(Tue) October 23, 2007
HHSAA AIR RIFLERY: Punahou, Sacred Hearts tops in state air riflery
The Punahou boys air riflery team, under head coach Karen Finley,
captured their third-straight air riflery crown, while the Sacred
Hearts girls team secured their second-straight state title at the
Civilian Marksmanship Program/HHSAA Air Riflery State Championships,
Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
the second girls’ championship for Sacred Hearts head coach Alan
Tokumura, although the Lancers have won six of the nine state
championships beginning in 1999. The Lancers tallied a team total
2,080 points, which ranks as the fifth highest point total in the short
history of the tournament. More amazingly, the top four shooters from
Sacred Hearts placed in the top six, while the two other Lancers
finished 15th and 16th.
Punahou’s Meilin Jia-Richards shot a 538 to take the gold medal and assist her team to a second place finish with 2,069 points.
Louis’ Christopher Lam shot 522 to claim the individual state title.
Runner-up Davin Lee of Punahou was just two points shy of first place,
despite having the top of his target dislodged and hanging at a
45-degree angle during the kneeling position of the competition. In
spite of the adversity of shooting at a bending target, Lee managed to
score a 183, his best score of the three positions. However, it wasn’t
enough to best the ILH state champion Lam.
and 2006 individual defending state champion Jordan Muratsuchi had a
shot at making state tournament history by being the first repeat state
champion, but fell short by a mere 11 points to finish tied for 10th
place. The top 15 finishers in both boys and girls competition earn
Rounding out the top five in the boys’ competition
include Kauai’s Jason Cabot, Konawaena’s Davis Nakashima and Punahou’s