Team Faichuuk reigned supreme once again in the 2nd CNMI-Chuukese Track & Field Championship held last Saturday at the Oleai Sport Complex.
Faichuuk tallied 456 total points to beat out rival Fanapi (429), while the Tonoas (408) and Weno (373) filed in at third and fourth place, respectively.
The event was organized by the Ach-Chuukese CNMI Association in conjunction with the Department of Community & Cultural Affairs-Division of Youth Services and Northern Marianas Athletics.
Male and female individual prizes were issued to U14 runners Jeffrey Dela Cruz of Weno and Jessme Jones of Dublon; U18 runners John Santy and Riella Ichiuo, both of Fanapi; and open division runners Jesus Iguel and Rachel Abrams, both of Weno.
The athletes received cell phones and new running spikes, provided by IT&E and Robin Sapong.
The meet consisted of various male and female 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m 800m, and 1,500m runs and relays among its U14, U18, and open divisions.
According to event coordinator Ketson “Jack” Kabiriel the Ach-Chuukese CNMI Association plans on holding additional events this coming summer, which will likely feature volleyball and basketball among other potential activities and plans to continue its centerpiece track and field competition as an annual event every February.
The group wants to express its gratitude to main sponsor DCCA-DYS as well as NMA's Sapong and Elias Rangamar, IT&E, Price Costco, Safety 1st, Richard and Marian Pierce, Joshua Berger, D&Q International Distributors, Dial Rent-to-Own, McDonald's of Saipan, the Department of Public Safety's Emergency Medical Staff, and all of the volunteers for helping make the event possible.
Last year, Faichuuk took first place by a very close margin over Fanapi, 460-450; with Weno (373) and the Southern Islands (269) placing third and fourth.