They are two of the state’s best multi-event athletes and Baldwin High School’s best pole vaulters ever.

Tyler Feiteira and Amber Kozaki solidified their respective place in history Saturday, with wins in the boys and girls pole vault at the 2013 Punahou Relays.

The annual meet is held on Alexander Field on the Buffanblu campus in Makiki.

Feiteira won the boys pole vault by clearing 14 feet, 6 inches on his second attempt. Punahou’s Bryson Wong was second at 14-0, followed by St. Anthony’s Christopher Rickard’s 13-6 — a new personal best for the Trojan junior.

Feiteira’s winning height was five inches higher than his previous best and broke the school’s record of 14-3, held by Feiteira’s coach and former Baldwin vaulter Linden Wada in 2001.

“I’m very proud of him,” Wada said of Feiteira’s 14-6, currently the state’s No. 1 jump. “I joked with him that I was sad that he broke my record, but it’s much better than if I wasn’t coaching him.”

Feiteira said the competition and hot conditions helped to push him. Normally, the senior vaults while hurdling and long jumping, where is ranked among the best in the highs, intermediates and long jump.

“It was a little weird to just pole vault, but I was blessed to be able to jump that height,” Feiteira explained. “It felt pretty high, but before I jumped I left it in God’s hands.

“I’m pretty happy, but nothing counts until the state meet,” he added.

For classmate Kozaki, who has been on a record-breaking tour each week, Punahou was her best meet of the year, Wada said.

“Amber did so good, her 12-6 broke the meet record by one foot,” her coach noted. “The record was held by (Baldwin’s) Kristine Felix, who last year went 11-6. She’s never vaulted as good as she did today. it was her best ever. Her technique was really good. We worked really hard during he week to get her technique a little better and it worked.”

Punahou junior Sandy Marumoto was second at 12 feet, followed by Kaiser freshman Rachel Craft at 10-6.

Wada said Kozaki, who’s 12-7 at the Victorino Invitational earlier this month is the best vault by a female in Hawaii, is still scratching the surface of her potential.

“She’s hoping to go 13-3 or 13-4. I’m hoping she goes 13-7 or 13-8,” said Wada, a two-time state champion (2001-2002). “I think she can go really high, we just have to tweak a few more things. I can see her getting 13 feet out of the way this week and going high 13s.”

Wada estimates Kozaki was five or six inches above the bar on her second attempt at 12-9. She is also among the state’s best in the girls long jump and 100-meter dash.

Feiteira made two attempts at 15-1 before calling it quits. His 14-6 is the best jump by a Maui Interscholastic League vaulter since St. Anthony’s Ethan Kim went 14-6 in 2011.

Vaulters from the MIL have won three of the last four state pole vault titles in both the boys and girls divisions.


Baldwin High Vaulter Magazine
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