The last leg of the Northern Marianas Athletics’ 2013 All School Cross Country Series was held last Saturday with over 60 students joining the race at the American Memorial Park.
The early morning event started with the U8 race and students doing one lap of the course (about 900m) from the parking lot near the Micro Beach pavilion and to the flag poles and back. Saipan Community School’s Jinnosuke Suzuki topped the race with his time of 7:42. The next four finishers in the boys U8 were also from SCS with Kaito Rechucher coming in at second with a time of 7:48, followed by Daniel Kang (7:55), Kai Stone (8:08) and Shea Stone (9:35). Oleai Elementary School’s Bwiilitomwar Rangamar rounded out the boys finishers after clocking in at 9:41.
In the girls U8, SCS’ Hana Ojima led the pack after submitting 7:49. Joining her in the Top 3 were fellow SCS students Chloe Seo (8:37) and Cassidy Estrada (8:58). Other SCS finishers were Madina Tang (10:35), Aoi Braxton (11:02), Raven Anderson (10:59), Milan Bacani (10:28), and Maria Santos (11:07). Completing the list were Oleai’s Kina Rangamar (9:41) and Garapan Elementary School’s Sarapina Terry (11:07).
The next batch of runners to join the third leg were U10 and U12 students, who were required to do two laps of the same course (about 1,800m)
SCS’ Haruya Eda posted the fastest time in the longer course after reaching the finish line at the 13:36 mark. He also ruled the boys U12 division beating six other schoolmates. Ken Song, who was neck-and-neack with Eda in the first lap, settled for second after logging 13:35. Isaac Jang came in at third with a time of 15:45, followed by Yun Ryo Jeon (15:54), Rovin Bacani (18:17), Maruf Mamun (19:10) and Shane Xienan (21:23).
In the girls U12, Mami Sakano clocked in at 15:59 to beat fellow SCS student Judy Kim (22:10) and register the sixth fastest time in the two-lap race.
In the U10 division, Lennosuke Suzuki was the fastest after recording 14:01. He made it to the finished line more than four minutes ahead of runner-up and SCS schoolmate Seung Jin Park, who tallied 18:05. Completing the U10 finishers were Vincent Bacani (22:14), Miku Torres (22:23), Derrick Seo (23:05), John Hong (18:57), Moon Zeng (20:45), Hyeong Bin Jeong (19:07), and Andrew Kim (19:17), who are all from SCS.
Meanwhile, the race for U14 and U18 runners was the last of the day and also the longest at about 3,000m with students going to as far as the Army Reserves area of the AMP and doing two laps of the course. Results of the final race of the weekend will be reported in Saipan Tribune later this week, along with NMAs announcement about the date and venue for the All Schools Cross Country Championships. Only those who joined at least one of the three legs of the series are qualified to participate in the championships.