• Wes Nakama @ The Honolulu Advertiser

Kahuku senior Jerrod Avegalio was the only boy record-setter


Kahuku's Jerrod Avegalio broke a state meet record in the boys discus with a toss of 186 feet.

Eugene Tanner * The Honolulu Advertiser

"Kahuku senior Jerrod Avegalio was the only boy record-setter, with a discus throw of 186 feet to break the old mark of 181 feet, 11 inches set by Iolani's Ed Ta'amu in 1997. Avegalio's mark is 10 feet, 11 inches short of the all-time state best mark set by Kamehameha's Brandon Ala last year, but Ala's mark was set during the Interscholastic League of Honolulu trials.

Avegalio's throw of 186 still is one of the nation's best this year and qualifies him for the adidas Outdoor National Championships in Raleigh, N.C., on June 13-14. The country's 10th-best high school throw this year was 191-1.

"Yesterday's practice was good, but this morning I woke up with a sore throat and got mad," Avegalio said. "I was mad because I didn't want to be sick. But you can work anything to your advantage. Maybe being mad gave me something extra, because I did it (set the record) despite the ailment."

Avegalio set an O'ahu Interscholastic Association East Division meet record last month with a throw of 186-10 at Kaiser, and he won the OIA championship last week at Mililani with a throw of 181-6. He said last week his goal for the state meet was 200 feet.

"My thing is I set my goal to always be extra high, that way my performance will be high," Avegalio said. "I'll never be totally satisfied. I'm still making too many mistakes — I gotta keep the discus down, it keeps going high. I love that field at Kaiser, because I throw there all the time. But this place is still new to me, and I'm still not comfortable. That's why the warm-up is so important."

Kahuku weights coach Dwayne Fely said Avegalio's record throw was almost directly into a stiff wind.

"The flags were almost straight out," Fely said.

Avegalio, a lean 6 feet 2 and 187 pounds, has overcome other obstacles. He traveled to Samoa last summer to get an intricate ceremonial tattoo from his hip to his knee.

"I'm like an heir, so it was for that and also for some personal reasons," Avegalio said. "But it took about two months to recover, and I couldn't get bigger."

His third attempt started out well but got caught in the wind and stuck into ground vertically.

"The first time I ever threw in a state meet, on Maui (in 2001), I did that," Avegalio said. "Now I did it again, on my last throw."

Avegalio also took second in the shot put with a mark of 55-3¥. He said he will attend the University of Arizona in the fall."

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