Taylor Sullivan of Waimea recently competed in the Hershey’s National Track and Field Games in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and finished second in the softball throw competition on Saturday, Aug. 2. She was also chosen out of 450 participants to receive a Hershey’s scholarship that was given to one girl and one boy.
Sullivan represented region 2, which consist of Hawaii, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and California in the Hershey’s National track and field games. This is Sullivan’s third year competing in the games – all three placing second.
According to her grandmother, Gayle Fergerstrom, Sullivan was told that it was the first time in 37 years that a student from Hawaii received the scholarship given for leadership, character, sportsmanship and athletic performance.
Sullivan plays softball with the Hawaii Diamonds through the Hawaii Diamonds Sports Academy of Oahu with Coaches Kanani and Homey Numata.
On Hawaii Island, Sullivan played with the Pirates in Hilo with Coach Derek Lincoln and Coach Shane Alani, and in Kona with the Sweet Spots with coach Shane Alani and West Side Little league.
In basketball, she played with the Kamehameha Middle School’s team coached by Earl Kalawaia. She also played for several years with Coach Kevin Yamasaki and the Na Aikanes in Honokaa.
Sullivan competes in track and field, shot put and discus and presently holds the record. Although her favorite past time is supplying her steady customers with fresh fruits at her Waimea roadside fruit stand that helps her pay for her own sports costs.
“She loves the people and truly appreciates their support, donations and fruits they offer for her stand,” said Gayle Fergerstrom. “Since it operates by honor system, she believes in helping to work for what she can in pursuing her goals.”