HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Five members of the Rainbow Wahine track and field team departed Honolulu for Kansas on Monday, with their sights set on the NCAA's regional track & field meet in the city of Lawrence.
Alex Porlier Langlois (Shot Put & Discus), Charlinda Ioane (Shot Put & Discus), Felicia Vazquez (Javelin), Karen Bulger (Javelin) and Tiziana Ruiz-Dominguez (Pole Vault) all qualified for entry into the meet, the first time under head coach Carmyn James that so many have qualified for the event in the same year.
With weather conditions and travel woes expected to have an impact on competition, Jones says she is looking for leadership from Porlier Langlois, a senior who is making her third straight trip to the regional event.
"The top-12 comes down to who wants it the most," Porlier Langlois said. "It's going to be survival of the fittest, who is ready to get out there and really throw the furthest."
Others, like junior Felicia Vazquez, are making their debut appearances in the NCAA regional meet.
"Obviously I wasn't just thrown in out of nowhere," said Vazquez, of her qualifying for the meet. "I have the physical ability to do it, so I just need to work on the mental aspect of it, just to be strong and stay confident."
Competition in the meet gets underway on Thursday, with the top-12 in each event advancing to the NCAA national track and field championship meet.