field will compete this week at the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Sacramento.
Ho’oponokauilani Fuiava, a Central Kitsap sophomore, was surprised when she won the Class 3A state high school discus event in May on her final throw at Mount Tahoma High School.
Fuiava, who goes by the nickname Pono, is gunning for bigger titles this week at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships in Sacramento.
Fuiava is one of more than a dozen Bremerton Jaguars club athletes who are headed to California for the biggest meet of the summer outdoor season.
Jaguars coach Earl Sincere said Fuiava could outdo herself on a national stage.
“Pono, she should come back with first place,” he said.
Fuiava will compete in the discus and shot put events for the 15-16 age group. She’s ranked seventh in the shot put and eighth in the discus.
Sincere said he and his athletes will take the same mentality into the national meet like any other.
“We go with similar goals, every kid has to be a winner. No less than that,” Sincere said. “Winning is not necessarily coming in first. Making a personal record for yourself.”
Of the 16 athletes, 11, Sincere said, could come back with a medal.
“We’re extremely happy with what we have going,” he added. “It’s going to be a beautiful summer for these guys. It’s going to be fun.”
Among other contenders is Deyondre Davis in the 400 meter hurdles. Davis, a soon-to-be senior at South Kitsap and who competes for Thriller Track & Field, is ranked fourth with a time of 54.31. He’s also seeded 15th in the 110 hurdles. Ryan Thoma of Thriller and South Kitsap is ranked No. 3 in the men’s decathlon.
- Kaiden Bauer, shot put, (9-10 age group)
- Jess Judie, 100 meter, 200 meter, long jump (7-8)
- Amare Sylvestre, long jump (7-8)
- 4×100 boys, Jaquan Davis McWhorter, Elijah Simpkins, Brycen Williams, Isaiah Cadengo (11-12)
- Alyssa Becker, 1,500, 3,000 meters (15-16)
- Pono Fuiava, discus, shot put (15-16)
- Abrial Gracien, 100, long jump, javelin
- Lily Judie, 100, 200
- Tenichi Gordon, pentathlon, 200 hurdles, 400 meters, (13-14)
- Sir Carter, 400 hurdles (17-18)
- Emerson Bollert, 4×100 relay, (15-16)
- Emma Brundige, 4400 relay, 4×100 relay, 400 meters (17-18)
- Aaliyah Chandler, 4×100 relay (15-16)
- Lauryn Chandler, 4×400 relay, 4×100 relay, 100 hurdles (17-18)
- Lorin Cox, 4×400 relay, 4×100 relay (17-18)
- Alyssa Cullen, triple jump, 100, 4×100 relay (15-16)
- Alexandra Payne, hammer throw (17-18)
- Analyah Davis, 4×400 relay, 4×100 relay (17-18)
Thriller Track & Field
- Deyondre Davis, 400 hurdles, 110 hurdles (17-18)
- Ethan Brandon, 3,000 race walk, (17-18)
- Ryan Thoma, decathlon (17-18)
- Audrey Green, 3,000 race walk (17-18)
- Emily Riehl, high jump, heptathlon (17-18)
- Callie Mueller, 3,000 race walk (15-16)
- Joren James Rentie IV, long jump (15-16)