Hawaii’s Alyssa Mae Antolin outran setbacks to become Big West top track awardee

HONOLULU — The setback had nothing on the comeback for Hawaii sprinter Alyssa Mae Antolin.

When she tore her left ACL on the soccer field her senior year at Maui High, Antolin faced an uncertain journey to becoming a competitive college athlete. It turned out that a year of recovery wasn’t enough; the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to wait even longer.


What You Need To Know

    • In her second year as a member of the Hawaii track and field team, Maui native Alyssa Mae Antolin put together her finest effort as a college athlete, leading the Rainbow Wahine to an unprecedented second-place finish in the Big West championship meet
    • Antolin recorded a personal best in the 200-meter dash to win that event in 23.79 seconds, and also finished second in the 100 and was a part of UH’s first-place 4×400 and second-place 4×100 meter relay teams to be named Big West Co-Track Athlete of the Year
    • She was coming off a devastating knee injury from her senior year of soccer at Maui High, and was limited her freshman year at Northern Colorado before electing to transfer home to UH
  • Her UH teammates Lilian Turban (high jump) and Hallee Layman (discus) will compete in the NCAA West Prelims in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday

But the third-year sophomore put it all together this season, capped with an all-around performance that helped the Rainbow Wahine earn their best finish ever at the Big West championships — second — at UC Davis on May 14.

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