All Things Are Run­ning Smoothly For Camp­bell Re­lay Team

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The mem­bers of Camp­bell’s boys four-by100 re­lay team don’t worry about re­sults, to hear coach Wy­att Tau tell it. When it comes to race day, much of the work is al­ready be­hind them, given their fine tun­ing.

“As I tell my bas­ket­ball team, the only time you’re pres­sured is when you are not pre­pared,” said Tau re­gard­ing the re­lay team, which in­cludes Samson An­guay, Jor­dan Sad­owski, Ti­mothy Friend, Jyrelle Umali and al­ter­nates Trey-Alan Ban­tolina and Michael Sell­ers.

“These guys put the work in. They don’t feel any pres­sure. They’re just real good guys, and that makes it easy to work on chem­istry. No one has an ego here. It’s been all, ‘OK, coach’ and no ques­tions.”

The six run­ners have high hopes for this week­end at Kame­hameha School­sKa­palama, scene of the state track and field cham­pi­onships. The four-by-100 re­lay can’t help but stand alone as the sig­na­ture event for Camp­bell be­cause it placed a team sec­ond to Pu­na­hou last sea­son. Only a rough ba­ton ex­change kept the team of Daniel Masi­filo, Arthur Ai­wohi, Chris­tian Abregano-Abcede and An­guay from win­ning the state cham­pi­onship.

“One bad hand-off cost us the state ti­tle,” Tau said,“but I think we have a chance again this year.”

The high ex­pec­ta­tions be­gin with An­guay, the an­chor and lone holdover from last year’s re­lay team. In the fall, An­guay will join the UH foot­ball team on schol­ar­ship fol­low­ing a stel­lar high school ca­reer. His ath­leti­cism also has al­ways been on dis­play dur­ing his track ca­reer, and he is look­ing for a big fin­ish this week­end. He and his team­mates re­cently cap­tured the OIA ti­tle.

Friend and Sad­owski also were foot­ball team­mates of An­guay in the fall, while Umali is only a sopho­more and the player most likely to be anointed as the “face” of the pro­gram for the next two springs.

“He’s the next best thing for Camp­bell,” Tau said of Umali, who is of­ten in five or six events at a meet dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. “He’s a hard worker who runs as many events as he is al­lowed. He’s im­proved tremen­dously on his speed and his at­ti­tude. He’ll be awe­some the next two years.

“Ti­mothy is just a strong, strong run­ner,” he said of Friend. “He’s quiet and a su­per-nice guy. He gets the job done. Ev­ery­thing with him is, ‘yes, sir’ and ‘no sir.’ He never ques­tions any­thing. Jor­dan is laid back — he’s cool — and a gamer. If you ask him to do some­thing, he’ll do it.”

Tau la­bels Sell­ers as “our best ath­lete right now.” Sell­ers will com­pete this week­end in the long and high jumps in ad­di­tion to be­ing an al­ter­nate for the four-by-100 team. “This guy does it all. He might not be the fastest, but if he chal­lenged the oth­ers in all the events, he would be in the top three in them all.”

Tau also praised Ban­tolina, whom he calls the work horse.“He does most of our longer events — the 400 and the 800. You have to have a heart to do those events. We don’t have too many guys who want to do it. Trey puts in the work, and then he puts in the work.”

The team is in the fine-tun­ing stage as it pre­pares for Fri­day’s pre­lim­i­nar­ies. Camp­bell also took a few days off last week to recharge its bat­ter­ies, ac­cord­ing to Tau.

“We’ve just been hit­ting the weight room more and do­ing a lot of ply­o­met­rics — short stuff,” he said.

An­guay also will com­pete, in­di­vid­u­ally, in both the 100and 200-me­ter runs this week­end. Tau was hope­ful that Sad­owski would make the cut­off and qual­ify in both events. “I’m pretty sure he’ll get in.”

The fi­nals are Satur­day, be­gin­ning at about 5:40 p.m., with the last event start­ing at 8:30.

The six-man re­lay team of (kneel­ing, from left) Jyrelle Umali, Trey-Alan Ban­tolina, (stand­ing) Jor­dan Sad­owski, Mike Sell­ers, Tim Friend and Samson An­guay hope to bring home the gold for Camp­bell at the state track and field cham­pi­onships this week­end at Kame­hameha Schools. Photo from Wy­att Tau.

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