HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 350 student-athletes from across the state hit the field at Saint Louis School on Saturday to test themselves in the football drills popularized by the NFL Scouting Combine.
Participating athletes opened the day by receiving precise measurements for height, weight and standing reach, then hit the field for measurements in the 40-yard dash, pro agility run, vertical leap and broad jump.
Unlike hand-timed runs, which can often be prone to inaccurate measurements, the Hawaii Football Combine used electronic lasers to provide precise measurements to those who elected to run.
Event director Kenny Patton, who took charge of the combine for the first time since the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance decided to end operations, says the on-field cameraderie helped drive better scores.
"It's a big deal because in the end, football players are all competitors," said Patton. "We are going to look at each other and want to compare, and even though we stress 'compete don't compare,' that's natural for us to want to do, to be better than the guy to your left and your right."
Grant Duncan, a senior-to-be at Punahou, agreed.
"I think when you see somebody go before you, you're always trying to get better and beat them," said Duncan. "But it's about doing the best you can and competing."
Times and statistics for participating athletes were only to be distributed among those who participated, Patton said.