The athletic year for the University of Hawaii will officially come to an end this weekend. The final order of business, a title shot for Rainbow Wahine triple jumper Amanda Alvarez.
This Friday, the senior will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon where she will be among 24 competitors striding for glory.
The triple jump requires an explosion of energy and force. Amanda Alvarez is that explosion waiting to happen just like it did at the NCAA West preliminaries 2 weeks ago in Texas where Alvarez finished 5th. She recorded a personal best covering a distance of 43-feet, 7.75 inches.
Alvarez thinks that "best" wasn't even the best she could do and she'll have some support. Her parents will make the 424-mile trip from their home in Vancouver, Washington to Eugene, Oregon. They will be looking on when Amanda steps across the track.
Alvarez is the 7th Wahine in the last 8-years to qualify for NCAA championships.
The first runner to cross the finish line of the 2013 Honolulu Marathon was Gilbert Chepkwony who finished in 2:18:47.
Dry weather conditions made for a great day as thousands of runners participated in the 41st Annual Honolulu Marathon. Those who ran inspired others to participate next year-- while those who cheered from the sidelines helped motivate them to keep running.
It's the holiday season and that means parties, fun and for some, drinking. However, police are on the lookout for drunk drivers. One family offered a reminder on Sunday, why it's important to not drink and drive.