West Maui runner Cynthia Monteleone aspires to set new track world record
WEST MAUI – Life is sweet in more ways than one for Maui Sugar Shop Bakery co-owner/operator Cynthia Monteleone, who is the cake artist and consultant for the business on Office Road in Kapalua. She runs the business with her husband, Zane, but is taking great strides in another passion: middle distance track competition.
Cynthia ran Division I track at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, earning Colonial Athletic Association Academic honors in four consecutive years of collegiate competition, graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors while finishing in the top five in the East Coast Athletic Conference 500-meter event.
But about 20 years ago, after completing her highly successful collegiate career, she hung up her track spikes and started her life on Maui. She met and married Zane, and the energetic couple launched the Maui Sugar Shop Bakery business about four years ago.
Two years ago, Cynthia was inspired by her daughter, Margaret, age 13, to start running again after some 20 years off.
Today, Momma Cynthia is on the verge of reaching elite, world-class status in the sport. She has come under the tutelage of Maui track coach Rudy Huber and has become a mentor herself as the coach of the Lahainaluna High School track and field team as well as the Lahaina Heat Track Club.
Earlier this year, Cynthia competed in the USTF Indoor Championships at Baltimore, Maryland, winning the 200- and 400-meter events while also running a leg on the gold medal, record-setting 4 x 200 team.
Then, just two weeks ago, the sleek 42-year-old mom competed in her first outdoor meet of the season at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
She ran an official automatic time of 58.44, putting her at the top of the world rankings in the Women’s 40-44 age group.
She will compete again at Punahou on June 24 and at Kaiser on July 7 before heading to the Mainland for the USA Track and Field Masters Outdoor National Championships in Spokane, Washington on July 26-29.
Cynthia will then compete for Team USA at the WMA World Championships in Malaga, Spain on Sept. 4-16.
She is looking to win a world championship there and also break the existing 56.90 W40 American record for the 400-meter.
Anyone who would like to support Cynthia in her quest to get to the world championships in Spain can do so by going to Lahainaheat.com or by calling (808) 662-0033.