YGU’s Boniface Murua to Double in 5000 m and 10000 m in Kanto Regionals Debut
Entry lists for the 98th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships, Japan’s best collegiate meet, had been launched May 14. The meet starts May 23rd at Kanagawa’s Sagamihara Gion Stadium.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary as a D1 program, Yamanashi Gakuin University will box its new Kenyan first-year Boniface Murua in the 10000 m at the 23rd and in the overall day’s 5000 m at the 26th. At 181 cm Murua has an extended and dynamic stride that used to be in complete proof when he ran 14:06.27 on the Setagaya Time Trials meet instantly after his arrival in Japan in April, and in his 28:17.36 follow-up on the Nittai University Time Trials later that month. Asked about his Kanto Regionals debut, the Japanese Murua has discovered used to be simply sufficient for him to solution, “I’ll do my best!”
third in the 800 m closing 12 months, third-year Daichi Setoguchi may be entered for the 0.33 12 months in a row. “I’ve been 5th and 3rd, so this year I want to deliver the win,” he mentioned filled with preventing spirit. Fourth-year Tatsuya Kawaguchi, a member of this 12 months’s YGU Hakone Ekiden staff lineup, will run the part marathon at Kanto Regionals. “It’s my fourth year but first Kanto Regionals,” he mentioned. “I want to make the most of my Hakone experience.”
As the staff’s vice-captain Kawaguchi used to be filled with unravel, announcing, “Kanto Regionals is a full-out battle. Every member of the team has to work toward the same goal of staying in D1. I hope that we can work together to maintain the legacy that all the great athletes who came before us built and to carry that legacy forward.” Kawaguchi’s angle mirrored YGU’s 2019-20 staff slogan, “Full Force Forward – Strong On Your Own, Strong as One.”
Head trainer Masahito Ueda, 60, commented, “For 24 years we’ve competed as a D1 program, but our experience of being competitive at that level has slipped away somehow and we’re on thin ice now. I hope that our performance at this year’s Kanto Regionals fully embodies ‘Full Force Forward.’ I want our athletes to stand on their individual starting lines with confidence.”
translated through Brett Larner