Micronesia Track and Field champions fight for personal bests and medals in Pohnpei

championships 01By Bill Jaynes
The Kaselehlie Press
June 7, 2016
Pohnpei, FSM—The 2016 Micronesia Athletics Championships ended in a downpour at PICS (Pohnpei Island Central School) Track and Field on June 4 but the rain didn’t dampen the competitive spirit of the athletes. The games began on June 2 and featured athletes from Pohnpei, Yap, Chuuk, Guam, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Northern Marianas Islands, and Palau.
The athletes competed in 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 5000, and 10,000 meter races. 110 and 400 meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, discus throw, shot put, javelin throw, hammer throw, 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relays, octathlon, and heptathlon competitions.
Hundreds of people lined the stands to cheer on their favorite athletes. There were some remarkable performances. Rodman Teltull of Palau set a new record for the 100 meter final at 10.55 seconds, .25 seconds under the previous record.
Certainly every athlete in every event wanted to win their events and stand on the top stair during the medals presentation. The crowds cheered and yelled as the athletes thundered around the track or took flight for a long or high jump or threw some heavy object as far they could. 184 medals were awarded to 184 stunning athletes. It filled the heart with pride to see their achievements and the results can be found at www.athletics-oceania.com. Just the results for the top three medal winners span 12 pages of small print, way more than we could ever print here.

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Baseball starts in Pohnpei


MAY 2016 - The inaugural Pohnpei (“FSM”) baseball league has begun competitions at the Daini Ball field in Pohnpei. Toshio Akinaga said that dozens of donors have made the competition possible and we will do a fuller story including those donors in the next issue of The Kaselehlie Press. A total of 10 teams registered to compete. There are three Junior League teams for players 17 and under, and 7 Major League teams for those 18 and older. Akinaga said that the competitions will continue for at least the next two months. He said that he is extremely grateful for all of the support the league has received.

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Margie Winter: FSM swimmer

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Chuuk, FSM—When Margie Winter, swam in the 2014 Micro Games representing Chuuk State she was only 12 years old. She and her brother were the Chuuk Swimming Team, and we were all very proud of them.
Margie continues to swim. On March 18-20, 2016, the YMCA New York State Championships Meet was held at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Alumni Natatorium in Buffalo, NY. Thirty-seven (37) YMCA’s with a total of 1210 athletes took part in 3009 events.
One of those swimmers was Margie Winter whose mother, Marian WIshim, is from Unanu. Her Grandmother, Morris Mark is from Polowat and her Grandfather, Max Hockey is from Unanu. Her father is Dr. Stephen Winter.

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Pohnpei to host 1st Micronesian Athletics Championships

By Jim Tobin
Pohnpei will be hosting the 2016 Micronesia region Athletics (Track and Field) Championships from June 2-4, 2016. The best Track and Field athletes from the region, including Guam, Palau, Marshalls, CNMI, Nauru and the FSM will be competing in running, jumping and throwing events. The FSM largest group of athletes will be from the host Pohnpei, with over 30 youth athletes. Yap and Chuuk will also be participating. This is the first time this competition has ever been held in the Micronesian region.
championchipsThe championships start with a Technical Meeting for all coaches and technical officials at 3pm Wednesday, June 1 at the FSM National Olympic Committee conference room. A welcoming dinner for all athletes, coaches and officials will be held at Cupids Grill at 6pm on Wednesday, July 1, hosted by the Office of the President, FSM National Government. The track meet official starts on Thursday, June 02, at 3pm, at the Pohnpei Track and Field, with the main event being the 100 meter men and women preliminaries and finals. The second day, Friday, June 03, will start at 2pm, with preliminaries and finals in 400 meter, Long Jump, Shot Put and other events. The final day, Saturday, June 04 will begin at 1pm, with preliminaries and finals in 200 meters, 110 hurdles, relays and other events.

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Pohnpei Swimming Club represents FSM in Saipan

