KHS pads lead in PSS canoe series


Kagman High School’s paddlers, seen here in a file photo, continue to lead the standings of the 2020-2021 Public School System Interscholastic High School Canoe Series. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Kagman High School continues to hold the pole position in the boys division of the 2020-2021 Public School System Interscholastic High School Canoe Series after securing first place in the third leg of the series last Saturday in the waters off Kilili Beach.

KHS remains the team to beat after dominating the third leg of the series (long distance) after completing the 4.5-mile course in just 48:12.13, keeping them in first place with 5 points.

The KHS crew consists of Noah Mesa, Elbert Pinaula, Christian Achas, Koen Kabriel, Jericho Jones, Jacoby Cabrera, Joedy Pinaula, Andrew Camacho, David Igisiar, Sebastian Muna, Max Cruz, Richard Cepeda, and Oliver Weilbacher.

KHS edged Saipan Southern High School who came in second with a time of 49:01.93, giving them 3 points. The SSHS paddle team includes Jermaine Salas, Michael Peters, Eric David, Rashan Paul, Salvatore Gotti, Rexon Calage, Julian “Bill” Calvo, Vincent Christopher Tudela, Nathaniel David, and Darien Quitugua

Marianas High School, which is Top 2 in the leaderboard, fell a few seconds short and placed third last Saturday, trailing closely behind KHS and SSHS, submitting a time of 49:01.93. MHS’ team includes Mario Aldan, Kaden and Maxwell Church, Towa Irinaka, Maui Johnson, Jigger Parayaoan, Jin Park, Jon Joseph Villagomez, Blake Mister, Justin Weaver, and William Kim.

In the last two rounds of the series, KHS has held a steady lead, placing first in both the preliminary and final race of the 500m and 1,000m course, giving them 5 points each. Overall, KHS has 25 points to take the top spot in the leaderboard.

MHS, despite falling short last Saturday, still held on to the No. 2 spot with a total of 11 points. MHS’ back-to-back second place finishes in the preliminary and final race of the 1,000m course gave them 6 points, putting them at a slight advantage.

SSHS is slowly but surely gaining on MHS with a total score of 9 points on the division’s leaderboard.

The boys division of the 2020-2021 Public School System Interscholastic High School Canoe Series will continue this Saturday with another 500m and 1,000m preliminary and finals race. The men’s competition will start at 8:45am at Kilili Beach (start and finish). The canoe series are being held with assistance from Northern Marianas Paddle Sports.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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