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Sendai Ikuei Boys and Girls Sweep National High School Ekiden

Sendai Ikuei Boys and Girls Sweep National High School Ekiden

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Bringing in combination the rustic’s easiest highschool athletes in Kyoto, the Dec. 22 National High School Ekiden Championships noticed Miyagi prefecture’s Sendai Ikuei H.S. dominate, taking the nationwide titles in each the lads’ and women’ races. It was once the primary time in 26 years for Sendai Ikuei to succeed in the double at Nationals.

The women’ race, a part marathon distance cut up into 5 sections, featured an early duel between remaining yr’s winner Kamimura Gakuen H.S. of Kagoshima prefecture and Sendai Ikuei, third remaining yr. A stage-winning run from 3rd runner Moe Shimizu put Sendai Ikuei into the highest place, and from there to the tip it held directly to the result in win in 1:07:00, its fourth nationwide name and the fifth-fastest time in tournament historical past. Only one different college, Aichi prefecture’s Toyokawa H.S., has ever gained Nationals 4 instances. Anchor and staff captain Rina Kimura was once delighted as she commented, “We started the race today feeling like all of us were ready to fly. I didn’t think I was going to start my stage in the lead, but I gave it everything I had so that nobody could catch me. I’m super happy to have won with an all-Japanese team.”

Following the ladies’ race, Sendai Ikuei in an instant asserted keep an eye on of the marathon-length seven-stage boys’ race. Mid-race they misplaced flooring to Okayama prefecture’s Kurashiki H.S., falling over a minute at the back of, however with a level record-breaking run via Muchiri Ndirangu at the Sixth Stage Sendai Ikuei closed the happy to only 5 seconds. First-year anchor Shunsuke Yoshii stuck Kurashiki’s anchor, ready till the general lap of the observe with the end line in sight to kick away for the win. Sendai Ikuei’s time of two:01:32 was once the second-fastest ever within the National High School Ekiden’s 70-year historical past, the college’s 8th nationwide name and first in 12 years.

Stage record-setter Ndirangu informed journalists, “I’m very happy that we won. All I thought about was doing best, and it was a really fun race.” Anchor Yoshii stated, “The gap to the lead really closed up on the Sixth Stage, so I thought that if I didn’t overtake 1st it would be my fault that we didn’t win. I still had gas in the tank on the track, so when it came down to the last sprint with about 200 m I went for it with everything I had. It’s so awesome that we won.”

The remaining time Sendai Ikuei took each the ladies’ and boys’ National High School Ekiden Championships titles was once in 1993. The handiest different college to ever succeed in the double was once Hiroshima prefecture’s Sera H.S. in 2015.

31st National High School Girls Ekiden Championships

Kyoto, 12/22/19
47 groups, five phases, 21.0975 km
entire effects

Top Team Results
1. Sendai Ikuei H.S. – 1:07:00
2. Kamimura Gakuen H.S. – 1:07:19
three. Chikushi Joshi Gakuen H.S. – 1:08:24
four. Kojikan H.S. – 1:08:41
five. Aomori Yamada H.S. – 1:08:47
6. Suma Gakuen H.S. – 1:08:59
7. Ritsumeikan Uji H.S. – 1:09:04
eight. Isahaya H.S. – 1:09:05
nine. Nagano Higashi H.S. – 1:09:20
10. Tokiwa H.S. – 1:09:22

Stage Best Performances
First Stage (6.zero km) – Haruka Kokai (2d 12 months,, Sendai Ikuei H.S.) – 19:29
Second Stage (four.0975 km) – Tricia Muthoni (2d 12 months., Sera H.S.) – 12:15
Third Stage (three.zero km) – Moe Shimizu (third 12 months., Sendai Ikuei H.S.) – nine:24
Fourth Stage (three.zero km) – Natsumi Yamanaka (1st 12 months., Sendai Ikuei H.S.) – nine:20
Fifth Stage (five.zero km) – Elizabeth Njeri (third 12 months., Aomori Yamada H.S.) – 15:28

70th National High School Boys Ekiden

Kyoto, 12/22/19
58 groups, 7 phases, 42.195 km
entire effects

Top Team Results
1. Sendai Ikuei H.S. – 2:01:32
2. Kurashiki H.S. – 2:01:35
three. Saku Chosei H.S. – 2:02:28
four. Kyushu Gakuin H.S. – 2:02:39
five. Gakuho Ishikawa H.S. – 2:02:43
6. Oita Tomei H.S. – 2:02:52
7. Miyazaki Nichidai H.S. – 2:02:56
eight. Jiyugaoka H.S. – 2:02:57
nine. Tonodai Daini H.S. – 2:03:00
10. Toyokawa H.S. – 2:03:16

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