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By Susan Kihleng
Saipan—Four swimmers from the Pohnpei Swimming Club represented Pohnpei and the FSM at the Saipan International Swim Meet March 17-19. The three days of competition at the Kan Pacific Pool in Marpi, Saipan gave our swimmers an excellent opportunity to showcase their skills among some of the best swimmers in the region. The first day of competition resulted in a 1st place finish for 16 year old Kaleo Kihleng in the Men’s 200 Meter Backstroke, 2nd place finish for 11 year old Nicole Adams in the Girls 200 Meter Breaststroke, and a 3rd place finish for 11 year old Kyler Kihleng in the Boys 200 Meter Backstroke. The team finished out the day with a 3rd place finish in the Mixed 200 Meter Freestyle Relay.
Friday was another day of stiff competition and saw our team start out the day with a 4th place finish for Kestra Kihleng and 6th place finish for Nicole Adams in the Girls 100 Meter Freestyle, 6th place for Kyler Kihleng in the Boys 100 Meter Freestyle, and 3rd place for Kaleo Kihleng in the Mens 100 Meter Freestyle races. Friday’s session finished out with Nicole Adams placing 6th in the Girls 50 Meter Backstroke, Kyler Kihleng placing 4th in the Boys 50 Meter Backstroke, Kestra and Nicole placing 2nd and 3rd in the Girls 100 Meter Butterfly, and Kaleo Kihleng placing 2nd in the Mens 100 Meter Butterfly. The team enjoyed a second place finish in the Mixed 200 Meter Medley Relay.
Saturday was a full day of competition, starting early in the morning and lasting well into the evening. In spite of fatigue and some minor illnesses, the Pohnpei swimmers pulled through with some great races, finishing in the top 6 in every event they entered. Kestra Kihleng and Nicole Adams finished 2nd and 4th in the Girls 100 Meter Breaststroke, 2nd and 6th in the Girls 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd and 5th in the Girls 50 Meter Breaststroke, and 3rd and 5th in the Girls 50 Meter Freestyle. Kestra also came in 2nd in the Girls 200 Meter Individual Medley. Kyler Kihleng placed 3rd in the Boys 100 Meter Breaststroke, 6th in the Boys 50 Meter Breaststroke, 3rd in the Boys 100 Meter Backstroke, and 5th in the Boys 50 Meter Freestyle. Kaleo Kihleng finished 1st in the Mens 50 Meter Butterfly, 2nd in the 200 Meter Freestyle, 2nd in the 200 Meter Individual Medley, and 3rd in the Mens 50 Meter Freestyle.
Along with the many ribbons the team brought home was a high-point trophy, awarded to 12 year old Kestra Kihleng as she tied for third place in the overall points earned in her age division.
Swimmers were also able to tour some of the sites of the island during the five days they were in Saipan. They also enjoyed the island’s famous Night Market where the local entertainment performed a Pohnpeian song in honor of the team from Pohnpei.
The team returned from Saipan in high spirits and looks forward to representing Pohnpei in future competitions.

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Pohnpei’s TJ Rush crowned Open Men’s winner in Fiji Tennis tournament

By Litia Tikomailepanoni
Fiji Sun
March 29, 2016
Lautoka, Fiji--
Rush, 19 of the Federated States of Micronesia beat Solomon’s Christinnoh Fujiyama (4-0, 4-2) in the final of the Easter Tennis Championship at the Regional Tennis Complex in Lautoka.
Rush who is an International Tennis Federation scholarship recipient is a student of Natabua High School.
“It was a tough a match and I have been training hard and managed to pull this one,” he said.
“Good to see top players around the region come together for such a great outing.”
Row who is also from the Solomon Islands beat Fiji’s Loraine Kamoe (4-1) in the final.
Tournament director Sachin Reddy said he was impressed with the local players in the four-day event.
He said the tournament, served as a good selection ground for the national team to play at the ITF West Pacific qualifying tournament in Lautoka from May 2-8.
Reddy added that preparation is on going for the inaugural Oceania Championship to be played in Suva from June 2-9.

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Annual Rotary Club of Pohnpei Fun Run

It was a rainy day on March 12, 2016, when the Annual Rotary Club Fun Run took place.
In fact it is always a rainy day. It has rained for the last seven consecutive years, without fail. We moved the run to St. Patrick’s Day to avoid a rainy February. This year, we are in the middle of a drought, with water rationing going on and it still rained. Still this is Pohnpei, so we are all tough and used to the rain.
The Run took place as scheduled with about 100 brave and hardy souls out to compete against the elements. Some people were almost blown into the lagoon on the causeway, when the wind picked up, but all of the competitors returned safely.
The winners of the various divisions are as follows:
Overall Winner
(M) Drew Jack 19:26
(F) Reloliza Saimon 24.:46
Master Division (50+)
(M) T homas Nilsson 2 6 : 4 9
(F) Paula Nilsson 28:39
18 and Under
(M) MJ Ioanis 19:33
(F) Sulani David 32:44
12 and Under
(M) Kyler Kihleng 34:17
(F) Khloe Boylston 1:24:15
Each of the winners received a trophy provided by the FSM NOC.
However, all of the participants are winners. The top 10 finishers received cups and hats from Moylan’s Insurance. The event drew a lot of youth, so that is very important.
No run or event is possible without our sponsors and helpers. We want to thank Ambros, Inc. (Guam) for providing the run t-shirts; Palm Terrace Shopping Centre, for the venue and donations; FSM NOC for supplying the trophies and organizing the run; Pohnpei Ace Hardware; Moylan’s Insurance; Pohnpei State Police Department; Kolonia Town Police, Nett Municipal Police; Drops of Life, Island Food Community; INS and the Kaselehlie Press. Our sponsors were great and so many people helped out that the run came off without a hitch.
The Rotary Club of Pohnpei organizes this run each year as a fundraiser. It is to raise money for Rotary Club projects. Last year the Club awarded $11,300.00 in scholarships to FSM College students. The Club also donated to help finish the playground at the Pohnpei Public Library, built toilets at a Sokehs Community Center, and recently just completed a major project to put solar panels on the Sapwalap Elementary School. These are just a few of the projects your Rotary Club is involved in. Your money is being put to good use, and we are happy the fundraiser was a success.
Thanks to all of the participants who took the time to exercise in the rain (once again). Many thanks to our sponsors and all of those who helped out, including all the Rotarians. See you next year, (bring an umbrella).

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